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Mental As Anyone

A podcast to promote and raise awareness of mental health issues in comedians and entertainers by exploring views on mental health (from personal experience, or observations of peers and loved ones, or society in general).
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Now displaying: June, 2016
Jun 28, 2016

Interview with Melbourne Comedian Mimi Shaheen, who first performed comedy on Valentine’s Day this year, and is off to an impressive start so far.  She performed her second gig in front of a large crowd at the Comic’s Lounge (which was a milestone as she'd frequented the venue as a punter from the age of 15).  Mimi has always loved comedy: she received various comedic theatre roles in high school (which earned her a spot at the Victorian College of the Arts), and has a very dark sense of humour.  Mimi had TWO gigs at the Comic’s Lounge this week, and will be performing at Yes All Women on 6 July, and Funny At The Brunny on 18 July.

We discuss: The adventure of comedy speed dating in December 2015 which in a roundabout way led Mimi to attend the Comic’s Lounge workshop group, putting in lots of open-mic hours, the past pains which brought about her dark taste in comedy, comedy goals and wanting to “eat it alive”, Mimi’s experiences as a Social Worker/Family Worker, immigrating from Syria as a child and the challenges of fitting in, how bullying and other traumas have shaped her work so that she is a strong advocate for children, inter-generational problems and other issues in her work, Mimi’s techniques to maintain a healthy work-life balance, managing temper, Mimi’s super power, and her message of finding a way to laugh as it will assist with coping.

Jun 20, 2016

Interview with Melbourne Comedian Anthony Jeannot, who has been doing comedy for 7 years and has a few MICF shows under his belt.  His 2016 festival show, Rage Against The Man Child was reviewed as “intelligent and insightful” (Herald Sun) and “funny, sweet, uplifting” (Squirrel Comedy).

We discuss: Anthony’s period of anxiety following graduation from university 2 years ago, how the anxiety affected him in regard to job duration, lack of confidence and feeling overwhelmed, how Anthony started dealing with it differently once the anxiety was pointed out to him, acceptance and managing perfectionism, vicarious learning from seeing the people he admires not always getting things right, rewarding himself for getting on stage – regardless of performance, never wanting to be the “tone deaf” comic who cannot try new material, dealing with being constantly evaluated, meditating for wellbeing, “lego blocking” what works for him, Anthony’s passion for sharing ideas, super powers, and his messages of the importance of talking to people and treating wellbeing as an outcome to be evaluated – it’s just as important and valuable as evaluating other areas of your life and leads to greater insight and awareness.

Oh, and I forgot to thank Peaches at the start, so … Thank you Peaches.

Jun 10, 2016

Interview with Actor/TV Show Host/Producer Andy Nolch, who has been making The Kink TV show for 1.5 years (watch it on Fridays at 11.30pm on Channel 31). The Kink is a late night comedy TV show, in the style of Letterman or Rove Live.  Andy has always enjoyed comedy and found a way into television, funnily enough, via a job he held in a plumbing store.

We discuss: how The Kink TV show evolved, comparisons to Tom Green, the catharsis of podcasting, Andy’s depression which started in the later years of high school, attempting university and a postal job before taking time out to do what he loves, trying various methods to deal with depression, the side effects of anti-depressants, discovering Scientology, learning how to learn, starting a business, Naturopathy and other activities/techniques that helped Andy, Andy’s super powers, The Celestine Prophecy (by James Redfield), the benefits of gems, and Andy’s message that you can cure your mental health issues by taking one step at a time.

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