He’s back! After suffering from devastating injuries in a deadly car accident last year, comedian Tracy Morgan is making his triumphant return to comedy as host of Saturday Night Live, where he spent eight seasons as a regular cast member.
NBC announced that the Studio 8H vet is the third of the late-night institution’s first three hosts of Season 41, following returning host Miley Cyrus and comedy darling Amy Schumer.
Cyrus, who will take the reins for the Oct. 3 season premiere, has hosted the show twice before, and did double duty as musical guest on her Oct. 5, 2013 appearance. The singer-actress, who covered Paul Simon on SNL‘s landmark 40th anniversary special, is set to host the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 30.
Trainwreck writer/star Schumer, fresh off her box office success (and multiple Emmy nominations for her Comedy Central show), will make her SNL debut the following week on Oct. 10. The Inside Amy Schumer star’s latest stand-up comedy special, Amy Schumer: Live From the Apollo, debuts Oct. 17.
Morgan, who spent eight seasons as an SNL cast member from 1996 to 2003, followed by seven seasons as the goofy Tracy Jordan on 30 Rock from 2006 to 2013, will host the Oct. 17 episode of SNL. It will mark his first return to comedy after suffering debilitating injuries in a 2014 car accident that killed his friend and collaborator James McNair.
The three hosts’ musical guests will be announced at a later date.