Feb. 25, 2021 – When Mulaney was a teenager, his parents sent him to a psychiatrist, who told him that he was one part nice kid, one part “gorilla that wants to kill the other half.”

And in his 2012 special “New in Town,” he said, “I don’t drink. 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.”

After years of blacking out and even drinking perfume, the tipping point was a 2005 bender when he was 23 years old. He told Esquire, “I went on a bender that weekend that was just, like, fading in and out of a movie … It was just crazy … I was like, ‘You’re f–king out of control,’” he said. “And I thought to myself, ‘I don’t like this guy anymore. I’m not rooting for him.’”

Mulaney said he stopped doing cocaine and drinking alcohol within a month of one another. He claimed he didn’t go to rehab, he just went cold turkey, and was sober for many years after that.

But last December Mulaney revealed he had taken a role as a staff writer on Seth Meyers’ “Late Night” show for the sake of his own mental health.



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