“This is not funny. This is not a joke,” pleaded Mandel.
The comic had just wrapped up an interview on The Howard Stern Show in New York, and Stern, who knew Mandel suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), thought it would be funny to force him to touch a dirty doorknob…on air. Mandel asked other people around the studio to open the door for him, but they were in on the gag, too.
“I started to panic and go through anxiety,” he says in the video testimonial above. “I said, ‘I see a psychiatrist. I have OCD. I’m medicated…'”
After they finally relented and let him through the door, Mandel walked out into the street. He was standing there, visibly shaken and embarrassed, when a man approached him: “I just heard you on Howard Stern.”
“And I went ‘Oh, my God. What do I do now? Do I just run into traffic and just end it here?'”
But then the stranger whispered two words in his ear that forever changed his life. Watch the video above to find out what he said.
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