Chris Gethard Comedy, Success, Failure, and Depression
Written by Josh Silver
With the social stigma surrounding mental illness relaxing lately, more and more comedians are coming out talking about issues they have dealt with. Louie C.K., Sarah Silverman, and the great late Rodney Dangerfield (just to name a few) have at one point opened up and talked about their fights with depression. Currently the World Health Organization estimates that 5% of the world’s population (that’s 350 million people for those keeping count). It shouldn’t come as a surprise that when with some people fight depression with comedy.
Enter Chris Gethard and a new stage show “Judd Apatow Commits Career Suicide with Chris Gethard”. It’s a mouthful for sure, but the comedy show is all about finding the light in the darkest of places. For those not in the know, Chris Gethar went from a lead role in a new comedy on Comedy Central: to hosting a public access show inside of a year. Gethard facing anxiety and depression issues all his life, took on a role on the ill-fated show “Big Lake”. The rise and fall of the comedian could have been devastating, he could have sunk into his depression. He didn’t though, by cracking jokes at what ailed him he can make people laugh and bring awareness to a disease that effects so many.
Gethard hit the professional rock bottom, he could have stayed down, felt sorry for himself but he didn’t. He moved on and started his public access show “The Chris Gethard Show”, a show that got picked up by the cable network Fusion. Gethard and others have shown that depression and anxiety doesn’t have to stop you. I like to think they also show that sometimes laughter is the best medicine.