‘Blair’: TBS Is Lookin’ at Instagram!
In 2014, comedian Mo Welch posted her first comic on her @momowelch Instagram handle. It featured a simply drawn depressive named Blair and read “Spirit Airlines is my ‘Nam'” Two years later, The Daily Dot wrote a piece on Mo, the traction her Blair comics ... [Read More]
Winter Blues Band for Hire, by Bizzy Coy
Dear Nightclub Booker, Hi. I’m Dugan Rathbone, guitarist and lead vocalist for Doctor Sad Man’s Sad Time Jam Band, the nation’s only winter blues band. That’s right, our quartet makes your favorite blues tunes even bluer thanks to our debilitating case of seasonal affective d... [Read More]
Winter Blues Band for Hire, by Bizzy Coy
Dear Nightclub Booker, Hi. I’m Dugan Rathbone, guitarist and lead vocalist for Doctor Sad Man’s Sad Time Jam Band, the nation’s only winter blues band. That’s right, our quartet makes your favorite blues tunes even bluer thanks to our debilitating case of seasonal affective d... [Read More]
'Improv saved my life': the comedy classes helping people with anxiety
Once the domain of aspiring performers, improv courses are increasingly being attended by students experiencing mental health problems“Your heart’s beating faster, you feel all these eyes on you, your body reacts with panic.” No, it’s not the discarded first line of Eminem&rs... [Read More]
Why the World of Standup Is Both the Best and Worst Place to Battle Mental Illness
The initial scenes of the pilot episode of I’m Dying Up Here – Showtime’s new dramedy set in early 1970s Los Angeles about the toils of emerging stars in the local standup comedy scene – are a con job. The audience is hijacked by cameras in love with a beautiful, brooding-but... [Read More]
R.I.P. Stevie Ryan (1984-2017)
Stevie Ryan, one of the first YouTubers to score her own comedy series on TV, has died. She was 33. Ryan, born June 2, 1984, and raised in Victorville, Calif., moved to Los Angeles at age 19 to pursue a career in show business. After booking various commercial projects, her YouTube videos caugh... [Read More]
The importance of mental health: Comedians talk to Chris Gethard
Chris Gethard’s one-man show, Career Suicide, premieres this coming Saturday on HBO. But May 1 also marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Month, so Gethard sat down with fellow comedians Wyatt Cenac, Patti Harrison, Aparna Nancherla and Phoebe Robinson to explore different paths and exper... [Read More]
John Moe’s New Podcast ‘The Hilarious World of Depression’ Is Fascinating and Essential
Pod-Canon is an ongoing tribute to the greatest individual comedy-related podcast episodes of all time. If you’re anything like me, you love comedy podcasts and have spent your life wrestling with mental illness. So I suppose it should not come as a surprise that I particularly love comedy pod... [Read More]
Jacqueline Novak and Julie Klausner Get Delightfully Dark in ‘How to Weep in Public’
Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone aren’t the only comedians with a new Refinery29 web series — standup and author Jacqueline Novak is also the host of How to Weep in Public, and in the latest installment she chats with Difficult People creator and star Julie Klausner. The two cover every... [Read More]
Making Mental Illness Funny
Mental illness is a tricky subject. It’s something that we still know relatively little about, even though it affects millions of people every day. Most of us have experiences with it, whether it be with ourselves, or someone we know, or possibly both, but those experiences can vary greatly, m... [Read More]