John Mulaney is opening up about the road to recovery.
In December 2020, the 39-year-old comedian checked into rehab after relapsing, following a decades-long battle with addiction. Reflecting on the intervention that prefaced his treatment during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers Tuesday, Mulaney said he realized what he walked into when he entered a room and saw Seth Meyers.
“When I opened the door, I knew right away there was an intervention, which, that’s how bad of a drug problem I had, that when I opened the door and saw people and thought, ‘This is probably an intervention,’ ” he told the host.
“And so you were the first person I saw as I walked through the doorway, where I knew this was an intervention,” Mulaney continued. “So I’m like ‘Going to dinner with a friend from college, going to dinner with friends and going to dinner with friends. God, what’s Seth Meyers doing here?
The Emmy Award winner admitted he was “so mad” once everything clicked.
“I didn’t want an intervention. I wanted to continue at that moment in time,” he recalled.
“That night, I was not great,” Mulaney said. “And yet, as mad as I was, I looked around at the group and I was like, ‘This is a good group.’ It was like a ‘We Are the World’ of alternative comedians over the age of 40. And I was I mean like so many funny people, and then no one did bits the entire time.”
“Yes, I think you know, the gravity of a situation when Fred Armisen is not doing a bit,” Meyers joked.
“Fred was serious,” Mulaney countered. “Do you know how off-putting that is? Fred was like, ‘Hey, John, I’m really worried about where you’re going.’