Tracy Morgan Honored By Friars Club ... Jokes About Near-Death Accident
5/28/2022 6:24 AM PT
Tracy Morgan got a rare, high honor Friday night ... a coveted Friars Club award, and he did not miss an opportunity to tell a couple of hilarious jokes about his near-death experience.
Tracy received the Icon Award in NYC, where 500 people showed up to honor the comedian. Among them ... Sherri Shepherd, JB Smoove, Chris Kattan, Allan Houston, Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley, Paul Shaffer, Ben Vereen, Bill Bogg, Carol Alt, Joe Piscopo, Geraldo Rivera, NYC Mayor Eric Adams, Vincent Pastore, Brian Quinn & Joe Gatto, Rudy Giuliani and Anthony Weiner.
NYC Mayor Adams presented TM with a framed document declaring May 26, 2022, as Tracy Morgan Day. Friars Club President, Arthur Aidala, honored Tracy with an Icon Award trophy.
His speech was great! As you know, Tracy was in a limo that was hit by a truck and it was touch and go for awhile ... Tracy's rehab was arduous and long, but he bounced back, clearly NOT losing his sense of humor.
He explained when you fall down, you have to get right back up, unless you're hit by a truck and then you just lay there and wait for a lawyer!!!
Friars Club honored Tracy Morgan with Icon Award at a gala event attended by about 500 people at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Midtown on Thursday night. The event also raised money for a charity called Stand Up For Children, which raises money to cure cancer in kids.
Not many celebs have received the award ... among them -- Sinatra, Cary Grant, Robert De Niro and Tom Cruise. The Award's only been bestowed 9 times in the history of Friars.
The event also honored Betty White and bob Saget.
Proceeds from the splashy event go to a good cause ... Stand Up to Cancer.