Reviewer: Matt Farnham
The show takes us on a journey with Chris Gethard from his early years up to present, exploring the darkness that comes with his depression and suicidal thoughts. Gethard talks about his personal experiences, the key moments and people that have helped him at those crucial points during his life in an extremely personal show full of self-reflection.
Gethard manages to bring the audience to the edge of the seats with his unique vulnerability and has the whole audience waiting with baited breath before he delivers punchlines with an ease and swagger that immediately relieves the tension. The stories he tells, all of which are from his own past, quickly slide between the shocking lows of his despair to the comedic highs of hindsight.
In Career Suicide, Gethard manages to connect with the audience with his honest, direct and disarming manner he reflects on the public misconceptions of depression and the medication that comes with it. Through his moments of realisation, his love of The Smiths and the help of his unorthodox shrink Gethard tells his own story, not one of redemption and cures but one of battles both won and lost. This show tackles a tough subject in a great way, Gethard has a way which makes the audience almost feel sorry for him and a tongue that makes them realise they don’t need to.
Career Suicide is alarmingly dark and brilliantly funny in equal parts.
Runs until Monday 29 August 2016 at The Pleasance Dome