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The Hilarious World of Depression

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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 ... more


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It's tempting to try to look for a reason why Joel Kim Booster, ordinarily a very funny and engaging person, feels dead inside, trapped in a persistent depressive state. His father recently died of COVID. The two hadn't been very close (Joel's dad wa... more

2 years ago

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 tha... more

3 years ago

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 contin... more

3 years ago


4.8 out of 5 stars from 4.9k ratings
  • Thank You

    I loved The Hilarious World of Depression, and found the first episode of Depresh Mode surprisingly powerful. I heard myself in Joel Kim Booster. Yet, I also found myself trying to give him hope. When he said that he didn’t think his joke writing spark would ever return, I actually said out loud, “You don’t know”. I surprised myself with that. Simply put, it was relatable and engaging. I find tremendous value in that, and I hope there’s more to come!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago

    A few of the episodes turn out to have helpful suicide tips. I’m sure they don’t mean to. But unfortunately I can’t unlearn these tips. Maybe not a good listen if you’re in the thick of it.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • ❤️

    SO excited about depresh mode!!!! I can’t believe they canceled this one but thank god for John Moe and his team!!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago
  • Beautiful, funny, intelligent, self aware

    A refreshing look at depression that humanizes and normalizes the experience. I wish NPR would reboot this show.

    Apple Podcasts
    Alex J ✨
    United States2 years ago
  • So glad I discovered this podcast

    Listen it to it, it will make you feel less alone in your depression. Plus, it will make you laugh and we know laughter is the beat medicine

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 years ago

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