John Mulaney Says He 'Really Identified' with Matthew Perry's Story amid His Own Journey with Addiction!

John Mulaney, the comedian and star of "Baby J," recently opened up about how Matthew Perry's honest discussion of his addiction struggles greatly impacted his own battle with substance abuse. Mulaney, 41, expressed his thoughts on Perry's tragic passing and revealed that Perry's memoir, "Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing," deeply resonated with him during his own addiction journey.

In an interview with Variety, Mulaney described addiction as a devastating experience. He likened life to a wobbly table at a restaurant, constantly accumulating various challenges and stressors that make it increasingly unstable.

Then, drugs act as the final blow, knocking the legs out from under the table. Mulaney confessed that he strongly identified with Perry's story and has been thinking about him a lot lately.

On October 28, Perry was discovered dead in a hot tub in the backyard of his Los Angeles home. Despite initial reports suggesting a possible drowning, law enforcement sources indicated that no drugs were found at the scene, and there were no signs of foul play.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office has conducted an autopsy, and the results are currently pending a toxicology report.

However, the official cause of Perry's death is listed as "deferred" due to ongoing investigations.

Perry published his memoir, "Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing," in November 2022. His candid revelations about his addiction struggles were an attempt to offer support and assistance to others battling similar issues. Having undergone 15 rehab stints, Perry claimed to have been mostly sober since 2001, with a few minor setbacks over the years.

For Mulaney, his own experiences with addiction have become material for his comedic endeavors. His latest Netflix stand-up special, "Baby J," which launched in April, delves into his relapse, a star-studded intervention, and his return to rehab in December 2020.

Mulaney had to navigate his publicized journey to recovery, believing that it was impossible to resume stand-up comedy without addressing these events. He wanted to make his performance as funny as possible, opting for a wilder approach that immerses the audience in his confident yet twisted mindset during his addiction period.

If you or someone you know is grappling with substance abuse, please reach out to the SAMHSA helpline at 1-800-662-HELP.

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