How Will I Explain My HBO Special to My Son?

‘Career Suicide’ is unapologetically honest about my struggles with depression — and the lessons I learned fighting it

Chris Gethard
Human Parts
Published in
13 min readJul 23, 2019

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II have a son named Cal. He’s three months old and I don’t think it’s hyperbolic at all to say that he is the most perfect being to ever live on earth. He’s adorable and kind and he can already slap things with his hands, which I am pretty certain makes him very advanced. When he wakes up he looks sleepy, until he makes eye contact with me or his mother, at which point he breaks out into a bright, huge, toothless smile, which leads to a rush of euphoria that is the most addictive feeling in the world.

He’s also redefined all of my priorities. My life used to be about any number of things, but now it is only dedicated to one: making sure he has the best life we can provide for him.

I realized this the moment I first made eye contact with him, just after he was born, when he was purple and cone-headed and so, so scared. My desire to protect this kid is a mantle I proudly take on.

But it’s also brought up a question I never anticipated.

As an artist, how do I protect my son from my art?

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Chris Gethard
Human Parts

I'm a comedian, podcaster, author, former TV host, character actor, New Jersey enthusiast, and proud dad.