On Sept. 8, Eddie Murphy appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to promote his new film “Mr. Church.”
In his appearance, Kimmel revealed that he heard that Tracy Morgan, another famous comedian known for the show “30 Rock” and his time as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” had credited Murphy with the first laugh he received after his accident.
In 2014, Morgan was riding in a car, when a truck, driven by a man who had not slept in 24 hours, crashed into his limousine. The accident left him in a coma for eight days, critically injured two others, and killed Morgan’s friend, and fellow comedian, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair.
“I love Tracy,” said Murphy.
Murphy then spoke about how Morgan came to his house and they broke bread, eating ballpark franks, while revealing an impression of Morgan that impressed Kimmel, imitating the mannerisms and speech of the “SNL” star.
“That’s why I’m a always be cool with Eddie, because of those ballpark franks!” imitated Murphy. “When I was young they used to call me ‘Fat Murphy’.”
“Everybody imitates Tracy Morgan,” said Kimmel. “But that’s easily the best Tracy Morgan I’ve ever seen.”
Murphy’s film “Mr. Church” is out in theaters Sept. 16.