Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Report: John Mulaney Checks into Rehab for Cocaine and Alcohol Abuse, Comedy’s Golden Boy Succumbed to Pandemic Limitations


Charming and sort of brilliant comic John Mulaney has checked himself into rehab.

New York Post’s Page Six reports that Mulaney has gone into rehab in Pennsylvania for cocaine and alcohol abuse. Sober at age 23 after hard partying, Mulaney is now 38. This year he’s hosted “Saturday Night Live” twice. He recently appeared on Seth Meyers’ late night talk show, where they announced — oddly enough– that he’d joined the writing staff.

“During quarantine, I was like, ‘Why am I going totally crazy and why am I suddenly telling my own wife my accomplishments?’” Mulaney said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” while describing how a lack of routine can negatively affect a person’s well-being. “I really needed a job.”

Mulaney not only has a solo career but a thriving comedy teaming with Nick Kroll. They starred together on Broadway in “Oh Hello,” and have a podcast based on the show.

Not being able to perform live, and being stuck inside, isn’t easy for anyone has taken its toll on so many people.

“One, I like having a boss and having assignments to do,” he added to Kimmel. “When I’m in charge of something, not so much the best thing.”

He said his psychiatrist agreed with the move.

“She said to me, ‘Without external structure, I don’t have any confidence in you thriving’ … and she would know, because I told her everything in my brain,” he said.

So we’re sending the best wishes to Mulaney and his family.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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