REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Chris Gethard: Career Suicide” Opened with a ShowScore of 84

Show-Score | Oct 14, 2016
“Chris Gethard: Career Suicide,” written by Chris Gethard and directed by Kimberly Senior, opened on October 13, 2016 in New York City. “Chris Gethard: Career Suicide,” written by Chris Gethard and directed by Kimberly Senior, opened on October 13, 2016 in New York City.


13 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 86.

Charles Isherwood
The New York Times
ShowScore: 85
"While solo shows about tough times and garden-variety depression are not exactly rare flora on the theater scene, Mr. Gethard, who confesses he’s been depressive since he was a preteen, confronts with a bruising and sometimes hilarious frankness his longstanding urge to pull the plug on himself...Mr. Gethard’s delivery often belies—thank goodness—the dark waters he swims through...He definitely qualifies as significantly funny."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 85
"Depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies and graphic descriptions of the horrific side effects of psychotropic medications are not normally the stuff of which comedy shows are made...Fortunately for both him and us, he does it so entertainingly that the show's title, 'Chris Gethard: Career Suicide,' is unlikely to prove prophetic...That he manages to be simultaneously funny and moving while doing so is the key to the success of the show, sensitively directed by Kimberly Senior."
Melanie Votaw
ShowScore: 85
"Gethard is part stand-up comic and part poignant storyteller, moving seamlessly between self-deprecating jokes and heart-wrenching moments...While suicide attempts, alcoholic blackouts, and graphic stories about pharmaceutical side effects don't seem like fodder for comedy, Gethard skillfully makes them funny without ever losing sight of the seriousness of his subject matter. He pulls this off partly because he's talking about his own life, but also because he is unflinchingly honest."


The show was also reviewed by 37 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 84.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing

Teresa 6209, ShowScore: 78
See it if…"You are able to laugh at jokes regarding personal experiences with depression and suicide attempts." 
Don't see it if…"You are disturbed by references to alcoholism, depression and suicide, or if you don't enjoy one-man comedy shows."
MAUREEN H 6154, ShowScore: 80
See it if…"You would like a one-man comedy show about dealing with depression in an honest, whimsical way." 
Don't see it if…"You are not interested in mental health issues or struggles through life."
Sophia C, ShowScore: 71
See it if…"You like Chris Gethard and want to know more about his life and struggles with depression."  
Don't see it if…"You want to laugh a lot."

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