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Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

From 119 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

About the show

Judd Apatow presents Chris Gethard's new solo comedy about depression, alcoholism, suicide, and the other funniest parts of life. Directed by Broadway's Kimberly Senior ('Disgraced'). More…

Actor, comedian, and writer Gethard holds nothing back as he dives into his experiences with mental illness, ethically questionable psychiatry, and finding hope in weird places…even northern New Jersey. From devastating lows to manic highs, 'Chris Gethard: Career Suicide' is a painfully honest journey into the mind of one of the most original comics at work today.


Member Reviews (119)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant
85
Avg Score

95
Intelligent, Must see, Riveting, Resonant, Profound

See it if Raw, honest. So important! Everyone should see it. Not about being entertained... and self and truth.

Don't see it if You want a traditional show or are expecting guffaw comedy.

85
Absorbing, Funny, Intense, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if Experience the ups and downs of a person struggling with major depression while pursuing a career in comedy. Moving and insightful.

Don't see it if You prefer lighter material, or don't like solo shows.

84
Confessional, Funny, Resonant, Entertaining, Profound

See it if you want to see a unique stand-up comedian present a unique one-man confessional about the ups-and-downs of depression and moderate fame.

Don't see it if you're not willing to face your own demons as Gethard lays his own soul bare for you; you can't find the humor in human foibles & frailties.

70
Engaging, Funny, Intimate, Refreshing

See it if you're a fan of Chris Gethard.

Don't see it if you're not into one man shows.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Funny

See it if Sensational, humanistic, funny handling of taboo topic of personal depression. Gethard's sly, engaging persona eases discomfort level

Don't see it if If mental illness/addiction issues strikes to close to home. Still, serious yet empathic & at times hilarious tone yield upbeat results

82
Absorbing, Ambitious, Funny, Relevant, Intense

See it if you enjoy stand-up with a plot, have interest in issues of depression, anxiety and suicide presented with self-deprecating humor

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with public discussions of suicide & depression, don't like one person shows or hearing a comedian recount their life

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Funny, Serious

See it if You enjoy one person shows and/or are interested in the topic of clinical depression and anxiety. Still is a comedy show with lots of laughs

Don't see it if If the topic of depression, anxiety and suicidal thinking is not one you want to hear about.

Also Very well done! I learned a lot and was entertained by the humor in th... Read more Read less

80
Touching and funny, in equal measure., Tough subject, movingly explored, Absorbing, but a bit too long., Thoughtful and well-written., A different kind of stand up act.

See it if You like standup and find quirky, nerdy personalities appealing. Chris handles his personal demons with charm and grace. It's absorbing.

Don't see it if You would find the subject matter too triggering/depressing. Not for everyone-some walked out. Some parts are uncomfortable or squirmy.

85
Clever, Funny, Touching, insightful, compassionate

See it if you want to see serious subject matters (depression, suicidal thoughts & drug dependence) handled with humor, delicacy & compassion.

Don't see it if An autobiographical stand-up performance about the above subjects does not appeal to you, regardless of how well handled. Not for everyone.

85
Clever, Funny

See it if You like stand up. This is essentially story style stand up. Made for a fun evening.

Don't see it if Don't like one man shows. Don't like stand up.

80
Funny, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Quirky

See it if You enjoy seeing how a person with a mental illness has used his troubles to triumph through humor.

Don't see it if You just cannot bring yourself to laugh at mental illness, even when it being delivered by the sufferer.

Also Humor is the best therapy and laughter the best medicine.

95
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Profound, Quirky

See it if You like solo shows that are deep and insightful.

Don't see it if If you want a classic stage play with all the trimmings

82
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Hilarious

See it if You want to go inside the head and heart of depression while laughing along

Don't see it if You are not ready to confront issues head on

93
Absorbing, Great writing, Funny, Must see, Resonant

See it if You enjoy deeply personal performances told with honesty and humor. What a privilege to see this show!

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with depression, then you definitely must see this show to remove those fears. Everyone should see this show.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy a semi-autobiographical, well-delivered, thought-provoking performance,

Don't see it if If you do not like one person shows or do not like "stand up" shows.

78
Refreshing, Great writing, Sarcastic, Woody allen-esque

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.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you suffer from depression, or know someone who does, or just want to understand depression better.

Don't see it if you dislike shows about mental illness.

Also Despite the topic, the show is not a downer. Instead, it holds out hop... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Anxiety & depression, Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You are a fan of the stand-up/monologue/theatre genre. Like dark comedy. You enjoy and get northern New Jersey cultural references.

Don't see it if You avoid the discussion of difficult, deeply personal issues. Need action and struggle with slowly paced wordiness.

Also The matinee audience was into this performance more than I (and the el... Read more Read less

78
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Relevant

See it if you're up for soul-baring insights on struggle to attain & maintain mental health related with humor and verve in intimate setting.

Don't see it if you don't like solo performance or possible interaction (if in first row) or zero set design, or need traditional play and plot resolution.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Ambitious

See it if Brilliant Baker exploring archetypes, myths, creation,identity as group begins work on a "project" that depends on stories we tell ourselves

Don't see it if need a linear tale that doesn't require theater participation through active listening and interpretation - this one really makes u think

93
Absorbing, Funny, Resonant, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you want to see a great example of engaging and honest storytelling

Don't see it if the topics are too personal or resonant for you

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You like stand-up. You or someone you know suffers from depression. You want to see stand-up in a non-drinking atmosphere.

Don't see it if You have no empathy. If you believe that all a person needs to do is "snap out of it".

Also I foudn myself absorbed in his story. At one point he told an anecdote... Read more Read less

100
Poignant, Funny, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if just see it, it's an incredible whirlwind of emotion

Don't see it if you can't possibly get to the theater before January 8th

58
Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky, Relevant, Slow

See it if Courageous attempt to deal with the shadow side of life. Could have been more penetrating. Bringing mental illness out of the closet worthy

Don't see it if Humor about alcoholism, depression, failed suicide attmepts don't appeal Gethard doesn't go deep enough and tries to cover too much ground.

Also Disappointing stand up routine about 15 years in the life of a sufferi... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Absorbing, Poignant

See it if you want to see a funny show about a man's struggle with depression.

Don't see it if you don't think mental illness is a good subject for comedy.


October 13th, 2016
"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....
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October 13th, 2016
"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 Suici...
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October 13th, 2016
"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 ma...
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October 14th, 2016
"The short, bespectacled, seemingly serene Gethard proves to be an expert guide to his own personal Via Dolorosa, never playing his suffering for an easy laugh, yet never losing sight of the absurdity of his situation...It's a high-wire balancing act, and his director, Kimberly Senior, must share...
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