John Mulaney ‘really identified’ with Matthew Perry’s addiction

John Mulaney ‘really identified’ with Matthew Perry’s addiction

John Mulaney is mourning fellow funnyman Matthew Perry, whose addiction journey he says he “really identified” with.

Mulaney, 41, spoke to Variety about relating to the “Friends” star’s battle for sobriety, which Perry detailed in his 2022 memoir “Friends, Lovers and the Big Terrible Thing.” Perry died on Oct. 28 at the age of 54.

“Addiction is just a disaster,” Mulaney told the outlet on Monday. “Life is like a wobbly table at a restaurant and you pile all this s— on it, and it gets wobblier and wobblier and more unstable. Then drugs just kick the f—ing legs out from under the table.”

“I really identified with his story. I’m thinking about him a lot,” he added.

The former “Saturday Night Live” writer went to rehab in 2020 following a star-studded intervention over his addiction to cocaine and prescription pills.

John Mulaney performs during The Event hosted by the Shaquille O’Neal Foundation at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Oct. 1, 2022, in Las Vegas. Getty Images for The Shaquille O

“Going to rehab and a lot of other things had become public knowledge, and I felt there was no way to start doing stand-up again without going through this,” Mulaney told Variety about channeling his experiences into his Netflix stand-up special “Baby J,” which dropped in April.

He continued, “I also had a lot to say about it. It had been an extremely eventful time, and the goal from the beginning was to do this as funny as I could make it — not as impactful as I could make it, not to pause for dramatic effect.”

The Post reached out to Mulaney’s reps for comment.

Matthew Perry speaks onstage during the REELZChannel portion of the 2017 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at the Langham Hotel on Jan. 13, 2017, in Pasadena, California. Getty Images
Perry released his memoir in November 2022. He died Oct. 28.

Perry, meanwhile, died in the hot tub of his Los Angeles home.

His official cause of death is pending toxicology results, but he is believed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

The “17 Again” star battled an alcohol and Vicodin addiction for many years at the height of his fame — and he reported completing 15 rehab stints throughout his life.

Last October, Perry claimed he was 18 months sober.

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