Comedy in a care home: the standups taking slapstick into new territory
The residents were expecting bingo. Instead they got lessons in strawberry spitting, a Railway Children spoof – and a stuntman stripping to his underpantsMonday afternoon is usually bingo time at the Madelayne Court care home, in the village of Broomfield, near Chelmsford. So today’s act... [Read More]
Comedy in a care home: the standups taking slapstick into new territory
The residents were expecting bingo. Instead they got lessons in strawberry spitting, a Railway Children spoof – and a stuntman stripping to his underpantsMonday afternoon is usually bingo time at the Madelayne Court care home, in the village of Broomfield, near Chelmsford. So today’s act... [Read More]
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]