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The Hilarious World of Depression

By American Public Media

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.

  1. 1.
    Movies That Get Depression Right05/25/2020
    45:18
  2. 2.
    Steven Page Camouflages Songs About Depression05/18/2020
    48:48
  3. 3.
    Mike Birbiglia Faces His Darkest Fears and Puts Them On Stage05/11/2020
    41:36
  4. 4.
    Free Chapters of The Hilarious World of Depression: The Book: The Audiobook05/04/2020
    42:52
  5. 5.
    Emmy Blotnick Once Ate a Whole Head of Cabbage. Alone. In Silence.04/27/2020
    47:18
  6. 6.
    Lulu Miller Treats Her Depression With Fish Research, Finds Fish Don’t Exist04/20/2020
    47:01
  7. 7.
    Dave Holmes Puts the ADHD in Dave Holmes04/13/2020
    43:33
  8. 8.
    Call A Friend, Find Out How They’re Doing04/06/2020
    33:12
  1. 9.
    Lori Gottlieb Has Seen All Possible Sides of Therapy 03/30/2020
    50:11
  2. 10.
    Jameela Jamil Has an Ambitious Goal: To Feel Things
03/23/2020
    45:46
  3. 11.
    A Message From Inside John's Closet. I Mean Office.03/18/2020
    15:43
  4. 12.
    Theo Fleury: Trauma, stardom, and a downward spiral on the latest Tremendous Upside01/27/2020
    30:45
  5. 13.
    THWoD Special: Tremendous Upside with Chamique Holdsclaw and Metta World Peace 01/13/2020
    31:39
  6. 14.
    Introducing Tremendous Upside12/16/2019
    7:19
  7. 15.
    Depression's Eleven Big Lies EXPOSED!12/09/2019
    48:57
  8. 16.
    Darryl "DMC" McDaniels Finds Therapy More Helpful Than Olde English 80011/18/2019
    48:59
  9. 17.
    Mark Duplass Has Two Speeds: Go and Crash11/11/2019
    53:07
  10. 18.
    Angelina Spicer Wants to Say Things Out Loud About Postpartum Depression11/04/2019
    47:59
  11. 19.
    Miz Cracker Looks in the Mirror10/28/2019
    50:09
  12. 20.
    Charlene deGuzman Has Unsexy Stories About Sex10/21/2019
    46:07
  13. 21.
    Anil Dash Loves Social Media and Wants It To Change10/14/2019
    43:18
  14. 22.
    Ryan Bingham Finds a Home and Settles Down10/07/2019
    44:26
  15. 23.
    Heather B. Armstrong Nearly Dies Ten Times and It Works Out Great09/30/2019
    45:13
  16. 24.
    Mara Wilson Had Great Opportunities and Difficult Challenges09/23/2019
    43:39
  17. 25.
    Whitney Cummings Puts It Together and Stops Falling Apart09/16/2019
    49:52
  18. 26.
    Pete Holmes Looks for Meaning and Membership09/09/2019
    42:50
  19. 27.
    Jenny Lawson and Books That Get Depression Right08/12/2019
    33:36
  20. 28.
    The Perils and Rewards of Travel07/08/2019
    29:48
  21. 29.
    Just the Funny Parts05/06/2019
    41:21
  22. 30.
    Solomon Georgio Is Doing Better12/24/2018
    48:38
  23. 31.
    Jonny Sun Ended Up Here Somehow12/17/2018
    48:01
  24. 32.
    Naomi Ekperigin Brings In Her Baggage, Unpacks It12/10/2018
    49:29
  25. 33.
    Check-Ups on Gary Gulman, Linda Holmes, Janelle James, and “Steve.” Plus, Sock Opportunities12/03/2018
    49:26
  26. 34.
    Aparna Nancherla Is Having a Harder Time Doing Something She’s Great At11/26/2018
    44:25
  27. 35.
    John Ross Bowie and Jamie Denbo Don’t Need Your Suggestions For Their Life Improv11/19/2018
    51:09
  28. 36.
    Adventures in Therapy11/12/2018
    38:25
  29. 37.
    Guy Branum Goes to Minnesota, Gets Good Internet, Finds Self11/05/2018
    44:13
  30. 38.
    The Hilarious NIGHT of Depression10/29/2018
    1:18:57
  31. 39.
    Words: Am We Uses Them Good At Mental Health?10/22/2018
    45:52
  32. 40.
    Scott Thompson Keeps Getting Back Up Again10/15/2018
    53:52
  33. 41.
    Chris Gethard Does Not Avoid the Collision10/08/2018
    53:28
  34. 42.
    Figuring Out Regular Adolescent Behavior vs. Alarming Disorder with Jen Kirkman10/01/2018
    53:54
  35. 43.
    Neko Case Leaves Bad Places, Goes to Better Places09/24/2018
    52:30
  36. 44.
    Your Amazing Therapeutic Jukebox09/17/2018
    52:59
  37. 45.
    Mortified’s Dave Nadelberg Presents Your Shame Live On Stage09/10/2018
    41:07
  38. 46.
    Open Mike Eagle Goes Outside And Meets People09/04/2018
    50:51
  39. 47.
    Impostor Syndrome: True Tales, Tricks, and Tactics for When You’re Feeling Fraudulent08/27/2018
    39:26
  40. 48.
    Thom Tran Is a Regular Standup Comic Except for the Part About Being Shot in the Head in Iraq08/20/2018
    49:39
  41. 49.
    Andrew Zimmern Wrecks His Life, Rebuilds His Life, and Eats Weird Food08/13/2018
    43:27
  42. 50.
    Special Episode: Mental Health First Aid and Lady Gaga’s Mom06/26/2018
    27:10
  43. 51.
    How to Get Help06/08/2018
    25:45
  44. 52.
    Highlights From A Hilarious Night of Depression03/05/2018
    40:50
  45. 53.
    Hannah Hart Gets Drunk, Tries To Make Grilled Cheese, Gets Famous, Tries To Enjoy It02/05/2018
    49:48
  46. 54.
    Ted Leo Stops Beating Up File Cabinets, Songs, Self01/29/2018
    47:31
  47. 55.
    Rachel Bloom Finds Her Voice, Then Uses It To Sing About Stealing Pets and Moving to West Covina, California01/22/2018
    54:15
  48. 56.
    Reggie Osse Puts It Together01/15/2018
    51:37
  49. 57.
    Linda Holmes Leaves Law to Concentrate On Watching TV and It Works Out Great01/08/2018
    46:04
  50. 58.
    Rhett Miller Really Hates That Brass Cat01/02/2018
    48:17
  51. 59.
    Mike Brown Trains as an Engineer to Prepare for Comedy12/26/2017
    50:38
  52. 60.
    Janelle James Discovers She’s a Comedian and Not a Gardener12/18/2017
    42:31
  53. 61.
    Jenny Lawson is Very Fond of Creepy Smiling Dead Animals and Worries Quite a Bit12/11/2017
    51:21
  54. 62.
    The Holiday Coping Mechanism Spectacular12/04/2017
    1:01:06
  55. 63.
    Ana Marie Cox Is Not Really Edited Much At All11/27/2017
    1:22:54
  56. 64.
    Julie Klausner Builds a More Confident and Dumber Version of Herself For Our Amusement11/20/2017
    45:23
  57. 65.
    Jeff Tweedy Didn’t Want to Take His Doctor On Tour Because the Doctor Was Terrible11/13/2017
    55:19
  58. 66.
    Patti Harrison Figures Out Who She Is and She’s a Woman Who Likes Gross Jokes11/06/2017
    47:31
  59. 67.
    Gary Gulman Is a Brilliant Comedian and an Ineffective Offensive Lineman10/30/2017
    46:34
  60. 68.
    Aimee Mann Discovers That Having Feelings About Terrible Things Is Perfectly Fine10/23/2017
    50:34
  61. 69.
    John Green Falls Victim to Some Bad Fiction While Writing His New Book10/16/2017
    57:10
  62. 70.
    Neal Brennan Gives Ketamine and Magnetic Impulses a Try10/09/2017
    51:18
  63. 71.
    Margaret Cho Works Out A Lot And Makes People Upset In New Jersey10/02/2017
    41:49
  64. 72.
    Wil Wheaton Is Really Hoping It’s All Worth It09/25/2017
    49:38
  65. 73.
    Episode #PREVIEW: Season 2 starts Sept. 25!09/18/2017
    3:44
  66. 74.
    Episode #PLACEBO: Imagine Depression as a Person and Describe Them08/28/2017
    13:23
  67. 75.
    Episode #PLACEBO: How to Get Help08/15/2017
    23:58
  68. 76.
    Episode #PLACEBO: Hitting the Nail on the Head07/31/2017
    13:10
  69. 77.
    Episode #PLACEBO: John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats on where all that coping music comes from07/17/2017
    23:20
  70. 78.
    Episode #PLACEBO: The Things We Tell Ourselves That Help07/05/2017
    13:04
  71. 79.
    Episode #PLACEBO: Vol. 2 of Listeners’ Favorite Coping Songs06/19/2017
    21:52
  72. 80.
    Episode #PLACEBO: Listeners’ Favorite Coping Songs06/05/2017
    16:07
  73. 81.
    Episode #PLACEBO: Coping Ideas From a Real Live Sad Clown05/22/2017
    13:37
  74. 82.
    Episode #PLACEBO: A Conversation with Ana Marie Cox05/05/2017
    1:20:19
  75. 83.
    Episode #PLACEBO: Therapeutic Ukuleles, Therapeutic Penguins, Therapeutic Yarn04/24/2017
    18:35
  76. 84.
    Episode #PLACEBO: The Return of Peter Sagal04/10/2017
    11:39
  77. 85.
    Episode #PLACEBO: Bonus Episode of Terrible, Thanks for Asking to Celebrate #trypod03/27/2017
    41:38
  78. 86.
    Episode #PLACEBO: Billy Joel, Intrusive Thoughts Named Steve, and Nocturnal Carpentry03/13/2017
    17:57
  79. 87.
    Episode #9: Paul F. Tompkins Sees Dead Grass and Has Screwed Up Relationships02/06/2017
    53:59
  80. 88.
    Episode #8: Baron Vaughn and His Inadvisable All-Cheerio Diet01/30/2017
    45:41
  81. 89.
    Episode #7: Jen Kirkman, Bad Therapy, Good Therapy, and Nuclear Invasion01/23/2017
    42:53
  82. 90.
    Episode #6: Supershow! Eight Comedians! One Chronic Mental Illness!01/16/2017
    45:50
  83. 91.
    Episode #5: Andy Richter on Youthful Melancholy and Twisted Entertainers01/09/2017
    42:07
  84. 92.
    Episode #4: Dick Cavett Tells Tales of Hollywood’s Secret Shame01/02/2017
    34:59
  85. 93.
    Episode #3: Sam Grittner Finds a Funny Thing Happened On the Way to Suicide12/26/2016
    39:38
  86. 94.
    Episode #2: Maria Bamford Talks Bipolar II While Her Pugs Eat Nilla Wafers12/19/2016
    37:20
  87. 95.
    Episode #1: Peter Sagal Opens Up12/12/2016
    38:16
  88. 96.
    Episode #0: The Hilarious World of Depression — coming soon!11/30/2016
    3:47

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