Ben Stiller: 'First and last time I took LSD was right outside Museum of Natural History'

David Caplan
September 11, 2020 - 5:50 pm

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- When it comes to admitting drug use, most celebrities will go no further than admitting to smoking marijuana -- maybe.

But native New Yorker Ben Stiller, who grew up on the Upper West Side, wasn't shy about his one-time usage of LSD, during Thursday night's streaming of "Stars in the House." The episode celebrated its 200th episode with the cast of "Night at the Museum," including Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Carla Gugino and Hank Azaria.

"The first and last time I took LSD was right outside the Museum of Natural History,” Stiller admitted, noting the connection between his flirtation with the drug and the setting for "Night at the Museum."

And it's not surprising Stiller has a fondness for the museum. "I grew up on 84th and Riverside so that museum was part of my life growing up," he said.

Stiller also spoke about the experience in the Netflix documentary "Have a Good Trip: Adventures in Psychedelics," released in May, explaining how he called his dad, the late Jerry Stiller, when he was high. 

 "I could just hear the silence on the other end of the phone, because I think it was just that feeling of 'Oh, I failed as a parent.,'" he said. "And then the next thing he said was 'It’s gonna be okay,' and he started to talk me down even though he knew nothing about drugs. He said, 'I know what you’re feeling. When I was 10 years old I smoked a Pall Mall cigarette and I was sick for two days.' And I said, 'No it’s not … This is different.'"