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For me, it was drugs too. And it certainly wasn’t just “shifties” that caused my addiction. But I know many of us in this industry struggle with the stress and easy access. You’re definitely not alone. Find accountability and people who care about you. There are paths out of daily drug/alcohol abuse.
My manager literally told me that its part of the business to smoke weed if you’re a cook to keep your stress down. What a dick lol.
me i'll take anything all the time..but not at work loll
@Nobody dude I agree, weed can definitely be addictive
@Qui'Andre Jamill people are surprised when they find out I smoke weed.. Little do they know I used to do meth. I've learned its best to not judge a book by its cover
Turning personal demons into humor is top-notch comedy. I salute you and your resolve.
That's why I laugh at every drink I poor
@Jon Doe he makes funny videos, just this one was more serious than others
Basically any comedian who was ever worth listening to made a living do just that
@Jon Doe cos it's funny?
How is it comedy
Congrats on 7 years man. It's clear you've found a passion and drive in life and I just wanted to say thanks for all the laughs!
@Molly Morris I worded that weird, sorry. He's commented on some of his replies to these clips that his wife and him do them together. She writes a lot of it.
@Yepper 11 he has a wife who has a channel? Can you link?
@Drew Talbert I was the same in a way. Always used to come in high and get off my face during work. My friend managed to snap me out of it and so far I have been 5 months sober after a 3 1/2 bender as a chef. Chef life sucks sometimes but you have good days
Best username I've ever seen
@Drew Talbert I'm so glad you got it together! I'm not in the restaurant business at all. But I love you and your wifes' videos. I find them hilarious and informative. They affirm many in my suspicions. (My wife and I like to eat out at mid and upper scale restaurants.) I have a close relative who has had struggles with addiction. Seeing someone like you turn it around gives hope to all of us who love someone like you! You have real talent! Keep up the good work.
I didn't expect something so personal instead of a skit. It's very brave of you to put it out there and I'm glad to hear you're sober now! Heavy drinking is all too common in restaurants and bars, unfortunately.
Smoking too -- it's hard not to when it's the only break you get
@ms operator you must be a delight at parties.
@#RoelienneBos, You received something personal in A skit, not instead of skit
@Ryan Smith No it's not, read his bio paragraph above.
Asi con toy y sus mañas no se la sexo.centre.babyMegan: "Hotter"Hopi: "Sweeter"Joonie: "Cooler"Yoongi: "Butter"Son unos de los mejores conciertos, no puede ir pero de tan solo verlos desde pantalla, se que estuvo sorprendente
Oh my god congratulations on 7 years I couldn’t imagine a world without these videos. You really took charge of your life and it shows!
@Trigger Warning lmao yeah there’s one guy talking about his crackhead uncle and ex girlfriend with the same name and someone else obviously missing the hyperbolic metaphor the strangest thread on TheXvid for sure
What strange spread of replies this comment has
Yup lol me too
Shit bud. Glad you're doing better now. As a chef, I went the other way. I'd trade my shift drinks for lines or pills. Opiate addiction for 10 years. Clean now.
@Lapis Lazarus have you tried something like Suboxone or Weed Gummies? Kratom? It's not just switching from one to another it really makes a difference (and some sort of therapy)
@Elly wuzzup Wow! Thank you for your kind words. If sharing my story can help someone else....I'm honored. I've been thinking, that it's time to collate my experiences. I book to entertain AND teach. Blaaah... sorry, I'm blabbing. Oh, but yeah - opiate addiction is pure Hell. Opiates can produce such profound euphoria for the user, it's rare that a subject rejects them. Which, in turn, leads to habituation - a "habit" is caught. The subject experiences withdrawal symptoms if the opiate use stops abruptly. This is the crucial stage of opiate addiction. The beginning...the honeymoon period. You feel SO amazing, your pain is elevated, you can sleep, you're confidence improves, etc. etc. Then....💥BOOM! You're fucked. A habit can manifest in as little as 3 weeks of continuous use. (Daily, every other day.) 💉🏆💊🩺 ☠️ ⚰️😔 I wouldn't wish an opiate addiction on my worst enemy. (Specifically: the withdrawal/detoxing stage.) Opiates are a double edged syringe.🎭⚖️☯️ The overwhelmingly high risk of addition & abuse potential that all opiates have, is commonly why a lot of doctors/clinicians refuse to prescribe any narcotics. Better safe than sorry, sort of mindset. I think opiates are THE MOST additive drug. Hands down. Opiates, Alcohol, Benzodiazepines, Methamphetamines - in that order.
Oh wow, opiate addiction is no joke. My cousin oed and I hear its hell detoxing from. It gives me SO much encouragement to hear you escaped that cycle!! So happy for you and those around you! Wishing you the best. Hope you're doing well!!
@Lauren Mary going back is the most dangerous-- no tolerance
@Sarah G Bet! Thank you very much for the inspiring words. I appreciate it.🙏🌚💯
Congrats on your sobriety Drew. My partner and I are struggling right now, and it gives me hope seeing people who have been sober for so long since the longest we have gone is two years. Thank for for the great videos you bring
Y'all hang in there, if you aren't in. counseling, give it a try. If you can't afford counseling, look for your local non-profit health care agency. Try 12 step meetings. If your addicted to opiates then medically assisted treatment (replacing opiate with methadone, subutex, suboxone, etc) is a good option for a lot of people... I'm a little over 5 years clean and I was a Peer Recovery Specialist for a little over two years, now I'm an LCDC-Intern. You CAN do it.
If you relapse after 2 years, you haven't "lost " that time ! It's still 2 years of damage you didn't do to your body/soul/mind. And it can be new inspiration- we made it 2 years before, we know can do it again and keep going...Any time you fall and get up it's better than staying down! You guys got this !I personally quit smoking, cocaine, heroin, and alcohol, all at different times. It can be done!
Thank you. You can do it. Just don’t stop trying.
This is so true. Not just the "shifty", but the amount of drug and alcohol abuse in many, if not most restaurants
@Highview Barbell la
@Munozl360 fuckin lmao, this wasn't 13 years ago at an outback steakhouse was it? asking for a friend, it's not like i blew 4 months of pay on 3 weeks of blow before quitting both things or anything like that, that'd be crazy.
I once walked in on a busser boy doing a line of coke in the bathroom during a busy friday night. I told him he isnt making enough in tips for him to be doing that to get him through his shift.
Yea most of the people in the back of the reastruant used to use our breaks to do a upper luckily I got clean a year and 2 days ago exact.
It's a crazy stressful industry.
All these hospo skits are relatable, but this one hits home the most. And the normalization of drug use after shifts in hospitality destroys so many lives.
Remembering those of us that are no longer with us. Miss them every day. 🥺🙏🏻🥺
😉Free usually comes with strings attached even if not immediately obvious. They can be psychological, financial, etc.
@Sparky Spinz me too man
This is so true. In every type of work there’s a “reason to drink”. I was in social work and it was a normal thing to “take the edge “ after work or lunch. Thank you for this post
Good for you. I’m glad you were able to beat the addiction. From hearing stories about getting sober, I’m sure it was really hard.
It’s hard, but I found some reasons to live and accountability that pulled me through
He had to subtract it out of his life. The addiction was becoming divisive and his problems just kept multiplying.
I started bartending when I was 19 and had already gone through my “party” stage. Pretty much done with the drinking. My coworkers looked at me funny when I would pass up a free drink. Later struggled with drugs, but I’m clean of that now. I can have a casual drink from time to time but it isn’t really appealing to me anymore. The food service industry really does not help people who have addictive personalities! Congrats on getting sober!
Gratz to you too!
I’m almost one month sober, good to hear you’ve made it so long
proud of you dawg! how’s it going if i may ask?
Awesome job! Keep it up
I'm happy to hear you've been sober for so long! Alcohol is fun, but not when it controls your life.
The amount of courage it takes to admit to this to a LARGE group of people online is commendable. I hope this reaches as many people as possible as well as your words of encouragement to getting sober. ❤
good for you, congratulations 🥰 im just over 2 years sober from alcohol myself!!
thanks for coming out about this! my own vices have come and gone, and some have stuck around a little more than i’d like to admit, but it’s really cool of you to tackle issues like this and hold people not necessarily accountable for their actions, but just to keep mind about what they’re doing to themselves, whether it is good or bad :)
thank you so much for talking about this. as someone that’s struggling with alcoholism it feels good to be seen, and to realize you’re not alone in your addiction and that there are people out there that made it out. so proud of you for staying sober for 7 years! very inspiring
Congratulations and thanks for sharing your sobriety, ROLLTIDE
Seriously, hats off to you, fella!!! It's extremely hard to find your way out of what seems to become a labyrinth after some time!!Keep up the great work, we all love the vids and support you!!!! 👍🏼
Restaurant work is a breeding ground for alcohol/drug addiction. 95% of all the drugs and alcohol I ever consumed was either during or after my shift. And it doesn't help when the people you become closest to are also doing the same thing and encouraging bad behavior.
@Bunny Eats same! I thought I never wanted to leave until I did and I'll never go back
Yup, one of the first places my sister served at would get her so drunk afterwards, she'd black out. She was under age at the time, too. Some of the bar owners she worked for over the years were raging alcoholics with crazy-ass stories of weekend-long benders. I mean, damn, their stories were epic, but also extremely concerning. Especially considering they were in their 30's and 40's and still living that kind of chaotic lifestyle where they'd just go off with strangers, wasted, and wake up a state over with no idea how they got there. How they kept a business running is beyond me.
I don’t even know you but I am so, so proud of you. You have a beautiful family and something truly special here in your corner of the internet. Thank you for sharing your story and making so many peoples day through laughter
Congrats on 7 years! 🎉 I’m on my 5th year of sobriety and going well, but I know it’s an everyday struggle, especially these days. Keep going man, proud of you!
I like the character development - last year on TikTok it was 6 years sober, this year it's7great to see you on your better side Drew, keep up the good work y'all
Congrats on your sobriety! keep up the good work 👍🏽
*ALL* comedy comes from dark places. Glad to see this dude recovered 🙌 ALOT of us don't. Good for u dude!! 👏
In Scotland we call that our "staffy" and yea most of us are raging alkies who always end up at other places after our shifts on Friday/Saturday lol love your vids Drew! They are so accurate and congrats on being sober 7 years ❤️
this has intense "laughing through the trauma" vibes. thank you so much for being open about your struggle!
Congratulations! It’s hard becoming sober but you did it! It’s such a great example for others too. It’s hard, I know it! But one day you wake up and are able to go throughout the day without a drink or smoke or a hit and you’ll think later “wow, I did it!” Thank you seriously, it’s not an easy path but it’s something I keep working on myself.
Congrats on the 7 years sober my man!! Very well done!!!Coming up on 10 months today so the video hits specially
yooo?!!!my mom started drinking when she was 15, after 15 years of sadness, regret, and more, she got sober, she met my dad when she was 1 year sober, and they got married a few years after that. then i was born, and then she died from colon cancer when i was 11 months old.i love her story though because she made it through the alcoholism.i love your story because SEVEN YEARS SOBER!!!! WOW!!! that's so amazing man. you make my favorite videos.
I’m going on 3 years sober from the sauce. Best decision I ever made. You’re an inspiration and you’re absolutely fucking hilarious. Thank you for blessing us with your content! 🤘🏼🤘🏼🤘🏼
I've struggled with alcoholism for years and tried to quit multiple times. I relapsed each time and the longest I went was three months. I had to learn the hard way, my genius move was drinking so much every day that I burned a hole in my stomach. Taking meds for it now and I quit drinking, hopefully for good this time. Almost at three weeks now. Congratulations on getting and staying sober, it's incredibly hard. Our culture has alcohol present pretty much everywhere so temptation is hard to avoid.
my first job as a glassy (getting and cleaning glasses) offered me a drink at the end of every shift, but i typically denied it out of the fear of becoming an alcoholic
Yoo! congrats on the sobriety! onto many more years
Drew! I had no idea you were sober! Love your perspective and your humor. It's clear how smart and dedicated you are. Not my first go around but I'm 3ish months sober. Been in the industry 20 years. thanks for the laughs Drew 💕
Congratulations on your sobriety! I know it takes effort, so keep up the good work! 👍🏻👍🏻
Glad someone finally brings awareness to this. I became an alcoholic after working in restaurants for years and still struggled with it for years later but finally sober 5 years. Just stay positive and don't give up on yourself. 2 months or 20 years you can get help. Love you all
Props my man!!I've suffered addiction to almost all of the horrible substances available. Finally at 53, sober, happy, and at peace with myself in the world around me.
congrats on 7 years!! i just got 13 months sober a few days ago and i’ve never been happier. keep doing what ur doing! you should be very proud of yourself (especially getting through that 7-year itch lol)
This has to be the most entertaining channel on the internet, crazy high quality content and clever as hell!
We are all so proud of you. You’ve come so far and are dong a great job! Thank you for sharing this story with us
Congrats on 7 years! I've had the exact same thing happen, and struggling every day to be honest.
@Cierra Victoria thank you! :)
You got this ❤️
Thank you for being so honest and open and this really helps so many people out! Curious, though, about the text at the beginning of the video… did you work corporate then become a waiter? If so, did you find yourself pulling the same $$ each month/ year?
Thank you for this video. I don’t think that some people realize how hard of a time some servers have with abusing alcohol and drugs. The “daily pay” is not good for everyone.
Damn, just goes to show how you can manifest your talent once you put your demons in their place. Inspirational, bro!
Your videos just went from awesome to inspiring. I'm starting the journey towards sobriety too and it's a scary concept. I needed a DUI to finally get slapped in the face by reality. Moving in with my gf this june will help a lot, I won't be able to drink while she's away like I usually do lol ..
Congratulations on your sobriety!!! Thank you for bringing attention to this as well. There is so much substance abuse in this industry. I really appreciate your vulnerability and transparency on this ❤️🙌🏻
CONGRATS TO EVERYONE WHO'S FIGHTING THERE DRAGONS. THERE IS HOPE FOR ANYONE WHO'S STILL IN THE FORGE. PLEASE KNOW ITS HARD AS HELL BUT YOU CAN KICK ADDICTIONS ASS. ONE DAY AT A TIME. LOTS OF LOVE TO EVERYONE
Congrats on 7 years, thank you for all of your videos, they remind me of the good days of working BOH. Keep it up
Same with "going for a drink" after the shift with coworkers... It becomes habit lol
Yea, we didn't even go anywhere. Just shut the doors, turn out the lights, gather around the table in front of the fireplace and lay out the lines. Shots & lines until the cleaning crew came at 630.Then my daughter was born and it all changed for me...
And once “going for a drink” lasts until the sun comes up thanks to the hours, and you barely get any sleep before you have to be back at work, it’s pretty easy to give in to other temptations that are all around you to get through the shift. And then you “go for a drink” again… and the cycle continues…
I've been 4 1/2 years sober off of alcohol, and almost 2 years sober off of drugs. Thanks for the stellar content! And congratulations on being sober for that long!!! 🙌🎉
I love that you used your platform to spread awareness for such a devastating issue. This is the content I’m here for!! ❤️😌
I’m really glad you’re doing better. Your videos are so hilarious and insightful.
That came out of nowhere, but I’m very thankful for your courage in sharing. Often times people just struggle in silence.
I am so proud of you! My uncle was almost the same way but he had been drinking way before that but people around him only encouraged him at work. He’s 10 years sober now and I’m so happy for him. And I’m really happy for you too!! ❤️❤️
Congrats on your sobriety man! Keep it up! Also keep up these videos!! As a former server I can't get enough of them!
I admit, I laughed at you becoming a raging alcoholic, but then read you'd been sober 7 years. I thought that it was in jest, but now see how easy it can be to be dominated by alcohol.My sister had over 20 years sober. "Had" is the keyword. 😥😥😥
Just celebrated my two years of sobriety from opioids this January! Keep on fighting man, people like you make life a touch easier. Roll tide!
This was literally me on my second day at my bar job.. I literally asked wtf is a shifty after they asked me if I wanted a “shifty”.. lol this guy is so accurate and on point with everything I love it
Congratulations on 7 years sober and good job! I know how hard the industry is and I know many people turn to drugs/alchohol to relieve the stress of it all. I am married to a chef and he is disabled now but when he did work it was awful for him
Congratulations on 7 years sober!!!! I'm happy for you dude, your videos are amazing and always make me laugh. You're doing an amazing work and I'm really happy for you!!!
Good on ya mate! Kudos! Glad that I found your channel, you do an amazing work. My appreciation for service industry professionals has gone up not just in the way of meaning knowing what it feels like but also by the knowledge of the subtleties and the nitty gritty of the daily grind that you portray do amusingly for all of us too see. Thank you!
I’m sitting at almost four year sober my friend! Congrats to you and everyone else. Funny I got sober then got into the industry 😆. People ask how I do it and I tell them I just made that decision and work a program
Congratulations on your continuing achievement and for sharing your resources for assistance.
Congratulations on 7 years sobriety. I’ve always noticed that restaurant/bar staff really struggle with addiction and now I know why. Even if the shifties wasn’t the main cause… it certainly didn’t help.
21 years and counting sober for me. Congratulations, man! 💪
I know so many in the industry who struggle with this. I’m so happy you were able to recover! Proud of you :)
Congrats on your sobriety! Thank you for sharing and inspiring
Congratulations dude! I thought the part about being an alcoholic was just part of the joke until you mentioned the long term sobriety. You did it my guy!
OH MY GOSH THIS MADE ME SO HAPPY!!!! Congrats I’m in recovery too!
congrats, Drew!! you're doing great, keep it up!
Asi con toy y sus malas no se la loveme.Uno/PROZEN 💕Megan: "Hotter"Hopi: "Sweeter"Joonie: "Cooler"Yoongi: "Butter"Son unos de los mejores conciertos , no puede ir pero de tan solo verlos desde pantalla, se que estuvo sorprendente
Ohh my goodness.. that just broke my heart. Cuz I love you. So proud of your success.. Stay on Top, Drew.
Hi Drew, your videos are amazing and are so relatable. I think it's fantastic that you made this video to highlight drug and alcohol abuse in the hospitality industry. It catches up with no many folk and will be of great help to those who want to break free of the torment of the abuse. Well done, mate 👍
Yay! 7 years 👏👏👏. Please keep going. You give the rest of us so many laughs.
Good for you, brother. Keep it up. Stay strong.
Congratulations on your sobriety! My deaf sister is struggling bad. Prayers would ne welcome! 💖💖
Congrats on overcoming that and being supportive of others 🙏🏾
Good job, man. It’s not easy to break out of those things. We’re all proud of you, seriously. Keep up the great work!
Congratulations on being seven years sober and yes it's okay to share your story. Same with everyone else. All of you are encouraging others to do the same.
Congrats on the life you created for your self man, you did the hard work and your passion really comes through in what you do. Your character work is spot on
Kudos and respect for your 7 years man. Glad you found some peace or just wanted to beat it. Only something alchies or formers can appreciate. Hope it all comes as easy as the laughs do.
Congratulations on 7 year’s sober, bartenders and servers appreciate all of your videos, these videos are so accurate.
Me, who didn't think I liked beer until I started my first restaurant job: 😬(Thank you for speaking up about this, man. Congratulations on seven years sober!!)
Wow that blindsided me I truly respect you for owning it and making laughter from pain 🙌🏽 I'm 4 whole days sober....so I love you even more now because I know your courage 💪🏽1 day at a time
I was always chuckle whenever my friends ask if my job does drug tests. Ive been a line/prep cook all my life and never been drug tested. Probably because most places know how stressful working in this industry is. Congrats on 7 years sober, im on my 2nd year without having any kind of alcohol.
Foodservice is insanely rife with drugs and alcohol. For one, it may be one of the only types of work addicts can find and maintain, and compound that with the related stress, long hours, and constantly being treated like shit, and you've got a recipe for disaster. Congratulations on breaking the work/drink/stress cycle, bro.
7 years is a hell of an achievement! Well done Drew :)
Congratulations on the 7 years!!! My husband was an exec chef I think being a raging alcoholic is common in the restaurant industry.
LMAO THE EPIPHANY OF THE SHIFTER. I remember my first season at a ski resort…had to grow my beard out so i could convince the bar staff that i was as old as my coworkers (i was 5-10 years younger 😂). ahhh, a shifter of some Sugar Bowl Pale Ale…man, do I miss it. thanks for stirring up that memory Drew.
Thanks for being vulnerable and congrats on your sobriety! Love the vids, they always make me laugh
Good for you my dad died in his addiction he was a alcoholic and had heart and liver problems and despite that he still drank himself to death. Good for you that you acknowledged a problem and sought help love your videos.
Congratulations on your sobriety, sir! Very proud of you and thanks for being so open about your struggles.
Going on 3 years sober and 5 years clean on drugs. We Used to be a party everyday after work but it eventually became a chore. Good to hear others get out that cycle
It's so weird how you know... I was so against drinking And a free one during my days as a chef for a shifty" Has now enticed me for almost 5 years. Crazy how accurate you are. Congrats
Thank you. My addiction to drugs got heavier and out of control when I had my promotion. Little by little, I hope i can get out of it. Thank you for the shorts and the brutal honesty.
Its insane how accurate this is though, I definitely was drinking the hardest I ever had in my life while working as a bartender/waiter
Crazy I’m actually 7 years sober as well. Drugs and alcohol, complete different life nowadays
Thank you for being so open and honest on your channel! I keep seeing your short skits and I cannot live without them they're so so funny!! Keep it up man!