“Diversify your song catalog.” That’s just one of many suggestions comedian, author, and dad Chris Gethard has for new and soon-to-be parents in our video interview. As a father to a two-year-old son and a man who tells jokes for a living, his advice is, of course, funny, but above all it’s practical and heartfelt. Gethard has struggled with depression all of his life, and it’s given him a perspective that’s not often represented in parenting classes and books.
Hear more about the highs and lows of parenthood in this video and in Gethard’s Scribd Original, Dad on Pills.
Gethard writes about his darkest fears as a dad who struggles with mental health (like that his son will also have a giant forehead full of suicidal thoughts) with humor and heart. For fellow mentally ill parents, Gethard’s hilarious personal essay is a reassuring pep talk, full of compassion, empathy, and kindness (and, OK, sometimes a few punches to the throat).