In his brand-new “Baby J” Netflix special, John Mulaney is being honest.
The stand-up comic does a breakthrough act, once more turning his troubles into a funny performance that definitely helps other addicts identify. Mulaney, 40, overcame his need on cocaine and alcohol at the age of 23.
He stated in his 2012 special “New in Town” that “I don’t drink.” I don’t appear like someone who used to do anything, so it surprises a lot of audiences. Mulaney continued, “I would black out and ‘ruin’ parties, so I stopped drinking.” I believe this to be the case.
Mulaney has been developing his “From Scratch” tour since 2021, and “Baby J” is taken from that show. He concluded a four-night stay in Las Vegas on Sunday. During that time, he made jokes about the city’s road work, lauded Usher’s residency, and compared CNN to a young child who is excited about a frog.
Two years after completing treatment for cocaine, Adderall, Xanax, Klonopin, and Percocet addictions, Mulaney shot his most recent special at Boston Symphony Hall in February. After nearly seven years of marriage, Mulaney filed for divorce from artist Anna Marie Tendler in July 2021. Malcolm, a son, was born to him and actress Olivia Munn in November 2021.
Early in “Baby J,” Mulaney states, “I’ve had a weird couple years; you’ve had a weird couple years,” before launching into a song that alludes both the epidemic and his personal life. He sings, “We all got divorced, we all went to rehab, and now our reputation is changed. “No one is sure of their thoughts. Bo Burnham is more popular among the kids because he is currently less problematic. Popularity is a prison.
Mulaney then discusses his experience with addiction, relapse, and rehabilitation.
‘Star-studded intervention’ by John Mulaney
Mulaney went to his friend’s flat on December 18, 2020, expecting a dinner but realised right away that the gathering was an intervention. “Do you know how serious of a drug problem you have to have if your first and immediate thought, upon opening a door and seeing people gathered, is, “This is definitely an intervention concerning my drug problem”?”
Mulaney calls the gathering “a star-studded intervention,” which was planned by twelve comedians, including Seth Meyers, Nick Kroll, and Fred Armisen.
All comedians, yet no one made a witty comment the entire evening, claims Mulaney. “They had made a promise to each other before I arrived that they wouldn’t do pieces. I was starting to go crazy. I’m crashing from cocaine while I sit in that horrible chair. The funniest people in the world are gazing at me and declining to make jokes, and no one will allow me use the loo to freshen up. It was frustrating! Clearly serious, Fred Armisen. Do you realise how unpleasant that is?
Before going to rehab, Mulaney “did a bunch” of cocaine.
Mulaney claims that after his intervention, he used cocaine while driving to rehab. “I did a bunch in the car, and I did a bunch at a petrol station in the bathroom off of one of those Koala baby changing stations,” he claims. “What? That is their intended use. Do you really intend to put a human infant on that mousetrap-looking contraption?
The former “SNL” writer claims that around 4 a.m., he arrived at a rehab centre with Adderall, Xanax, further cocaine, and $2,000 in cash. He explains, “I had other plans that weekend!” and everyone chuckles. He claims to have spent roughly five days in the detox hospital at the rehab by 4 o’clock in the afternoon. He then moved to a men’s ward, where he encountered an unsettling degree of anonymity.
“One of my biggest worries when I first arrived in recovery was that everyone would recognise me. Over time, a new terror gained control,” he quips. Nobody was aware of who I was, and it was driving me crazy.
The measures taken by Mulaney to obtain drugs
In January 2020, Mulaney admitted that he was “very addicted to cocaine.” He wanted to break the habit, but he didn’t go to a therapist or get help from a doctor. He claims that instead, he called his accountant. I declare, ‘Hey, I’m addicted to coke. Stop giving me money, please. Don’t hand me any cash, please. Mulaney established a regulation stating that in order to withdraw funds, he had to send an email to his accountant with his doctor copied on it.