Star comedian and “Saturday Night Live” alum John Mulaney entered a rehabilitation facility in Pennsylvania last weekend to seek treatment for alcohol and cocaine abuse, according to several media reports released this week.
The 38-year-old stand-up was open about his previous problems and “fought again during the pandemic,” a source told PageSix on Monday.
“John’s friends and family are happy to finally receive help and focus on his health,” the source added.
It is unclear where in Pennsylvania Mulaney sought help, but is expected to remain in treatment for 60 days.
Although Mulaney often presents himself as the neurotic product of his Catholic upbringing, he has admitted in the past that he began drinking at age 13.
During an interview with Esquire in 2019, Mulaney admitted that he “loves” cocaine and that he will occasionally take prescription drugs. The comedian gave up drinking at the age of 20, after a specific drinking spiral in 2005.
“I went into a bender that weekend, which was just like, getting in and out of a movie,” Mulaney said. “It was just crazy … I didn’t kill anyone and I didn’t attack anyone. But yes, I was like you got out of control. And I thought to myself, I don’t care anymore. “I like this guy. I’m not rooting for him.”
Mulaney managed to quit drinking alcohol and cold turkey drugs at the time, catapulting him into what has become one of the most promising and celebrated comedy careers of the last decade.
Recently, Mulaney accepted a job as a writer on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” to provide more structure during the coronavirus pandemic, which appears to be a major source of his struggles in 2020. Alcohol consumption has risen sharply in the United States. United during the crisis COVID-19.
In response to news of Mulaney’s admission to rehab, comedians and fans gathered to support him.
– Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 21, 2020
Sending so much love and support to John Mulaney. You have this. ❤️⚡️
– Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) December 22, 2020
John Mulaney helped many of us get through the smallest moments. I hope he knows we’re all here instead 💕 #weloveyoujohnmulaney
– ava 🚀 (@safefromsnl) December 21, 2020
Let the news of John Mulaney remind us all that we are going through a collective trauma with this pandemic and, for many of us, who are at the forefront of the struggles we already had. check your people. asking for help is not cowardly, it is brave.
– Katie Nolan (@katienolan) December 21, 2020