Living through the COVID-19 pandemic sucks for about 1.6 million reasons, but it’s been especially shitty for anyone who has a complicated relationship with addiction. Just last month, Miley Cyrus admitted that the pandemic caused her to relapse after getting sober. Unfortunately, we’re hearing yet another story of pandemic relapse, and this one has affected comedian John Mulaney, who has reportedly entered rehab.
A source confirmed the news to People magazine that 38-year-old John is currently in a treatment center. Page Six originally reported the news, and they say John is currently in a 60-day program. Anyone familiar with John Mulaney’s stand-up material knows that he’s been on a sober journey for decades. He has claimed previously that he began hard drinking at 13, which he said he did for attention, and quickly moved on to abusing cocaine and prescription drugs, which he felt made him really funny. At 23, he got sober after a very messy rock-bottomy weekend, and he says he did it without the help of a treatment program. via People:
In his 2012 comedy special New in Town, Mulaney touched on his sobriety, saying it often surprises people when they learn he does not drink.
“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.”
It’s not known when John left for his rehab treatment center, but it was likely recent. Just a few weeks ago, he was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! talking about the SNL monologue joke that got him a visit from the Secret Service. Last year, it was revealed during an episode of Saturday Night Live that John had been a sort of sober mentor to Pete Davidson, who was battling his own personal demons at the time.
I sincerely hope John Mulaney gets the help he needs because I think we can all agree that it’s a whole lot more fun when he’s just singing about snorting cocaine. Additionally, I really hope this recent relapse won’t deter John from trying to help others in the future, like he did with Pete. A sobriety slip-up doesn’t mean you failed, John! No one really knows how to be sober during a pandemic, because none of us have done this before. Plus, there are others who truly need whatever advice or guidance John Mulaney could give to them. And yes, I’m talking about Mr. Music from John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch. I don’t know what’s up with him, but I do know that outfit and those pupils are screaming for some kind of intervention.