• Comedy saved me at my lowest point: Project UROK founder Jenny Jaffe helps teens deal with depression, suicidal thoughts

    Comedian Jenny Jaffe’s childhood was anything but comical. During her high school years, she was diagnosed with a multitude of mental illnesses, which included her having extreme anxiety, OCD and suicidal thoughts. “It wasn’t something I talked to really anybody in my life about,” Jaffe, 24, tells Laughspin. “There was this long uphill battle. But, then the hill got less steep.” After years of therapy and pursuing her love of comedy through

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    Minneapolis comedian Bill Young dies but won’t be forgotten by supportive Twin Cities comedy community (Essay)

    We just lost a dear friend of the Minneapolis/St. Paul comedy scene. He passed away sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning. This was the second huge death the scene has had in less than two weeks and we are beyond devastated. The entire landscape of our community has changed. Bill Young was the nicest and funniest person that ever lived. This is not an exaggeration. Bill was a great

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    Wayne Brady reveals depression battle: You don’t want to move in the complete darkness (Video)

    In yet another reminder that depression can greatly affect anyone – regardless of success or fame – comedian, actor and Let’s Make A Deal host Wayne Brady has revealed he has battled depression most of his life and hit rock bottom last June on his 42nd birthday. “I was by myself, in my bedroom and I had a complete breakdown…Just imagine for yourself a man in underwear in his room

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    Interview: Diagnosis, Maria Bamford

    “It’s so hard to get an intervention when people don’t think you have any problems,” stand-up comic Maria Bamford complains as she tells me about her love of reality shows like Intervention and Confessions: Animal Hoarding. “Would somebody just please meet me at a Best Western conference room and take me in a van to Florida so I can talk about my feelings for 90 days?” Bamford is known for

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