How Comedy Got Depressed

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    Mental health doesn't immediately come to mind as the funniest thing in the world. So why are the funniest comedians today the ones who are open about their depression, anxiety, and every other mental health issue in between? Let's find out in this Wisecrack Edition on How Comedy Got Depressed.

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Shashikant Vishwakarma
Shashikant Vishwakarma

I need JP's view on this.

Vor 19 Stunden
Jeb Atman
Jeb Atman

Sarah Silverman was never funny

Vor Tag
Jeb Atman
Jeb Atman

The only two comedians worth a damn out right now - as far as I know - are Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr

Vor Tag
Jeb Atman
Jeb Atman

Also, talking about our personal issues is safe. We're not really allowed to talk about the outside world freely anymore #cancelculture

Vor Tag
Rosieee
Rosieee

idk sometimes getting constantly fed relatable depression memes kinda bums me out more after a while. Seeing how many people who are liking them because they relate to the same kind of sh*tty suffering, really makes me despair about the state of the world and the future generation. I get that it's a coping mechanism and makes people feel less alone in their struggles, raises awareness etc. But joking about it to the point where it's considered normal to stay in bed all day every day, ruminate negative thoughts, have low self worth & toxic behaviours; just trivialises debilitating illnesses, which is damaging af in the log run. This sh*t is unhealthy and shouldn't just be seen as self depreciating humour. People should really seek out help/support if it's accessible to them and not just get stuck in this negative echo chamber of sadness, thinking it's edgy humour and normal. Call me an "oversensitive kill joy" but I'm depressed so I kinda am lol

Vor 13 Tage
Klemen Kekec
Klemen Kekec

I disagree with this philosophy. Comedy doesn't need to be constructive to be worthwhile.

Vor 15 Tage
Kiyoshi Dickson
Kiyoshi Dickson

I mean, they're not allowed to talk about anything else, or 'certain groups' will come after them. So, they change the topic to something that's still relatable, won't get them fired, and, admittedly, really is a problem in modern society.

Vor 16 Tage
Emily Nelson
Emily Nelson

I've often considered the new mental health struggles and depressing situations in the comedy zeitgeist as an aspect of relatability and normalization (after 200,00 years mental illness genes gotta be in the majority of people, right?). But, I never really thought about it from the perfomers' pov and how self destruct their sets could potentially be (and after Robin Williams, you would think I would, right?). I remain at a cross roads between the ability to maybe shrug off and laugh off an experience or story, (bc, Hey! Everyone has been through struggles like awkward situations, low points, poorly handled interactions, occasionally illegal situations, etc., right? (And it's known that sometime people laugh out of awkwardness...)) and the possibility of not addressing a problem or situation that is really troubling you. There is a difference between telling a story after you've moved on and trying to play something that's hurt you as a joke. But when it is your job to just get laughs, it, unfortunately, doesn't really matter how you, personally, feel.

Vor 18 Tage
Dakota M
Dakota M

Another important note is that comedy helps society talk about taboo subjects. A decade ago suicide, depression, anxiety and mental health were dirty words that we refused to acknowledge. Now we are discussing if comedy is a healthy way to deal with mental health or if their are better ways to solve these problems. I have no doubt in my mind that comedians lead the charge on getting mental health out of taboo and into the limelight of a major health concern for society.

Vor 18 Tage
k c
k c

It's great that we're openly talking about this, destigmatizing this is wonderful & I gotta figure talking about it helps the speaker a little bit but it's no alternative to therapy

Vor 18 Tage
Emily Nelson
Emily Nelson

Shit....I absolutely wish there was a fajita chlone

Vor 18 Tage
loverrlee
loverrlee

Today I learned I actually owe all the credit for Big Comfy Couch to Gallagher 😂

Vor 21 Tag
loverrlee
loverrlee

We were just talking about this! Trying to find a good comedy now-a-days is like trying to find a clean pig in a mud puddle.

Vor 21 Tag
PIXEL
PIXEL

To quote The Joker: "I always thought my life was a tragedy but, I learned it's a comedy."

Vor 23 Tage
RM W.
RM W.

that nietzsche interpretation is absurd and easily disproven by his writing.

Vor 24 Tage
Armando Ramirez
Armando Ramirez

The episode where Frank, Charlie and Mac play a prank on Sweet D making her believe she is so funny and great because her stand up was all about depression, now that shit was funny.

Vor 25 Tage
Derek Krumel
Derek Krumel

Greg!

Vor 26 Tage
jg pliskin
jg pliskin

The ridge wallet is the best. I love a wallet easy to lose and small enough to fall out of my pocket

Vor 26 Tage
The Seph I am
The Seph I am

If this is the closest we’re going to get to having thug notes back I will take this because frankly, Greg, you have been missed. I really hope this means you’re coming back.

Vor 28 Tage
Keep Perspective
Keep Perspective

Oh his voice!

Vor 28 Tage
Freedoms_glory
Freedoms_glory

*laughs in military dark humor

Vor 29 Tage
Earwaxfire909
Earwaxfire909

19th century Germans were not well known for their comedy. Actually German comedy is a good source for comedy.

Vor Monat
gnbman
gnbman

1:38 Speaking of Mitch Hedberg, I wonder if he would still be with us today if he had been more willing (and encouraged) to confront his own obvious personal struggles.

Vor Monat
Taylor Bennett
Taylor Bennett

"philosophers as diverse as 3 dead white guys"

Vor Monat
Maya Bartholomew
Maya Bartholomew

Don’t be afraid of depressed comedy, dark humor is a cathartic way to let out our anger without hurting anyone.

Vor Monat
Jake A.
Jake A.

My dad said that this guy sounds like the actor who plays Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, and I gotta say he was pretty spot on XD

Vor Monat
Brendan Bloomberg
Brendan Bloomberg

Seems pretty gay to me.

Vor Monat
Andrew Duong
Andrew Duong

Same things that make us laugh, make us cry

Vor Monat
Faiz Shaikh
Faiz Shaikh

Ms pat is literal example of Nietzschian transformation, plus she's hilarious af.

Vor Monat
rianna robinson
rianna robinson

Comedy comes from a place of great pain. This is and has been known for years.

Vor Monat
Alisik S
Alisik S

Thank you for your detailed sourcing and citing - entertaining and informative:-)

Vor Monat
The Tagperson
The Tagperson

Would recommend “The Darkness” by Contrapoints. She covers this topic very well.

Vor Monat
Duncan Brennan
Duncan Brennan

I think the greatest part of comics talking openly about their own mental-health issues is it's easier to get help for it, if you can ID with someone who's out in public about it. It's NOT easy, just easier. It also keeps mental-health issues from living completely in the closet.

Vor Monat
Unsere Dreiwolf
Unsere Dreiwolf

Dr. Sparky Sweets took an alias and new identity. Want to know the lore of that.

Vor Monat
Hyung Kyu Lee
Hyung Kyu Lee

what white person directed you to sound like Bleeding Gums or is that how you really talk?

Vor Monat
Michael Moraga
Michael Moraga

Dave Chappelle is clearly responding to Nietzsche's challenge 💜

Vor Monat
KontraTon KAOS
KontraTon KAOS

why does he speak asymetrically?

Vor Monat
Carolina Taylor
Carolina Taylor

I miss thug notes

Vor Monat
LyleDeYounges
LyleDeYounges

Could you do one about gen Z and their humour? Perhaps I'm too depressed but I genuinely don't understand it, and I'm curious to know how it would be defined.

Vor Monat
Gonzalo Ivan Gil
Gonzalo Ivan Gil

Potently screamed delivery. Whenever I was failing to be convinced the extra phonetic harmonics and resonance would bounced me straight into accepting obidience.

Vor Monat
Carlos Diaz
Carlos Diaz

The death of comedy.

Vor Monat
archmad
archmad

comedies does not make you a better person, it's you made yourself a better person

Vor Monat
John Bell
John Bell

Most of these people aren’t very funny. I guess mental illness can be considered a trend in comedy but you’re wrong if you think it’s the future of comedy. Nothing will ever take the place of actually funny people who write good jokes that aren’t just based on how depressed they are. Basically none of these comedians will ever be considered great unless they branch out with their material. That’s why Dmitri Martin isn’t around anymore

Vor Monat
Hedgehog’s Dilemma
Hedgehog’s Dilemma

Greg!!! Missed you dude!!!

Vor Monat
The Observer
The Observer

Why is everybody depressed nowadays?

Vor Monat
Ariel Gladwell
Ariel Gladwell

I almost screamed when i saw Bert Kreisher

Vor Monat
Jared
Jared

Thanks this video really spoke to me. As someone who's suffered from anxiety and depression, Ive always had trouble relating to other people.

Vor Monat
Bruce Luiz
Bruce Luiz

Fighting what ills us and what WILL ills us more is very hard and damaging. Laughter should be used to alleviate the way but never to undo it. So have a few giggles here and there but do not forget to man the Guillotine. Those heads aint cutting themselves, yo

Vor Monat
Sara Mantilaro
Sara Mantilaro

......good video. But: only, like, 5 frames of hannah gadsby? Mhmmh

Vor Monat
Nightthought
Nightthought

I think there is a lot of people who use trauma as fuel. I think what matters is what kind of engine you put it in.

Vor Monat
AVV
AVV

Good video Time to go kill myself now lol

Vor Monat
Shiraj Baral
Shiraj Baral

welcome back greg. missed ya

Vor Monat
Thewestfist Poe
Thewestfist Poe

GREGG is my favorite Wisecrak host, I used to have so much fun with thug notes. I hope see him more around..

Vor Monat
Japanese Guacamole
Japanese Guacamole

Hm, I feel like it's just *american* comedy catching up to the British style of self-deprecating, oft macabre humor due to so many people struggling with anxiety, depression and the consistent stream of negative news all the time. It also felt like American comedy used to make fun of others, while British stand up would make fun of oneself.

Vor Monat
Shawn Wesley
Shawn Wesley

Instead of pinning the blame of unchecked mental health issues on how some people do comedy.... what if instead we were to ask "hey, why can't we just have people get the help they need?" You know, without the excessive expense and other hoops? Also, what if we dealt with the underlying systemic societal problems that have lead to what seems to be a massive increase on mental health issues in our modern times? But yeah, maybe you're right, and comedians aren't doing jokes right. That's the problem. Sure. I mean, comedy is a reflection of The Now, and so obviously there's going to be a huge amount of comedians who focus on the things that occupy the majority of their thoughts. Sort of the canary in the coalmine.

Vor Monat
James Stephenson
James Stephenson

What interests me is that the guy in the cubicle isn't being a dick, he's sick. Okay. There's still a social contract and it still has to be paramount. Take a rowing team, for instance, as an analogy for the sort of cooperative behaviors we rely on for a society (or even small tribe) to function. If Rower B isn't pulling their weight, then it doesn't really *matter* why. You aren't reaching your destination, or Rower A, C and D are having to work harder than they would have otherwise. Meanwhile, Rowers A, C and D (that just put in the extra effort to carry Rower B) may be sick too, or hurt or scared or anxious or whatever... because they're people and life is hard. Furthermore, the other rowers can't force Rower B to see or treat the real cause of their sickness... (Rower team HR won't allow signs of mental health to be asked about at all), they're not trained for dealing with mental illness and only the most emotionally altruistic have the energy to care in the first place. So, get your shit together Rower B, I don't know what else to tell you. I suppose the real issue is that societies can get by without 100% rower participation, so they do. If we still existed in small tribes and our primo hunter was stricken with illness, it'd be in our best interests to do everything we can to carry/heal/help him/her because without them we might starve come winter. Mental illness would've been pretty unlikely with our hunter, though, since their value as a person would've been concrete and obvious to them and everyone else. They control a lever that does something quantifiable. These days, not everyone can tell what their lever is attached to, if it's attached to anything at all.

Vor Monat
EL Barto 666
EL Barto 666

Hahaha

Vor Monat
NO Progress
NO Progress

this man is talking softly and yelling at the same time.

Vor Monat
Khandoker Taseen
Khandoker Taseen

watching it again just for ur voice

Vor Monat
Leather Games
Leather Games

One could argue that Gallagher himself is a form of depression.

Vor Monat
Random Name
Random Name

DUDE i love ur voice!!!

Vor 2 Monate
Lukas Paro
Lukas Paro

Greg!!!!!

Vor 2 Monate
Nat H
Nat H

Greg's voice cures eases my anxiety😌 please voice some audio books please🙏

Vor 2 Monate
Npc I'm knot
Npc I'm knot

In a way .. to rely on depression as your comedic bits = you have to stay depressed and get more depressed to find new material.. and i think thats the problem with new comedy.. and why , it isnt' funny.. there really are no 'greats recently.. there is no creativity.. just like how the female comedy always has to talk about her period.. its boring, and predictable. And it doesn't bring any new perspective.. i hate complain standup that has no goal.. but the comics that really commentated of society and satirical, it brings a new viewpoint .

Vor 2 Monate
Npc I'm knot
Npc I'm knot

New age comedy sucks. I dont think i can watch any new stand up these days..

Vor 2 Monate
Npc I'm knot
Npc I'm knot

It feels like comedy has become more narcissistic to be honest. And mental health depression has become the 'cool thing'.. vs comedy and mental health as coping mechanism and to uplift people while showing the humour in something so depressing.. tbh, i think humour recently is dying.. its not funny. It's meaningless.. and its just narcasssism.

Vor 2 Monate
Aldo Rdz
Aldo Rdz

Sarah Silverman is not even funny

Vor 2 Monate
Npc I'm knot
Npc I'm knot

OMGGGGG THUG NOTES!!!! Omg I mist that voice

Vor 2 Monate
Diego Gonzalez
Diego Gonzalez

Thank you wisecrack this video was really a helpful video.

Vor 2 Monate
Leon Bauer
Leon Bauer

Bonus points from the german audience for your correct pronounciation of Kant!

Vor 2 Monate
Evelien Heerens
Evelien Heerens

escapism has functional applications as well. it is not catagorically bad. Besides, you can escape into anything from substance abuse, working, television all the way into anorexia. Simply stating something is an escape is not a statement that holds information. Anything can be an escape. Consider this, what if this so called help one should seek, does not exist. Even in my country where mental healthcare is covered by insurance, mostly, the healthcare providers have financial incentives to only except patients whose problems are relatively simple. As soon as you have multiple diagnosis that have treatments that are contra-indicated by one of your other diagnosis, you get turned away everywhere. Or even just because your case is too complex. As soon as it is financially unattractive to let you in, you are screwed. Healthcare is a buyers market, there will always be plenty of people in need of care, supply and demand dictates that for maximum profit, many need to not be able to get help. You know, kind of like employment. I think saying people need to "get help" is ablist. You don't "get help" you acquire it, either because you qualify or because you have the resources to pay for it yourself. Resources that can cover like 200 bucks an hour btw. Kind of hard if you are not mentally healthy enough to function. So then, if we can't get help, what's left? We cope. We get through the day somehow and try to do the next thing again the next day. Often that requires the ability to occasionally escape the hell of our own minds. I don't know if comedy is better or worse then substance abuse, or if its better or worse then gaming or being a workaholic or playing fantasy roleplaying games or getting into kinky things or overeating or not eating at all. It kind of depends on the person which forms of escapism help them lead their best lives. Just remember that addiction is a symptom, not the disease.

Vor 2 Monate
ultradude54
ultradude54

Good golly, Greg has a great voice!

Vor 2 Monate
Kı vanç
Kı vanç

Hannah Gadsby!!! I can't believe the video did not mention her. Nannette was so popular and critically acclaimed for letting go of self-deprecative humor and needing to comfort the audience towards telling the reality of trauma and healing. I was further surprised not seeing a comment on Hannah, so here it is...

Vor 2 Monate
Oriana W.
Oriana W.

Ever heard of Doug Stanhope?hahha that's his entire bit.

Vor 2 Monate
Roman Patchell
Roman Patchell

Me: Huh, Pete Davidson, John Mulaney, Bo Burnham, Bill Hader, Patton Oswald. Funny how these are all comedians I love and relate to... Wonder why that is

Vor 2 Monate
AwesomeRaven
AwesomeRaven

Greg!!! It's always great to hear from you. I miss your thug notes SO MUCH!

Vor 2 Monate
Chris Tartarre
Chris Tartarre

"Killing yourself is alright, just don't curse." - Youtube censorship logic in a video about depression.

Vor 2 Monate
Readingwizard100
Readingwizard100

The researchers needs to look up Daniel Sloss, cause his comedy is so dark you have to laugh.

Vor 2 Monate
Henryguitar95
Henryguitar95

Great video

Vor 2 Monate
Majik Messiah
Majik Messiah

The belt fitting around his neck joke was about auto-erotic asphyxiation not suicide although it can easily turn into suicide.

Vor 2 Monate
Jdawgwatchr56
Jdawgwatchr56

I like Dark comedy stories. Mental health is NOT funny.

Vor 2 Monate
Bee Whistler
Bee Whistler

Gallagher. Was. Not. Funny. Great video though!

Vor 2 Monate
Hyuinn
Hyuinn

I'm having a really hard time trying to find fun on these comedians just get a psychiatrist damn it

Vor 2 Monate
thadrkalchemist
thadrkalchemist

Anyone else thinks my man sound like the Rollback version of Hannibal Buress?

Vor 2 Monate
jacqueline guevara
jacqueline guevara

there's a joke around here somewhere about them being sponsored for wallets with a money clip

Vor 2 Monate
Dice2k
Dice2k

you know whats funny is though out this whole video i didn't see Christopher Titus. He's a great comedian that fits in this category of comedy

Vor 2 Monate
Johnson Alex
Johnson Alex

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Vor 2 Monate
Ben Castle
Ben Castle

But doctor, I am Pagliacci.

Vor 2 Monate
Samruddhi Jadhav
Samruddhi Jadhav

The comedian at 8:42 is an Indian comic called Daniel Fernandez if anyone wants to check out his special its available on his YouTube channel. He is pretty funny.

Vor 2 Monate
Elisa Guevara
Elisa Guevara

People who can't joke about anxiety and depression. Or laugh at jokes about anxiety and depression. Have never had anxiety and depression.

Vor 2 Monate
omkar jadhav
omkar jadhav

are u idiot??

Vor Monat
Will Loveless
Will Loveless

🙌❤🙌❤🙌❤

Vor 2 Monate
sislegend
sislegend

Shooo, you guys provided a resource to help those in need both in the video & description ? I tip my hat to you fine individuals.

Vor 2 Monate
RheanKing
RheanKing

Laughter is often the best medicine. Then, one day, you stop laughing. It shouldn't ever replace therapy.

Vor 2 Monate
Daniel Hance
Daniel Hance

I once saw a cripple guy without the bottom half of his legs roll off of the bus as it was lifting him up, and when I saw the commotion and looked up to see his leg nubs kicking in the air, I started laughing hysterically. everyone on the bus was furious at me, but I realized right when I saw that, that Iwaould probably never see it again. fucking incongruity lol

Vor 2 Monate
Milubee
Milubee

we all need connection and authenticity. and comedy is such great place for that! i'm always in awe of those who are brave enough to do it!

Vor 2 Monate
Rocco Juniel
Rocco Juniel

That Bob Hope joke had me WEEEEAK😂

Vor 2 Monate
Phyrexian Juggernaut
Phyrexian Juggernaut

I love Greg. SparkySweets Phd has always had my back.

Vor 2 Monate
Uncle
Uncle

Man, I miss George Carlin.

Vor 2 Monate
Flash FM
Flash FM

10:35 Who is this ravishing beauty? 😍

Vor 2 Monate
Kornelija Zaicaitė
Kornelija Zaicaitė

B

Vor 2 Monate

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