Comedian Chris Gethard was once the darling of Comedy Central. But after a sitcom cancelation, he found himself in the midst of a twisting career path, while struggling with depression, alcoholism, and anxiety. Gethard channeled this pressure into a one-man comedy show titled, “Career Suicide.” After honing his act, Gethard found Hollywood director-producer Judd Apatow in his corner. With advice from Apatow, he started sharing stories about mental health and allowed audience members to also open up during his shows. “It guided the jokes and the priorities of how I was building the show,” he said, using their input to tweak his material. “It also did really light a fire under me to step up and remember that there’s more to this than any other type of comedy I’ve done before.” Gethard’s new solo show can be seen at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in NYC. He’s also continued his comeback by landing acting roles on Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and the movie “Don’t Think Twice.”
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