Chris Gethard On Being A Stand-Up Comedian With Anxiety


Chris Gethard's new HBO comedy special "Career Suicide" doesn't exactly sound like a laugh riot on paper.

The comedian details his history with anxiety and depression in graphic and grim detail but somehow manages to keep you laughing throughout his stories of therapy and pharmaceuticals.

Gethard has been open about his mental health before — he even devoted an entire episode of his talk show to discussing mental illness with guest Maria Bamford and anyone who wanted to call in -- but his new special is so much more deeply personal.

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It's full of raw, emotional stories from the darkest moments of his life, which must be incredibly difficult to write and perform.

I caught up with Chris at the Tribeca Film Festival screening of "Career Suicide," and he detailed the arduous process of performing the personal show.


One of the main threads in the special is Chris' love of comedy was able to help him deal with a lot of his dark moments. But doesn't a stand-up comedian with anxiety sound a bit antithetical? How can an anxious person enjoy standing in front of a bunch of strangers and divulging his whole life's story?

According to Chris, he really only truly feels comfortable when he is on the stage performing his stand-up act. He explains that although all eyes are on him, he still feels like an outsider pointing out details in the world.


"Chris Gethard: Career Suicide" premieres on HBO this Saturday at 10 pm ET.