HBO announced plans for a comedy special where the subject matter isn’t exactly the material people usually associate with comedy. The special will be a taping of “Chris Gethard: Career Suicide,” the off-Broadway show by the comedian, talk-show host and podcast host.
The show tapes at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in Manhattan on Feb. 11, with the HBO program due to premiere on the pay-cable channel in May. The show was written by Gethard, and the special will be executive produced by Judd Apatow, Gethard, Brian Stern, Mike Berkowitz, Anna Wenger and Marcus Raboy, and directed by Kimberly Senior, who also directs the stage production.
“‘Chris Gethard: Career Suicide’ is a comedy about depression, alcoholism, suicide and the other funniest parts of life,” HBO says in its announcement. “Gethard holds nothing back as he dives into his experiences with mental illness and psychiatry, finding hope in the strangest places.”
Said Apatow: “I’m so excited that the entire world will be able to see Chris’ one-man show. And then, whenever he walks into a room, people will look at him funny.”
Nina Rosenstein, executive vice president, HBO Programming, added: “Chris Gethard is a fearless storyteller, and ‘Career Suicide’ is exactly the kind of raw, relevant and hilarious comedy we are thrilled to share with our audience.”
Gethard’s credits include the Fusion comedy series “The Chris Gethard Show” and the podcast “Beautiful Stories from Anonymous People,” along with guest appearances on “Broad City,” “Parks and Recreation,” “The Office,” “Louie” and “Inside Amy Schumer.”
Here’s a clip of Gethard performing a scene from “Career Suicide” on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” back in November …