Chris Gethard Would Prefer To Laugh About His Depression

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MY NEXT GUEST IS THE VERY FUNNY
HOST OF “THE CHRIS GETHARD SHOW” ON
FUSION. PLEASE WELCOME CHRIS GETHARD. COME ON UP. THANKS FOR BEING HERE.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME.>>Stephen: THINGS ARE GOING
GREAT FOR YOU RIGHT NOW.>>THEY’RE AGO.>>Stephen: THEY’RE IN THE THE
GREAT MOVIE “DON’T THINK TWICE.” AND YOU HAVE THE THE SHOW, THE
“THE CHRIS GETHARD SHOW” ON FUSION. THE SHOW CALLS ITSELF THE MOST
BIZARRE AND OFTEN SADDEST TALK SHOW IN NEW YORK CITY.>>YEAH, WE HAVE YOU BEAT ON
SADNESS, I THINK. NOTHING ELSE, NOTHINGES, BUT
SADNESS, YEAH.>>Stephen: WHAT IS THE MOST
BIZARRE AND SAD THING YOU’VE DONE RECENTLY ON THE SHOW?>>MY FAVORITE WAS WE DID AN
EPISODE– YOU CAN WATCH IT, PAUL SHEER AND JASON MANDUCAS WERE
OUR GUESTS. AND THE WHOLE IDEA WAS GUESS
WHAT’S IN THE DUMPSTER. THAT WAS THE WHOLE HOUR.>>Stephen: YOU HAD A DUMPSTER
ON SET.>>ON SET. AND CALLERS COULD CALL IN AND
BE, “IS IT A RACKLE BALL?” AND WE’D SAY NO.>>Stephen: IT COULD BE ANY
ITEM IN THE UNIVERSE.>>WHAT IT TURNED OUT TO BE– IF
YOU DON’T UPON THE SPOILER– IT WAS PAUL GIAMATTI.>>TAKE A GUESS?>>A BOWL OF SPAGHETTI WITH
OREGANO IN IT.>>BOWL OF SPAGHETTI WITH
OREGANO.>>Stephen: HOW LONG WAS PAUL
GIMOUNTAIN NETHAT DUMPSTER?>>CLOSE TO TWO AND A HALF
HOURS, STEPHEN. AND HAVING ONE OF OUR GREATEST
LIVING ACTORS, I WANT YOU TO SIT IN A TRASH RECEPTACLE. IT WAS SAD.>>Stephen: DID YOU CLEAN IT
OUT?>>I THINK SO. I LEAVE THAT TO THE THE
PRODUCTION STAFF. I DON’T KNOW. I DON’T PERSONALLY CLEAN IT OUT. BUT, YEAH, YOU CAN ACTUALLY–
YOU CAN WATCH ALL TWO AND A HALF HOURS OF HIM IN THE DUMPSTER ON
YOUTUBE.>>Stephen: WOW.>>YEAH, YEAH.>>Stephen: SOME PEOPLE HAVE
THAT FETISH, I’M SURE.>>YEAH. THERE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE.>>IT WASN’T PLEASANT ASKING A
MAN OF HIS CALIBER, “WILL YOU DO THIS?”
BUT HE WAS A GOOD SPORT ABOUT IT.>>Stephen: WHEN DID YOU DO
THIS?>>A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO.>>Stephen: I KNOW HIS
PUBLICIST.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: I’M GOING TO CALL
HER.>>YEAH, IT MIGHT BE THE FIRST
SHE’S HEARD OF IT ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: YOU’RE ALSO IN
“DON’T THINK TWICE, “WHICH WAS ABOUT PEOPLE STARTING OFF IN
COMEDY, SPECIFICALLY IMPROV COMEDY. AND YOU CAME FROM THAT WORLD.>>I DID.>>Stephen: WHAT WAS IT LIKE
DOING THAT MOVIE? WAS THERE A SCRIPT OR DID YOU
GUYS IMPROVISE IT?>>THERE WAS A SCRIPT. THERE WERE SOME IMPROVISED
SKETCHES. IT’S ABOUT ONE MEMBER OF AN
IMPROV GROUP GETS REALLY SUCCESSFUL, AND THE OTHERS
PEOPLE ARE LIKE, I’M NEVER GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL. AND I KNOW THAT SECOND FEELING
VERY, VERY WELL, OF FEELING ALL MY FRIEND ARE GETTING
SUCCESSFUL, AND I’M STILL HERE DOING IMPROV 12 YEARS LATER. SO FOR ME IT WASN’T ACTING SO
MUCH AS KIND OF REENACTING 2006 AND 2007. ( LAUGHTER )
>>Stephen: WELL, BUT YOU’RE SUCCESSFUL NOW. I MEAN–
>>MAYBE. I DON’T KNOW. ( LAUGHTER ).>>Stephen: NO, NO, YOU ARE! YOU’VE GOT THE SHOW. YOU’VE GOT THE MOVIE. YOU’VE GOT A NEW– YOU’VE GOT A
SHOW THAT’S MOVING OFF BROADWAY AT THE LYNN RED GRAVE THEATER
CALLED “CAREER SUICIDE.”>>I’M SEMISUCCESSFUL. THAT BEING SAID, ALLEN IVERSON’S
SWEAT PANT ARE WORTH MORE THAN MY SUIT SO I’M NOT THAT
SUCCESSFUL.>>Stephen: HE GAVE ME THESE
SHOES.>>HE DID!>>Stephen: WHAT SIZE SHOE DO
YOU WEAR?>>11 AND A HALF.>>Stephen: THESE ARE 10 AND A
HALF. HOW TALL ARE YOU?>>I’M 5’7″.>>Stephen: YOU AND HAVE AN 11
AND A HALF FOOT SHOE? WOW? ( APPLAUSE )
WHAT ARE YOU DEPRESSED ABOUT? ( LAUGHTER )
>>A LOT OF THINGS. A LOT OF THINGS.>>Stephen: YOU TALK ABOUT– A
LOT ABOUT ANXIETY.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: IN YOUR SHOW. WHAT MAKES YOU ANXIOUS?>>ALL KINDS OF THINGS. MY SHOW IS ALL ABOUT MY
DEPRESSION ISSUES. IT’S A COMEDY SHOW, I WANT TO BE
CLEAR.>>Stephen: ALL COMEDY IN SOME
WAY IS ABOUT ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION.>>I THINK PEOPLE ARE STILL
SCARED TO TALK ABOUT THIS STUFF AND I WANT TO LAUGH ABOUT IT AND
SEE IF THAT HELPS A LITTLE BIT THE ANXIETY– ONE LOW-LEVEL, MY
WIFE IS INCREDIBLE, AN INCREDIBLE PERSON, BUT IF SHE
HAS ONE FLAW, IT IS IF SHE USES A CABINET, IT JUST STAYS OPEN.>>Stephen: ALL THE THE WAY
OPEN?>>LIKE, SHE WILL OPEN IT AND
WALK AWAY. I DON’T KNOW IF SHE KNOWS THEY
MOVE IN THE OTHER DIRECTION. LIKE, IT’S BAD. AND THERE WAS ONE NIGHT WHERE WE
LAID DOWN IN BED AND I COULDN’T FALL ASLEEP BECAUSE I KNEW,
“THERE’S A CABINET OPEN IN OUR KITCHEN.” AND IN MY HEAD I’M LIKE WHO
CARES? IT’S FINE. THERE ARE NO NEGATIVE
REPERCUSSIONS. AND IN MY HEAD I SAID, “YOU
CANNOT MAKE THAT PROMISE.” I KNEW I WAS CRAZY. I SAID, “DON’T DO IT. IT’S CRAZY IF YOU DO IT.” BUT I DID. I TIPTOED INTO OUR KITCHEN, AND
I SHUT THE CABINET DOOR, AND I SAID OUT LOUD, “IT’S OVER.” AND I FELL ASLEEP. THAT’S HOW I LIVE.>>Stephen: THE FUNNY THING
SICAN TOTALLY RELATE TO YOUR WIFE, BECAUSE THAT’S MY WIFE. MY WIFE IS LIKE THAT. WE’RE GOING TO BED AT THE END OF
DAY AND SHE’LL BE LIKE, “YOU CAN TURN OFF THE LIGHTS IN THE
KITCHEN.” I SAID, “YOU BET.” AND I OPEN A CABINET AND START
TO TURN OFF LIGHTS. AND SHE’S LIKE, PLEASE DON’T,
PLEASE CLOSE THAT. SHE’LL RUN OVER AND GO TO CLOSE
THE CABINET AND RUN OUT OF THE KITCHEN AND I’LL GO, “TURN OFF
THE LIGHT.”>>PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND MY WIFE
ARE DRIVING PEOPLE LIKE ME AND YOUR WIFE INSANE.>>Stephen: YOU ALSO ARE–
YOU’RE ALSO VERY OPEN ABOUT TAKING ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND THAT
SORT OF THING.>>YEAH.>>Stephen: SOME PEOPLE LOOK
AT COMEDIANS, ARE A SAD ON THE INSIDE CLOWN. AND IF YOU AREN’T SAD OR
DEPRESSED YOU CAN’T BE FUNNY. DID THAT WORRY YOU AT ALL.>>IT DID. AND I THINK IT’S A SAD MYTH. I ALWAYS ARE WORRY I’LL LOSE MY
IDEAS IF I’M ON ANTIDEPRESSANTS. AND I WENT ON THEM AND I’M SO
MUCH FUNNIER NOW, WHICH IS STUNNING TO SEE. I REMEMBER ONE OF THE IDEAS– I
THINK BACK TO THESE IDEAS. I WENT TO RUTGERS UNIVERSITY–
THE RARE CLAP FOR RUTGERS, WELL DONE. AN APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF CLAPPING
FOR RUTGERS UNIVERSITY. I WAS THERE AND I HAD FRIENDS
DICOMEDY WITH AND I CALLED THEM UP AND SAID, “I HAVE THE BEST
IDEA I EVER HAD. GET OVER HERE.”>>Stephen: THIS WAS
PREANTIDEPRESSANTS.>>IT WAS PREANTIDEPRESSANTS. AND I SAID, “WE’RE GOING TO
WRITE A PLAY TONIGHT. IT’S GOING TO BE CALLED TIME
PHONE AND IT WILL BE ABOUT A PHONE WHERE YOU CAN PICK IT UP
AND YOU CAN TALK TO PEOPLE IN OTHER ERR AS OF TIME. WE’LL PERFORM IT ONE NIGHT ONLY
ALSO TONIGHT AT AN A.T.M. BOOTH AT A LOCAL BANK. WHO’S GOING TO SEE IT? IF ANYBODY NEEDS CATCH THEY WILL
CATCH A FEW MINUTE OF TIME PHONE. AND THEY WERE ALL LIKE, “NO, NO,
WE’RE NOT DOING IT.” AND NOT ONLY IS THAT A BAD IDEA
THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE BEEN SCARED TO LOSE, IT’S THE PLOT OF A
DENNIS QUAID MOVIE. “FREQUENCY “IS THAT WITH A HAM
RADIO.>>Stephen: ABSOLUTELY.>>THAT’S WHAT I WAS SCARED OF
IF I WENT ON MEDS I WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GO INTO A MANIC PHASE
AND RIP OFF DENNIS QUAID.>>Stephen: THANK YOU SO MUCH
FOR BEING HERE.>>THANKS FOR HAVING ME.>>Stephen: “CAREER SUICIDE”
OPENS OFF-BROADWAY ON OCTOBER 5. CHRIS GETHARD, EVERYBODY!

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