Comedian Chris Gethard’s off-Broadway solo show Career Suicide is coming to HBO on May 6. The show first debuted last fall at the Lynn Redgrave Theater, and quickly received enough critical acclaim to extend its run due to consistently selling out of tickets. Gethard announced the HBO premiere date via Twitter, where he wrote, “Honored, excited, + nervous to announce my one man show debuts on @HBO May 6th. Excited for people to see it and hope I make you all proud.” See the tweet below.
Gethard wrote and performed Career Suicide, of course, and the show was directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced) and produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, Trainwreck). In the somewhat controversial show, Gethard speaks honestly and openly about his experiences with depression, alcoholism and attempted suicide. Some people saw the content as insensitive and exploitative, but Gethard responded to criticisms in a statement by saying sometimes we need to laugh in order to start a dialogue. “We need to start laughing about this stuff, so maybe we can finally be comfortable talking about it afterwards,” said Gethard. “I just try to make sure my jokes come from an honest place, and unfortunately for me being honest means copping to the fact that I once crashed a car on purpose.”
You can read Paste’s recent interview with Gethard here, and find more info about his show here. Career Suicide airs on HBO at 10 p.m. EST/PST on Saturday, May 6.