Back in February, it was announced that comedian Chris Gethard (Broad City, The Chris Gethard Show) and HBO had come to an agreement to bring his one-man off-Broadway show, Career Suicide, to the network. We’re big fans of Gethard and Career Suicide, and loved the show when it was playing at New York City’s Lynn Redgrave Theater a few months back. Career Suicide is a show unlike any other in recent memory, one part comedy special, one part group therapy session, and one part on-stage confessional. In it, Gethard essentially tells his life story, starting from his early childhood, and discusses all of the trials and tribulations he’s experienced along the way: depression, suicide attempts, drug abuse, sobriety and relapsing, etc. It’s not a sob story, though; Quite the opposite, in fact. Career Suicide shows Gethard tackling his vulnerabilities and painful memories with a sense of levity, wisdom and hindsight that is not only relatable, but truly funny. He discusses his struggles in a way that makes the audience see themselves in him, and in doing so is able to pull laughter from even the darkest pits by putting everything, be it big or small, into perspective.
Now that we’re a little less than a month away from the special’s premiere date of May 6th, HBO has released an initial trailer for the show, and it looks like they’ve perfectly captured the vibe of the original stage show, owing to the fact that the show’s original director, Kimberly Senior, was kept on board, along with both Gethard and Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Love) as executive producers. This particular iteration was filmed at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York and will debut on May 6th at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
“I hate to say it,” Gethard begins in the trailer, “but sometimes people just break. Welcome to a comedy show!” Check it out below!