Comedian Tracy Morgan was in a car accident in June, 2014 that killed his friend James McNair — and nearly left him paralyzed. Almost two years later, Morgan returned to New Brunswick, New Jersey to perform stand-up at a theater just two miles from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, where he was taken after the accident. And in the audience Saturday night were the doctors, nurses and first responders who saved his life, and helped restore him to health.

"Last night was one of the most special nights of my life," Morgan told People. "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."

Morgan reportedly ended the show by turning on the house lights in the theater, and sharing a standing ovation with the hospital staff who helped him get back to health.

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

Morgan donated the night's proceeds to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.