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Meet Moshe Kasher: drug addict, criminal, mental patient before the age of 16

Moshe Kasher, at the Royal/T Cafe in Culver City, Calif.
Moshe Kasher, at the Royal/T Cafe in Culver City, Calif.
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When he was only 15 years old, Moshe Kasher had hit rock bottom.

He started therapy when he was four years old, and after that came truancy from school, alcohol and drugs. Both of his parents were deaf. He joined a gang after his mother left his father and moved the rest of the family from New York to Oakland — guns were involved and friends went prison. He was in and out of rehab and mental institutions several times.

Kasher turned his life around and is now a rising star in the comedy world. He's been seen on Comedy Central, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Chelsea Lately and Conan O'Brien. He's also had cameos on the Showtime series, "Shameless," and the NBC sitcom, "Whitney."

He's just released a memoir called, "Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and then Turned 16."

An excerpt from Kasher in the Rye