In "Addiction 101: A Comedic Lecture” Lehr discusses the psychology of addiction, the importance of community in recovery and how the true work of sobriety begins after you quit drinking/using. The performance is honest, compassionate and hilarious.
John is a comedic performer, writer and producer working in television, film and theater. Lehr starred as Leslie Pool in “10 Items or Less,” from Sony on TBS for three seasons and recently starred as Sheriff Hoyle on Hulu’s original comedy western “Quickdraw” for two seasons. Lehr also co-created, wrote and executive produced both series.
Lehr is one of the original Geico Cavemen from the wildly successful commercial campaign. He appeared in dozens of spots, including the first commercial as a caveman boom operator, the caveman in therapy with Talia Shire, the tennis spot with Billy Jean King, Superbowl spots with Phil Simms and many more.
A recovering alcoholic and drug addict for over 20 years, John Lehr is a seasoned monologist and comedian who speaks openly about his personal/career struggles, his continuing sober journey and the importance of an authentic sense of humor.
In his newest show “Addiction 101 – A Comedic Lecture” directed by and co-written with John McCray, Lehr returns to the unique comedy lecture format from his successful LA and Off-Broadway runs. “Addiction 101” is a 75-80 minute “comedic lecture” in which Lehr presents a thesis and hilariously and poignantly supports it with stories from his days of using and his current life in recovery. Inspired by Buckminster Fuller’s infamous Black Mountain College lectures, Lehr’s comedic lecture is a hit with anyone who has attended a college lecture or public speech. Addiction 101 is designed to entertain/inform audiences in, out or around addiction (which is pretty much everyone).
Lehr headlined the Caron annual charity event in Atlanta for the past two years and recently performed at the Association for Recovery in Higher Education’s annual conference in Boston.John's full BIO John’s Television Appearances
Charity events. Corporate speaking. Sober communities. Universities.
John Lehr has headlined Caron Treatment Center’s Sober St. Paddy’s Day Comedy Night for two years in a row and brought the house down both times. Hundreds have enjoyed Lehr’s imaginative mix of humor that alternates between bawdy and brainy, inspired and slapstick. Lehr weaves together over-the-top stories of his seemingly endless “rock bottoms” that literally leave you laughing so hard you miss half of the story. He combines physical humor with dramatic pauses and the kind of narrative story-telling hilarity that comics today should do more of – John Lehr’s show is ridiculous and true and resonates with those who are sober, those who aren’t, and those who should be.
Regional Vice President, Caron Treatment Centers
John Lehr was one of the highlights and most unique parts of our 10th National Collegiate Recovery Conference in Boston. His show and his presence brought some much-needed laughs, insight, and energy. Though there are a handful of recovery comedians out there, John stands in a league of his own. We wish we knew about him earlier! He was incredibly approachable and spoke with countless attendees. He worked around our schedule and was the perfect guest. I cannot recommend him enough and hope to have him at one of our future events!
Executive Director, Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE)