Chris Gethard Would Prefer To Laugh About His Depression


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!

100 thoughts on “Chris Gethard Would Prefer To Laugh About His Depression

  1. Of all things I could take from this yet one thing that stuck out to me is. Hey I have the same shoe size as Stephen Colbert.

  2. To be fair, it wasn't Paul Giamatti's first time in a dumpster (The Amazing Spider-Man 2).
    At least this dumpster wasn't on fire.

  3. "Maybe Chris could advertise for his lack of a father figure on that massive forehead of his."
    – A line from 2009 CollegeHumor All-Nighter Impromptu Roast of Chris Gethard

    Chris has always reminded me of Rocko from Rocko's Modern Life

  4. He has a really great comedy album called My Comedy Album. Just saw lots of people who'd never heard of him before, so thought I'd point people in the right direction.

  5. Hollywood Gethard! All his shows are on YouTube from his fusion network episodes to the crazy public access days and they're all amazing.

  6. I just want to like almost every comment here. Awesome that he's being so open and maybe that'll destigmatize mental illnesses. Most importantly, he's funny as hell 😂 That closing joke was hilarious!

  7. Oooookaaaay, only 20 seocnds in and i have to say; That intro music has to be one of the most bizzare sounding compositions i have ever heard.

    I did not like it at all.

  8. First became aware of the guy just a little bit ago when he guested on the Blank Check podcast. Seems like a really funny guy. Happy for his current success.

  9. His podcast not mentioned in the video is called Beautiful Anonymous and it is an amazing podcast if you are ever in the mood for something different. He basically interviews (much in the fashion of a late night show) complete strangers over the phone. There are a few rules that make it interesting:
    1) He isn't allowed to learn the name of the stranger and the stranger is supposed to keep as much info a secret as possible
    2) He isn't allowed to hang up the phone no matter the conversation but the stranger can hang up at any time
    3) The phone is set to automatically hang up at one hour
    4) He has to play along and talk about whatever the stranger wants to basically

    It's pretty amazing and eye opening, honestly. One of my favorite podcasts.

  10. …and I found the new spokesman for Viagra. Chris GETHARD. Maybe "Get Hard" the movie is based on him.  Gethard sounds like the name of a villain in a Die Hard movie.

  11. What Chris said about anti-depressants is information that I hope gets more widely disseminated for the benefit of suffers of depression + anxiety. I was one of those who thought that if I took anti-depressants I suddenly lose all my creativity and my self, but I eventually reached the point where I asked myself "Is this even living?" and 'caved' by getting a script. Boy was I wrong. I had always been someone who admired and appreciated the arts but was never able to produce anything of my own but as soon as I went on AD's it was like the dam was broken and my creativity could flow freely. Just as anxiety + depression can motivate creativity, your cliche tortured artist types, it can also inhibit it in the worst of ways. If you're someone who is declining treatment because of these fears fuck em. Don't take all the internet hype about side effects to heart like "I started taking lexapro and my dick fell off." Take that information in, definitely keep it in mind so you know what's going on in the event side effects do occur, but don't let these sensationalized reports scare you from getting real help.

  12. There was no mention of his wonderful podcast Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People. It's doing pretty well and those of you who haven't heard it should look into it.

  13. chris isnt successful he just bends over to the right people and takes it up the ass at his secret meetings

  14. I'm checking Chris out here after loving his guest appearance on the podcast Tell Me Something l Don't Know. I'll be scanning for more. Meanwhile…
    At last! The hitherto deprived folks who want (need?) to see extended footage of
    – great actors (or just Important People)
    – stuck (imprisoned/entombed?)
    – in trash receptacles (or perhaps, more generally, large metal boxes; or perhaps, more generically, any large container).
    …are finally beginning to be accepted and supplied.

    #AllKinksMatter

  15. Recruiters on tv shows, seems like 90% of all tv hosts are male, could you please try to be less male biesed. Thanks!

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