Stephen Colbert revealed that he suffers from anxiety, a surprising revelation considering his role as one of the most popular TV show hosts in the United States. The host of The Late Show admitted it was especially bad after his wedding.
During a conversation with reporters from Rolling Stone Magazine, the host explained that he needed to take medication as a young man to deal with the worries created by becoming an entertainer. Thankfully, he was able to do something that not a lot of people are able to do.
The comic stated he used Xanax and it was “just lovely,” but after a while, he realized the “gears were still smoking.” The host said it was strange because he could feel the anxiety working itself up inside him, but he wasn’t “walking around a couch” anymore.
Following his marriage, Stephen explained, he began having panic attacks. He’d walk around the couch at night and his wife would ask him, “how was your day?”
As you may know, Stephen married Evelyn McGee back in 1993. His anxiety worsened when his friends, Paul Dinello, and Amy Sedaris, left Chicago where the trio had performed together.
According to Colbert, he would be so nervous before a show, but would get up on stage and immediately “feel fine.” Interestingly, the comedian remarked, it was almost as if being on stage acted as a panacea for his anxiety.
After taking Xanax for nine days, he decided to stop because it stopped helping him; it became a hindrance to his mood and wellbeing. The solution to his problems? The comic said that he realized he can never stop performing; he just has to do it.
Fans of Colbert know that The Late Show is a mainstay these days, especially due to his hard-hitting critiques regarding the president, Donald Trump. Perhaps most famously, he said Trump’s mouth was a “c*ck holster” for Vladimir Putin.