Lydia Towsey: how I discovered the Venus in me
From Botticelli to glossy magazines, women have been idealised and misrepresented for centuries. Performance poet Lydia Towsey reveals how her own near-fatal eating disorder set her on a path to explore new ways of looking at female bodiesBotticelli’s painting of the Birth of Venus was the fir... [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]
Howie Mandel, Lena Dunham, Emma Stone and more share videos for #MyYoungerSelf campaign supporting mental health awareness
For more than a decade now, Howie Mandel has been an open book about struggling with mental health issues, namely Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which, in his case, shows itself through an irrational fear of germs. But the comedian wasn’t always so ... [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]
Jeannette Rizzi’s “Blindsided” uses comedy as the cure
Comedy isn’t the first thing you think of when it comes to suicide. And vice versa. It’s also a topic that’s just not easily discussed. Well, comedian Jeannette Rizzi is out to change all of that with her incredible journey she’s compiled into her one-woman show Blindsided. S... [Read More]
Jeannette Rizzi’s “Blindsided” uses comedy as the cure
Comedy isn’t the first thing you think of when it comes to suicide. And vice versa. It’s also a topic that’s just not easily discussed. Well, comedian Jeannette Rizzi is out to change all of that with her incredible journey she’s compiled into her one-woman show Blindsided. S... [Read More]
Jeannette Rizzi’s “Blindsided” uses comedy as the cure
Comedy isn’t the first thing you think of when it comes to suicide. And vice versa. It’s also a topic that’s just not easily discussed. Well, comedian Jeannette Rizzi is out to change all of that with her incredible journey she’s compiled into her one-woman show Blindsided. S... [Read More]
Jeannette Rizzi’s “Blindsided” uses comedy as the cure
Comedy isn’t the first thing you think of when it comes to suicide. And vice versa. It’s also a topic that’s just not easily discussed. Well, comedian Jeannette Rizzi is out to change all of that with her incredible journey she’s compiled into her one-woman show Blindsided. S... [Read More]
Rachel Parris review – laughing in the face of depression
Pleasance Dome, Edinburgh Best Laid Plans finds the musical comedian in compellingly candid form as she tenderly pokes fun at life’s serious disappointments You can tell something’s in the air at this year’s fringe when you see a comic hitherto associated with jolly parody songs an... [Read More]
David Baddiel: rumours about my dementia are greatly exaggerated
When he read in the newspapers that he had dementia, the comedian was as alarmed as his friends were. But perhaps that’s what happens when you talk about a complex subject to a media allergic to complexityLast weekend, I woke up to a number of consoling messages related to my decision to go pu... [Read More]