The Hilarious World of Depression

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Maggie
 Feb 12, 2020
Helps me to feel like I'm not alone

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 Jun 4, 2019
great podcast


 Jan 25, 2019

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A show about clinical depression...with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe. Join guests such as Maria Bamford, Paul F. Tompkins, Andy Richter, and Jen Kirkman to learn how they’ve dealt with depression and managed to laugh along the way. If you have not met the disease personally, it’s almost certain that someone you know has, whether it’s a friend, family member, colleague, or neighbor. Depression is a vicious cycle of solitude and stigma that leaves people miserable and sometimes dead. Frankly, we’re not going to put up with that anymore. The Hilarious World of Depression is not medical treatment and should not be seen as a substitute for therapy or medication. But it is a chance to gain some insight, have a few laughs, and realize that people with depression are not alone and that together, we can all feel a bit better. American Public Media and HealthPartners’ Make It Okay campaign are committed to breaking the stigma around mental health.

Episode Date
Movies That Get Depression Right
00:45:18
It’s easy for movies to get depression wrong, portraying a clinical disorder as equivalent to just being bummed out and, in the case of romantic comedies, curable with a magical kiss. People with actual depression know better and appreciate films that show the truth. In this episode, our listeners, the beloved THWoD-balls, give their picks, ranging from sci-fi to historical drama to comedy. We got moon men, bridesmaids, a couple of hobbits, and even a Babadook. Fill out your watch list! You can order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
May 25, 2020
Steven Page Camouflages Songs About Depression
00:45:28
As co-founder and co-frontman for the band Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page belted out a lot of up-tempo pop hits. But if you look at the lyrics to songs like "One Week" or "Pinch Me," you can see a lot of darkness and that's an approach that has continued with his solo work. We hear about his bipolar diagnosis, his drug arrest, and his penchant for creating multi-layered music. You can order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
May 18, 2020
Mike Birbiglia Faces His Darkest Fears and Puts Them On Stage
00:41:02
Monologist and comedian Mike Birbiglia has always had a mile-long dark streak. Even if he’s never been diagnosed with clinical depression, he’s recognized his own lack of capacity to feel joy and is constantly aware of a kind of existential dread that haunts him. But rather than shy away from all that, he picks at it. Mike fills us in on how he deals with that darkness and the inner meaning of a lot of his work. You can order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
May 11, 2020
Free Chapters of The Hilarious World of Depression: The Book: The Audiobook
00:42:52
To celebrate the release of our book we are excited to offer you a sneak preview of the audio version, read by author and THWoD host John Moe. Hear how he started to unlock his own mental mysteries with the help of a productive relationship with a therapist, a lot of time with dogs, and some key decisions. The book is available on all platforms as of May 5, 2020. Check it out on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
May 04, 2020
Emmy Blotnick Once Ate a Whole Head of Cabbage. Alone. In Silence.
00:47:18
Standup comedian and writer Emmy Blotnick is a rising star in the comedy world. But along the path to success, she’s had to navigate a depression that manifested in some pretty unexpected ways, including culinary disasters involving pumpkin puree, kidney beans, and butternut squash soup. Thanks to some hard work, EMDR therapy, and more nutritious choices, she’s on the right track. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Apr 27, 2020
Lulu Miller Treats Her Depression With Fish Research, Finds Fish Don’t Exist
00:47:01
Public radio and podcast audiences have been listening to Lulu Miller’s storytelling for years on Radiolab and on Invisibilia, a show she co-founded. Her work is generally about other people but on this episode, she shares her own story, which is by turns harrowing and triumphant. Lulu’s new book is “Why Fish Don’t Exist” (Link: https://bit.ly/2XNTnq4) and it’s about her history with depression, the scientific curiosity that helped get her back on track, and, yeah, why fish don’t exist. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Apr 20, 2020
Dave Holmes Puts the ADHD in Dave Holmes
00:42:48
Some people don’t have short job titles. Dave Holmes is, among other things, a writer, MTV VJ (despite losing the contest that landed him the job), TV host, actor, and even a former advertising executive. He has dealt with anxiety, depression, and a thorny time coming out as a gay man. Just before our conversation, he received a new diagnosis of ADHD and suddenly a lot of things made a lot more sense. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Apr 13, 2020
Call A Friend, Find Out How They’re Doing
00:33:12
During this long stretch of just staying home, we decided to reach out to some friends of THWoD, hear their voices, and find out how they're holding up. Writer Ana Marie Cox is drawing strength from her sobriety, actor John Ross Bowie is balancing work and fatherhood, and comedian Solomon Georgio has found a soothing new hobby of driving to the airport and then turning around and going home again. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Apr 06, 2020
Lori Gottlieb Has Seen All Possible Sides of Therapy
00:50:11
Having experienced therapy as a patient, a student, and an actual therapist, Lori Gottlieb has a lot of insight into what therapy is, what it isn't, and how to get the most out of it. We hear how she ended up in the profession after repeatedly putting a UPS guy in an uncomfortable spot and how, years later, she needed more therapy herself when her world fell out from under her. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon (amzn.to/THWoDBook) or IndieBound (bit.ly/IndieTHWoD). Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Mar 30, 2020
Jameela Jamil Has an Ambitious Goal: To Feel Things

00:45:01
She was one of the stars of NBC’s The Good Place, a tv and radio host in England, and she’s created a popular movement aimed at celebrating body positivity, all within the past few years. But Jameela Jamil has been through enough trauma, eating disorders, depression, and other calamities that she can’t feel much of anything. She’s working to change that. You can pre-order John's book on Amazon or IndieBound. Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate Visit MakeItOK.org to get resources, tips for talking about mental health, and more. If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Mar 23, 2020
A Message From Inside John's Closet. I Mean Office.
00:15:43
Hi, it’s John, and I’m sending you this recording from my makeshift office about what’s going on for us THWoD-balls during COVID-19, and ideas about how to get through it as best we can. You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook. Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate If you or anyone you know is struggling, there's help available, any time. It's free and you'll reach a trained volunteer. You can reach the Crisis Text Line by texting the word HOME to 741-741, or call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.
Mar 18, 2020
Theo Fleury: Trauma, stardom, and a downward spiral on the latest Tremendous Upside
00:30:45
Theo Fleury hit the ice at age five. He was a hockey phenom at 14, a Stanley Cup champion at 20 and an Olympic gold medalist at 33. He was also keeping a terrible secret. As a teen, he was sexually assaulted by one of his coaches. Hockey became an escape, but it couldn’t fix everything; he faced addiction and suicidal thoughts. Today, Theo is sober, and he talks with host Chamique Holdsclaw about what it took to get there. Subscribe to the podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts
Jan 27, 2020
THWoD Special: Tremendous Upside with Chamique Holdsclaw and Metta World Peace
00:31:39
A special episode of our new sister program from the makers of THWoD. Tremendous Upside is a bit like THWoD, but instead of John Moe talking to artists, host and basketball icon Chamique Holdsclaw talks to big-name athletes about their struggles with mental illnesses. On the premiere episode, she interviews Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest. He had a long and storied NBA career but is still best known for his involvement in a violent incident that spilled into the stands during a game. He grew up in Queensbridge, the largest housing project in the US. His home life was unstable and from an early age, he struggled with his anger. Hear how he turned things around with therapy, breathing, and meditation. Subscribe to the podcast: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts
Jan 13, 2020
Introducing Tremendous Upside
00:07:19
We are delighted to announce a brand new show coming your way from the THWoD team. Tremendous Upside is a series of interviews with athletes who have been at the top of their game and struggled with mental illness. In this mini-THWoD episode, John Moe talks with Tremendous Upside host Chamique Holdsclaw, winner of national championships, player of the year awards, and an Olympic gold medal. Hear how athletes like Metta World Peace, Briana Scurry, Suzy Favor Hamilton, Theo Fleury, and more open up to Chamique about the struggles off the field of play that don’t get talked about much at all. You can check out the Tremendous Upside trailer and subscribe here.
Dec 16, 2019
Depression's Eleven Big Lies EXPOSED!
00:48:57
It's helpful to know that depression lies to you, that it presents the world in a way that is false just to mess you up. It's even more helpful to know exactly what whoppers it tries to pull off. We enlisted our team of world-class investigative reporters, aka our listeners, aka The THWoD-balls, to blow the lid off lies about love, hard work, ignorance, staying alive, and even cookies. We can't stop you from lying, depression, but we can know a lie when we hear it. Also, hey, we have new stuff available for donors! Act now to get your very own THWoD pill-shaped stress ball. It's pill-shaped but not pill-sized because that would be ridiculous. Visit hilariousworld.org/donate to see all our available thank you gifts. You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook. Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Check out our sponsors this week: DoorDash - Download the app and use promo code WORLD Native - nativedeodorant.com with code WORLD Calm - calm.com/WORLD Stitch Fix - stitchfix.com/hilarious Quip Oral Care - getquip.com/HILARIOUS Bark Box - barkbox.com/WORLD
Dec 09, 2019
Darryl "DMC" McDaniels Finds Therapy More Helpful Than Olde English 800
00:46:54
Run-DMC was about as successful as recording artists could be. Packed concerts, multi-platinum selling albums, MTV, fame, fortune, the whole thing. But Darryl McDaniels, the DMC of the group's name, was a mess. He was drinking, using drugs, and not dealing with mental health issues that he thinks had plagued him since birth. With the help of some tough love therapy in a rehab facility he was able to face his problems and get to the bottom of what was really going on. Hear about his introverted childhood, his meteoric rise, and how he chose to listen to one song for a year instead of killing himself. n You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook. Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate. Check out our sponsors this week: DoorDash - Download the app and use promo code WORLD Native - nativedeodorant.com with code WORLD Calm - calm.com/WORLD Stitch Fix - stitchfix.com/hilarious Quip Oral Care - getquip.com/HILARIOUS Bark Box - barkbox.com/WORLD
Nov 18, 2019
Mark Duplass Has Two Speeds: Go and Crash
00:49:38
Filmmaker and actor Mark Duplass has been prolific over the course of his career. Along with his brother and creative partner, Jay Duplass, he's made films such as "The Puffy Chair" and "Cyrus," as well as TV shows like "Togetherness" and "Room 104." Mark's also an in-demand actor, starring on "The League" on FX and "The Morning Show" on Apple TV+. Depression threw a big wrench into his creative ambitions and he attempted to muscle his way through it. That doesn't work, of course, and Mark crashed hard. Hear how he finally got help and how he approaches his life and work today. You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook. Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate. Check out our sponsors this week: DoorDash - Download the app and use promo code WORLD Native - nativedeodorant.com with code WORLD Calm - calm.com/WORLD Stitch Fix - stitchfix.com/hilarious Quip Oral Care - getquip.com/HILARIOUS Bark Box - barkbox.com/WORLD
Nov 11, 2019
Angelina Spicer Wants to Say Things Out Loud About Postpartum Depression
00:44:36
There's a lot of information being thrown at parents when a baby is on the way: how to make a birth plan, what kind of car seat to get, what shots the baby will need, and on and on. Comedian and actor Angelina Spicer thinks a frank discussion of postpartum depression doesn't get included in there nearly as much as it should. She recalls what happened when her driven and determined approach to her career ran head-first into a depression she never expected. You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook. Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate. Check out our sponsors this week: DoorDash - Download the app and use promo code WORLD Native - nativedeodorant.com with code WORLD Calm - calm.com/WORLD Stitch Fix - stitchfix.com/hilarious Quip Oral Care - getquip.com/HILARIOUS Bark Box - barkbox.com/WORLD
Nov 04, 2019
Miz Cracker Looks in the Mirror
00:48:55
Max Heller's life was falling apart. He was drinking heavily, using every kind of pill he could get his hands on, and isolating from society. He was swimming in New York's East River, walking through subway tunnels, and hooking up with whomever he could find. Then he met Bob the Drag Queen who, after weeks of cajoling, gave Max a complete drag makeover. Thus was born Miz Cracker, a confident and healthier self who looked beautiful in the mirror and who would rise to fame on RuPaul's Drag Race. We hear about her struggles with depression and her struggles with keeping up on her self-care. This episode contains loads of laughs and passing references to Brecht and Sartre. You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook. Follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate. Check out our sponsors this week: DoorDash - Download the app and use promo code WORLD Native - nativedeodorant.com with code WORLD Calm - calm.com/WORLD Stitch Fix - stitchfix.com/hilarious Quip Oral Care - getquip.com/HILARIOUS Bark Box - barkbox.com/WORLD
Oct 28, 2019
Charlene deGuzman Has Unsexy Stories About Sex
00:42:39
Actor and writer Charlene deGuzman grew up thinking that women should be like the centerfolds her father had plastered all over the garage: alluring to men and ready for sex. As an adult, this led to a sex and love addiction where the line between sex and love got blurry. Eventually, she hit bottom amid a failed relationship, a disastrous reaction to that failed relationship, substance use, and suicidal thoughts. She got help and, this is a bit unusual, made a critically-acclaimed movie about her recovery experiences. Learn more about Charlene, including where to watch "Unloveable," at charstarlene.com. You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook. Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod. Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate. Check out our sponsors this week: DoorDash - Download the app and use promo code WORLD Native - nativedeodorant.com with code WORLD Calm - calm.com/WORLD Stitch Fix - stitchfix.com/hilarious Quip Oral Care - getquip.com/HILARIOUS Bark Box - barkbox.com/WORLD
Oct 21, 2019
Anil Dash Loves Social Media and Wants It To Change
00:40:32
Can platforms like Facebook or Twitter or Instagram help with depression? They do offer a quick way to connect with other humans, after all. But then again, do they? Are you talking to a human or are you just alone and typing? Tech thinker and Glitch CEO Anil Dash has been addressing the benefits and problems of social media for twenty years, since before even MySpace and Friendster. He also has a history of depression, which made it hard to run his own business at times, a business he had started when he was seventeen years old. You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook. Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate
Oct 14, 2019
Ryan Bingham Finds a Home and Settles Down
00:42:06
It took a long time for singer/songwriter Ryan Bingham to get to some stability in his life. Growing up, his parents had problems with drugs and alcohol, creating a lifestyle that kept the family constantly on the move or on the run all over the Southwest. Speaking of instability, his main outlet during childhood was riding bulls on the rodeo circuit. As he grew up, he tried to leave his past behind to be a traveling musician. When Ryan's parents died, he finally had to confront all that had happened. All the while, he was writing songs about all of it. You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook. Follow us on Twitter: @THWofD Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/thwod Support our show today: hilariousworld.org/donate
Oct 07, 2019
Heather B. Armstrong Nearly Dies Ten Times and It Works Out Great
00:41:58
Author and blogger Heather B. Armstrong (dooce.com) was in, by far, the deepest depression she had ever experienced and nothing was working to lift it. That's when her psychiatrist told her about a study using powerful doses of the anesthetic Propofol. Heather had ten appointments where she was placed in a brief medically-induced coma. The idea is similar to electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) but without the electricity and, hopefully, without side effects like memory loss. She shares the story of what led her to try the treatment and how it went. You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook.
Sep 30, 2019
Mara Wilson Had Great Opportunities and Difficult Challenges
00:40:09
While it was easy for audiences to enjoy Mara Wilson as a perky child performer in movies like Matilda and Mrs. Doubtfire, the young actress had mental health issues that weren’t enjoyable at all. Mara had been dealing with severe anxiety for as long as she could remember. Her mom was diagnosed with breast cancer just before Matilda started shooting and Mara developed symptoms of OCD. Then came depression, and eventually body dysmorphia, too. Mara Wilson is 32 years old now and has relegated acting to the sidelines. She has a good grip on how her mind works and feels great about her new focus as a writer, but she knows that managing her conditions will be a lifelong job. You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook.
Sep 23, 2019
Whitney Cummings Puts It Together and Stops Falling Apart
00:49:20
Whitney Cummings has had a lot of success in Hollywood as a comedian, actress, writer and director, and now she's finally having success in figuring herself out. She's been making connections between the addiction and mental illnesses in her house growing up, the eating disorders she developed, the depression that has persisted, and the codependency that emerged. Turns out when you are able to take a good hard look at things, you can get a pretty good view. You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook.
Sep 16, 2019
Pete Holmes Looks for Meaning and Membership
00:42:19
You might know Pete Holmes from his many standup specials, his talk show, or Crashing, the HBO series he created and starred in. You might not know the long and varied spiritual path he's traveled in his life. Pete was an incredibly devout Christian, living by the Bible and obsessed with avoiding eternal damnation. Following traumatic life events, he arrived first at atheism and finally at a consciousness-based worldview influenced by thinkers like Ram Dass and Joseph Campbell. Sticking around for all parts of that journey: a love of comedy and some rather aggressive anxiety and depression. You can pre-order John's book at bit.ly/HilariousWorldBook.
Sep 09, 2019
Jenny Lawson and Books That Get Depression Right
00:33:05
We asked our listeners for books they've read that give an accurate depiction of the reality of depression. Happily, we got enough great suggestions to weigh down a shopping cart at the bookstore or leave a library card smoldering. A name that came up a lot was author Jenny Lawson, who happens to be a friend of the show. On this episode, we talk with Jenny and get audio suggestions from a lot of THWoD-balls. Be sure to visit hilariousworld.org for a complete list of titles.
Aug 12, 2019
The Perils and Rewards of Travel
00:29:48
Jul 08, 2019
Just the Funny Parts
00:40:50
May 06, 2019
Solomon Georgio Is Doing Better
00:48:07
Dec 24, 2018
Jonny Sun Ended Up Here Somehow
00:47:30
Dec 17, 2018
Naomi Ekperigin Brings In Her Baggage, Unpacks It
00:48:58
Dec 10, 2018
Check-Ups on Gary Gulman, Linda Holmes, Janelle James, and “Steve.” Plus, Sock Opportunities
00:48:55
Dec 03, 2018
Aparna Nancherla Is Having a Harder Time Doing Something She’s Great At
00:43:54
Nov 26, 2018
John Ross Bowie and Jamie Denbo Don’t Need Your Suggestions For Their Life Improv
00:50:38
Nov 19, 2018
Adventures in Therapy
00:37:54
Nov 12, 2018
Guy Branum Goes to Minnesota, Gets Good Internet, Finds Self
00:43:42
Nov 05, 2018
The Hilarious NIGHT of Depression
01:18:26
Oct 29, 2018
Words: Am We Uses Them Good At Mental Health?
00:45:21
Oct 22, 2018
Scott Thompson Keeps Getting Back Up Again
00:53:21
Oct 15, 2018
Chris Gethard Does Not Avoid the Collision
00:52:57
Oct 08, 2018
Figuring Out Regular Adolescent Behavior vs. Alarming Disorder with Jen Kirkman
00:53:23
Oct 01, 2018
Neko Case Leaves Bad Places, Goes to Better Places
00:51:59
Sep 24, 2018
Your Amazing Therapeutic Jukebox
00:52:28
Sep 17, 2018
Mortified’s Dave Nadelberg Presents Your Shame Live On Stage
00:40:36
Sep 10, 2018
Open Mike Eagle Goes Outside And Meets People
00:50:20
Sep 04, 2018
Impostor Syndrome: True Tales, Tricks, and Tactics for When You’re Feeling Fraudulent
00:38:54
Aug 27, 2018
Thom Tran Is a Regular Standup Comic Except for the Part About Being Shot in the Head in Iraq
00:49:08
Aug 20, 2018
Andrew Zimmern Wrecks His Life, Rebuilds His Life, and Eats Weird Food
00:42:56
Aug 13, 2018
Special Episode: Mental Health First Aid and Lady Gaga’s Mom
00:27:10
Jun 26, 2018
How to Get Help
00:25:45
Jun 08, 2018
Highlights From A Hilarious Night of Depression
00:40:50
Mar 05, 2018
Hannah Hart Gets Drunk, Tries To Make Grilled Cheese, Gets Famous, Tries To Enjoy It
00:49:17
Feb 05, 2018
Ted Leo Stops Beating Up File Cabinets, Songs, Self
00:47:00
Jan 29, 2018
Rachel Bloom Finds Her Voice, Then Uses It To Sing About Stealing Pets and Moving to West Covina, California
00:53:44
Jan 22, 2018
Reggie Osse Puts It Together
00:51:05
Jan 15, 2018
Linda Holmes Leaves Law to Concentrate On Watching TV and It Works Out Great
00:45:33
Jan 08, 2018
Rhett Miller Really Hates That Brass Cat
00:47:45
Jan 02, 2018
Mike Brown Trains as an Engineer to Prepare for Comedy
00:50:06
Dec 26, 2017
Janelle James Discovers She’s a Comedian and Not a Gardener
00:42:00
Dec 18, 2017
Jenny Lawson is Very Fond of Creepy Smiling Dead Animals and Worries Quite a Bit
00:50:50
Dec 11, 2017
The Holiday Coping Mechanism Spectacular
01:00:35
Dec 04, 2017
Ana Marie Cox Is Not Really Edited Much At All
01:22:23
Nov 27, 2017
Julie Klausner Builds a More Confident and Dumber Version of Herself For Our Amusement
00:44:52
Nov 20, 2017
Jeff Tweedy Didn’t Want to Take His Doctor On Tour Because the Doctor Was Terrible
00:54:48
Nov 13, 2017
Patti Harrison Figures Out Who She Is and She’s a Woman Who Likes Gross Jokes
00:47:00
Nov 06, 2017
Gary Gulman Is a Brilliant Comedian and an Ineffective Offensive Lineman
00:46:02
Oct 30, 2017
Aimee Mann Discovers That Having Feelings About Terrible Things Is Perfectly Fine
00:50:03
Oct 23, 2017
John Green Falls Victim to Some Bad Fiction While Writing His New Book
00:56:39
Oct 16, 2017
Neal Brennan Gives Ketamine and Magnetic Impulses a Try
00:50:47
Oct 09, 2017
Margaret Cho Works Out A Lot And Makes People Upset In New Jersey
00:41:18
Oct 02, 2017
Wil Wheaton Is Really Hoping It’s All Worth It
00:49:07
Sep 25, 2017
Episode #PREVIEW: Season 2 starts Sept. 25!
00:03:44
Sep 18, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: Imagine Depression as a Person and Describe Them
00:13:23
Aug 28, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: How to Get Help
00:23:58
Aug 15, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: Hitting the Nail on the Head
00:13:10
Jul 31, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats on where all that coping music comes from
00:23:20
Jul 17, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: The Things We Tell Ourselves That Help
00:13:04
Jul 05, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: Vol. 2 of Listeners’ Favorite Coping Songs
00:21:49
Jun 19, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: Listeners’ Favorite Coping Songs
00:16:05
We asked our listeners to tell us about the songs they use when depression is hitting hard. Take a listen to some of the responses, both the songs themselves and the stories behind them in this highly musical trip through the jukebox that is Clinny D. You won't often find mix tapes with Doris Day, hardcore punk, and Foghat all in one place but we are here to provide just that.
Jun 05, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: Coping Ideas From a Real Live Sad Clown
00:13:35
More ideas from listeners for unusual methods they used to address their depression that actually worked. We've heard a wide variety of ideas from all over the world, including Jonna Nummela of Helsinki, Finland who tells about her clown alter-ego who takes lumps so Jonna doesn't have to. We also hear about what Jonna brings into the sauna that confuses and alarms other Finns.
May 22, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: A Conversation with Ana Marie Cox
01:20:08
It's a crossover conversation between The Hilarious World of Depression's John Moe and Ana Marie Cox, host of the podcast "With Friends Like These." Both shows traffic in the idea of having more conversations about things that don't get talked about very often. In that spirit, John and Ana Marie open about some events that drive them and that they have never discussed much in public. If you need immediate help, confidential help is available for free in the U.S. at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK.
May 05, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: Therapeutic Ukuleles, Therapeutic Penguins, Therapeutic Yarn
00:18:33
We asked listeners for the strangest ways they've tried to treat their depression that actually worked. And boy, did they ever come through. We hear musical solutions, efforts to enumerate animals, and some clandestine harmless vandalism on the streets of Ottawa.
Apr 24, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: The Return of Peter Sagal
00:11:38
Peter Sagal, host of NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! was our guest on the very first episode of our podcast. He used the occasion to break a long silence and tell the world that he's struggled with depression, the first time he had told anyone other than a doctor. On this placebo episode, we check in with him to find out how sharing that information went over.
Apr 10, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: Bonus Episode of Terrible, Thanks for Asking to Celebrate #trypod
00:41:32
March is #trypod time all over the podcast world and we're getting in the spirit by offering an episode of another American Public Media program. Terrible, Thanks for Asking explores the sometimes difficult answers that people avoid giving when asked, "How are you?"
Mar 27, 2017
Episode #PLACEBO: Billy Joel, Intrusive Thoughts Named Steve, and Nocturnal Carpentry
00:17:55
THWoD stops by to say hello with a mini-episode. A not-really-an-episode. A placebo. Instead of talking to professional comedians, host John Moe talks to some listeners of the show about their surprisingly amusing tales of struggling with depression. We hear about the power of a pair of concert tickets, a very special friend who isn't really carbon-based, and depression hangs a door.
Mar 13, 2017
Episode #9: Paul F. Tompkins Sees Dead Grass and Has Screwed Up Relationships
00:53:52
Comedian and actor Paul F. Tompkins is known for being friendly and delightful both on stage and off. And that's pretty surprising given that he grew up in a home where his parents slept in separate rooms, each likely struggling with undiagnosed and untreated depression, and conflict and anger were all around. Hear how comedy and acting gave him some of the support he craved but couldn't get anywhere else. Hear also how, as is the case with many depressives with complicated childhoods, he struggles to figure out good, healthy ways to spend time with other people and with himself. All this plus tales of Paul's bleak time working in a hat store called Hats in the Belfry.
Feb 06, 2017
Episode #8: Baron Vaughn and His Inadvisable All-Cheerio Diet
00:45:35
The life of a professional comedian and actor can be glamorous at times. You get recognized, go to the occasional celebrity party, maybe have a lot of strangers know your name. But it didn't feel all that swanky to Baron Vaughn when he was holed up in a Vancouver apartment for days at a time, eating Cheerios and bathing in Dawn dish soap, all as a result of a severe attack of the depression that had been chasing him down for years. Baron shares those moments and how he got out of them as well as tales of being raised by his great grandparents in a small New Mexico town, dealing with the after-effects of his mother's addiction, and how depression is perceived and ignored among black Americans.
Jan 30, 2017
Episode #7: Jen Kirkman, Bad Therapy, Good Therapy, and Nuclear Invasion
00:42:47
Before she was a successful LA comic with a new Netflix special, Jen Kirkman was a somewhat confused kid growing up in Boston. Hear how she got screwed up by nuclear war anxiety, found her calling in comedy, and ultimately learned to leverage her creativity and imagination to take on depression and anxiety.
Jan 23, 2017
Episode #6: Supershow! Eight Comedians! One Chronic Mental Illness!
00:45:44
When it comes to struggles with depression, everyone's story is different. But a lot of the time, the stories can be pretty similar. In this episode, we point out some common themes that seem to rise up in a whole lot of conversations with comedians. Join us for a journey through feeling awful and trying some things to feel better with Michael Ian Black, Aparna Nancherla, Mike Drucker, Jordan Carlos, Jenny Jaffe, Jake Weisman, Sara Benincasa, and Bill Corbett.
Jan 16, 2017
Episode #5: Andy Richter on Youthful Melancholy and Twisted Entertainers
00:42:01
It's not exactly normal for a 5-year-old kid to listen to Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water over and over and over, but Andy Richter didn't know that. It felt natural to him. The actor and longtime comedic accompanist to Conan O'Brien relates his childhood in Illinois, the impact of divorce on his nascent depression, and how he plugged away at finding both an effective treatment and who he really was. Also, are ALL people who go into comedy at least a little twisted? Here Andy's answer.
Jan 09, 2017
Episode #4: Dick Cavett Tells Tales of Hollywood’s Secret Shame
00:34:54
Just about everyone who mattered in the '60s and '70s hung out with Dick Cavett. His talk shows were hilarious, candid, and culturally vital. They were snarky before David Letterman ever hit the air, and sharp before Jon Stewart showed up on anyone's TV. Along the way, he managed to infuriate Richard Nixon such that the President plotted attacks against him, which is when you know you've really arrived. On this episode, Dick talks about his own struggles with depression as well as the struggles of people he knew, including Judy Garland, Laurence Olivier, Marlon Brando, and Groucho Marx.
Jan 02, 2017
Episode #3: Sam Grittner Finds a Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Suicide
00:39:33
It was an otherwise ordinary May morning when Sam decided it was the right time to die. In some ways it was a surprising decision. He had managed to kick most of the substance abuse problems that he had wrestled with for years. Oxy, ecstasy, crack, heroin, and booze were no longer part of his life. Depression was still there, though, and so was a lot of frustration about his comedy career and personal life. So he went for it and swallowed more pills than he would ever need to kill himself. Then something else happened.
Dec 26, 2016
Episode #2: Maria Bamford Talks Bipolar II While Her Pugs Eat Nilla Wafers
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For some people, treating depression is a matter of going to a doctor or therapist, maybe getting some meds, and then feeling better. For comedian and actress Maria Bamford, the path to doing better was way longer and more complicated. She shares her experiences with depression, OCD, hypomania, and persistent, unwanted disturbing thoughts, as well as bad therapy, ineffective in-patient treatment, and breakdowns. A diagnosis of Bipolar II, which covered a lot of what was wrong with her, and some Googling helped put her on track to become the healthier person she is today.
Dec 19, 2016
Episode #1: Peter Sagal Opens Up
00:38:11
The longtime host of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me has battled depression for much of his life but has never gone public with that struggle until now. Sagal recently went through what was for him a very painful and very messy divorce. He shares how he's been able to move on and host a weekly comedy program even as his life was falling apart. Some of the methods: keeping very busy and listening to Amy Poehler. We also hear from Peter Sagal's friend, the neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, on what helps and hurts a depressed person's brain in times of crisis.
Dec 12, 2016
Episode #0: The Hilarious World of Depression — coming soon!
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A sneak preview of some of the voices you'll hear on the upcoming season of The Hilarious World of Depression. Host John Moe talks to some of the top names in comedy, who share candid conversations about their experience with depression and have a few laughs along the way.
Nov 30, 2016