The comedic writer has sought aid against a resurgent addiction.
While John Mulaney appears to be very straight-laced, at least as far as most comedians go, if you’ve listened to his material, you’ll know that he has fought a long battle against addictions. He joked about this during his 2012 comedy special, New in Town.
“I don’t drink,” he said. “I used to drink, then I drank too much, and I had to stop. That surprises a lot of audiences because I don’t look like someone who used to do anything.”
Unfortunately, while Mulaney has been able to joke about this in the past, it seems to have progressed to the point where he needs help to overcome these problems. According to a report from PEOPLE Magazine, originally sourced from The New York Post’s Page Six, Mulaney personally checked himself into a rehab facility in Pennsylvania after a relapse in his addictions to alcohol and cocaine. He plans to remain in this facility for the next 60 days.
According to Page Six’s source, “John’s friends and family are happy that he’s finally getting some help and focusing on his health.
“His fans know he’s struggled in the past with sobriety, he has talked about it openly. Unfortunately he has struggled again during the pandemic.
“He’s on board with his recovery, he’s not fighting against rehab.”
John Mulaney Has Checked Into Rehab https://t.co/7PrdexkdMs
— People (@people) December 21, 2020
During a 2019 interview with Esquire, Mulaney spoke more seriously about his battle with addiction, explaining the instigating incident that forced him into sobriety at 23. “I went on a bender that weekend that was just, like, fading in and out of a movie,” he said. “It was just crazy. A weekend that was … there were … I’m never going to tell you. That’s mine. I didn’t kill anyone or assault anyone. But yeah, I was like, ‘You’re f—ing out of control.’ And I thought to myself, ‘I don’t like this guy anymore. I’m not rooting for him.'”