I’m doing Career Suicide off-Broadway! I really hope you’ll come!
You can get tickets at the link below. If you come the first nine days, use the promo code Geth10 and you’ll get ten bucks off!
Just to get this out of the way, there’s been some nice press about the show. For example, The Guardian gave it four stars and said -
“… what is bleakly funny – and beautifully articulated by Gethard – is how broken we become, how far from dignity and capability we fall, when depression takes a grip.”
Sounds super funny, right? Don’t forget the “bleakly funny” part they put up top.
The Scotsman also gave it four stars and said -
“Chris Gethard is part of a new generation of comics that can lay all but their most troublesome problems on the line to greatly compelling and entertaining effect.”
“… its openness and its vividness leave you with a happy hum of connection.”
Seriously I think you’ll enjoy it! Who doesn’t want a happy hum of connection once in a while?
This show is a real labor of love - I’ve been working on it for over two years. It’s stand up comedy, I promise, and I’ve worked hard to make it super funny. But it also happens to focus on my dealings with depression, suicide attempts, alcohol abuse, and my ups and downs in navigating the world of therapy.
I sincerely think it’s a really funny show, and also sometimes people seem to get something out of it. My priority is to be honest to my experience and to make jokes that are as funny as possible, but also if it makes some parents have an easier time dealing with their kid being messed up than my parents had with me I wouldn’t mind that either.
There’s a real superteam behind this project. This show is being presented by none other than Judd Apatow. Judd heard I was doing this show and reached out to me about it and for the past year and change has been giving me notes, encouragement, and advice. You can imagine how much this has shaped and improved the show.
Career Suicide is being directed by Kimberly Senior, which is BONKERS. She is WAY out of my league and honestly I’m not quite sure why she agreed to do this. She’s been working hands on with this thing and it has gotten so much better for it. If you’ve seen the show before, I promise, you haven’t seen it like this. She basically injected it with steroids - it’s funnier, more heartfelt, and better for her work on it. Kimberly directed a play called Disgraced that won a Pulitzer a few years back. She does tons of work at places like the Goodman and Steppenwolf and on Broadway. It’s such a godsend that she’s helping me out.
I’ve been working on this show so hard for years at places like Union Hall, UCB, and pop up shows in cities all over the U.S as well as a maniac boot camp run at the Edinburgh fringe festival where I did the show 26 nights in a row and worked on it every single day until it almost broke me. Its become its best version yet and I hope you’ll come witness it now.
This is kind of a huge step for me. I’ve always been an underground guy trying to be honest and do work that I believe in. I’ve always been on the fringe and this is a big step to the mainstream for me, but I honestly think it’s less about me going legit and more about maybe the world at large being a little bit more ready to have this conversation.
I truly hope you’ll come out and support. Whether you’ve had my back for years - in which case this is a big celebration - or if you’re a new fan via Beautiful/Anonymous and want to see a different format for me to be all heartfelt like I get on that podcast, or just discovering me because of the word spreading about this particular show, it would be a huge honor to have you attend.