LOS ANGELES -- Jim Carrey is alive and well and cracking people up again. Phew!
It's said it takes exactly one year to recover from a traumatic break-up and that certainly seems the case for one of the funniest men alive.
These days it's been a decidedly happy Carrey walking around town with a funny Mohawk haircut, joking with fans whenever they approach and posting pictures of himself kissing animals. But it was dicey there for a while.
When Carrey, 49, split up with former Playboy bunny and actress Jenny McCarthy a little over a year ago after an intense four-year relationship, he visibly lost his humour mojo. Although McCarthy started seeing entertainment lawyer Paul Krepelka almost immediately after the split, Carrey didn't seem to have the heart to date anyone.
From April to the end of last year, The Mask star made very few public appearances, managing merely to Twitter a couple of plaintive lines about being alone and how he had taken up painting forlorn landscapes of the sea.
The sadness in Carrey, who's admitted to being prone to bouts of crippling depression, was palpable. During the past year, about 2 million fans -- among the highest number of followers of any public figure in the world -- joined Carrey's Twitter feeds to check for news or any utterance that would indicate the funnyman was OK.
Fears of a protracted Jim Carrey funk began fading this past January when he first put his toe back into the public waters with a wildly anticipated guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, the first major publicity engagement for his film, I Love You Philip Morris.
The Newmarket, Ont.-born comedian admitted in the opening monologue he had had a rough year. "Who thought 2010 was total crap?" he asked the audience. He then joked with a characteristic blanched expression, -¦wouldn't want to go through that again, eh "¦ what a nightmare!"
Now Carrey is beginning a publicity tour for Mr. Poppin's Penguins, a classic children's story of a poor housepainter who unexpectedly comes into the possession of dozens of penguins.
In the movie trailers circulating, Carrey seems in fine comic form. In one take, Carrey is laughing a maniacal laugh that makes everyone watching the trailer start maniacally laughing, too. This bodes well for the movie.
Before the movie hits theatres, Carrey will be making a cameo in the season finale of the hit show, The Office, playing an applicant for the management job that Michael Scott (Steve Carrell) used to fill. Carrey will join other big guns Ricky Gervais, Ray Romano, Will Arnett and Catherine Tate as potential candidates for the job. It sounds like a fun time to hang out with fellow comedians. The hour-long episode will air May 19 on NBC.
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