Chris Gethard: Career Suicide
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Chris Gethard: Career Suicide
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Chris Gethard: Career Suicide NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(120 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
3%
Negative
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Members say
Funny, Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, 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').

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Member Reviews (120)

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507 Reviews | 1868 Followers
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.

691 Reviews | 212 Followers
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
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.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
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

657 Reviews | 147 Followers
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

532 Reviews | 488 Followers
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.

481 Reviews | 316 Followers
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. Read more

431 Reviews | 132 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
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...Mr. Gethard’s delivery often belies — thank goodness — the dark waters he swims through...He definitely qualifies as significantly funny."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 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."
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BroadwayWorld
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 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."
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Lighting & Sound America
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 the credit for seeing that he never puts a foot wrong...'Career Suicide' becomes surprisingly moving as Gethard finally begins to find an equilibrium that allows him to flourish professionally."
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Theatre is Easy
October 23rd, 2016

"Gethard comes across as incredibly genuine and sincere, in his desire both to tell his story and to provide comfort to others who have gone through what he has and continue to fight the good fight every day. Although not everyone will relate to references to medications and their side effects, Gethard does a service by opening up...He shows the pitfalls of remaining silent about one's struggles, and also how much better it can be through humor and hope."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 13th, 2016

"This show packs comedy with pathos and tragedy with laughter in a masterful mixture...Gethard has a vibrant ear for telling description...This narrator is someone you grow quite fond of as the show proceeds...He’s ready for anything, in the moment, in control of the room...This show manages to be a sad, funny, full-throttle, honest, life-giving journey...Timing is everything, and Gethard is a master."
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Front Row Center
October 14th, 2016

"Gethard simply tells us the real absurd truth about himself, his longtime companion, Clinical Depression, and the rather unconventional, often scary dark, sometimes slightly scandalous, truly silly trip they have taken together...Director Kimberly Senior employs a raw method of storytelling that is without overly theatric distractions. Nothing feels contrived...Gethard is an excellent host who will make sure you have a good time."
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Exeunt Magazine
October 18th, 2016

"It is a delight to spend any amount of time in his thrall. Yet I can’t help but marvel at how closely 'Career Suicide' hews to every stereotype of one-man shows, right down to Gethard reenacting conversations by taking a step to the side and turning his head. He’s an incredibly skilled improvisor, a thoughtful conversationalist and a wholly fearless dismantler of form...For all of 'Career Suicide’s' soul-plumbing honesty, there’s still a tangible barrier between performer and audience."
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