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On "30 Rock," Tracy Morgan played a crass, eccentric comedy personality who constantly wore an audacious “TJ” chain.

In real life, he’s a crass, eccentric comedy personality who probably lost the TJ chain when he tossed it into a dancing crowd at an after-party.


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He’s also an SNL alum, stand-up comic, and celebrated movie star with a big smile and a heart of gold.

In 2014, Tracy was in a car accident that killed his friend James McNair, and nearly took his life too. He suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him in a coma for eight days.

Now, he's almost fully recovered. He's doing stand-up shows, he hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, and he is operating at near-full Tracy capacity. While he's bravely moving forward with his life, he hasn't forgotten to look back and say thank you to those who helped him get this far. In fact, he hasn't stopped saying it.

Tracy Morgan at the Emmys in 2015. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

A year after his crash, Morgan appeared on "Today" and offered a teary-eyed thank you to the doctors and nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital who saved his life.

When he appeared on stage at the Emmys in 2015, after a thunderous standing ovation, he once again said thanks to his doctors as well as his family and friends for staying with him and supporting him.

This past weekend, he thanked the medical staff who saved his life in the best way possible — by performing a private show for them.

The audience at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey, was filled with doctors, nurses, and first responders who all lent a hand in saving his life.

"Last night was one of the most special nights of my life," Morgan told People Magazine. "To be standing on stage with the people that saved my life in the audience was an overwhelming experience. I will never fully be able to thank the doctors, nurses, first responders and everyone else that got me back on that stage enough."

If that weren’t a kind enough gesture, Tracy donated all proceeds from the show to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

Tracy with his family at the 67th Emmy Awards. Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images.

Over the past two years, Tracy Morgan has gone out of his way to appreciate the professionals who helped save his life, but it’s a good reminder to appreciate doctors, nurses, and first responders who save lives every single day.

They don’t always treat celebrities and they don’t always get thanked on national TV or on stage at a private show, but they all deserve our gratitude.

Should the unthinkable happen and your life depended on the care of medical professionals, you’d certainly be glad they were there for you. Just as Tracy was.

"These people are heroes and I love them all from the bottom of my heart," Tracy said. "The only good thing that happened on that horrible night was that I was close to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital when the accident happened."

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She bought the perfect wedding dress that went viral on TikTok. It was only $3.75

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Upon first glance, one might think that Jillian Lynch wore a traditional (read: expensive) dress to her wedding. After all, it did look glamorous on her. But this 32-year-old bride has a secret superpower: thrifting.

Lynch posted her bargain hunt on TikTok, sharing that she had been perusing thrift shops in Ohio for four days in a row, with the actual ceremony being only a month away. Lynch then displays an elegant ivory-colored Camila Coelho dress. Fitting perfectly, still brand new and with the tags on it, no less.

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"Mom missed the memo it was parent day, and the reason her mom missed the memo was her dad left Wednesday," said Alexis Perry-Rodriguez, Addie's mom. She continued, "It was really heartbreaking to see your daughter standing out there being the only one without their father, knowing why he's away. It's not just an absentee parent. He's serving our country."

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.