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Join Tawny Platis, Sam Peterson, and their guests as they use stories, friendship, and lots of really dark jokes to cope with grief, loss, and trauma. Learn more at DeathIsHilarious.com For more information visit deathishilarious.com

Death Is Hilarious Tawny Platis

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 336 Ratings

Join Tawny Platis, Sam Peterson, and their guests as they use stories, friendship, and lots of really dark jokes to cope with grief, loss, and trauma. Learn more at DeathIsHilarious.com For more information visit deathishilarious.com

    Interview with JC Coccoli: A Comedian in Grief

    Interview with JC Coccoli: A Comedian in Grief

    In this episode, I sat down with comedian JC Coccoli, who you may recognize from shows like “A Comedian in Grief,” “Why” with Hannibal Buress, “Key and Peele,” “Chelsea Lately,” and “Last Comic Standing” to talk about

    - losing her sister to an accidental fentanyl overdose at 34 years old while she was on tour and how difficult it was to write jokes
    - how this was her first real brush with mortality and delving into meditation and sci-fi
    - suffering from poor health during grief and how much luck has to do with survival
    - what led her to create the special “A Comedian in Grief"
    - why the stigma around comedians being unwell isn’t necessarily true and how comedians are philosophers in their own right
    - how comedy helps us process the pain and the anger that comes along with grief
    - taking opposite action
    - the abandonment and secondary losses we experience from those who can’t handle our grief
    - loving addicts without judgement
    - driving around with Dan Levy (creator of Schitt’s Creek), listening to Sia and how he was there for her
    - finding comfort in spirituality, living in the moment, and why we don’t talk about loss and grief.

    JC will be performing at Kingfly in Pittsburgh PA at 8:00 pm June 11

    For more information about Death Is Hilarious, visit deathishilarious.com To get in touch, email deathishilarious@gmail.com. You can support the podcast by subscribing, becoming a patron at patreon.com/deathishilarious, or by simply sharing the show with your friends and on social media.

    • 42 min
    Widow Shame + Not Over Yet: With Tawny & Sam

    Widow Shame + Not Over Yet: With Tawny & Sam

    First, Tawny drunk posts on her IG stories, why she has ten hoodies that say mutherfckr on them, wanking while depressed, what it means to be experienced “adjacent” when you marry a troublemaker, how widows are shamed regardless of what they do or don’t do, comedy is performative and hyperbolic, dating men who are way out of her league, figuring out that 30 is old, and why going through perimenopause so young is a good thing.

    After the commercial, we chat about this week’s Traumology forecast featuring Tammy the Taurus, the Virgo Mary, and Lauren the Taurus

    Then, Sam talks about meeting up with friends again, how they cracked the code to get their domestic chickens to be cuddly, pinata parties, acquaintance fairs, 6 post-isolation observations, what it’s like getting crushes at 30+, and why their dog says you can’t hang out with them.

    Sam is part of a virtual art show pop up event with a dj and cocktail and mocktail tutorials on June 6th. Tickets are just $10 and automatically enter you to win prizes like coffee, jewelry, Sam’s art, a psychic reading, and more! Find them on IG @pixelpopup

    For more information about Death Is Hilarious, visit deathishilarious.com To get in touch, email deathishilarious@gmail.com. The best way you can support the podcast is by simply sharing the show with your friends and on social media and by subscribing on your favorite app. And of course we’d also love it if you joined us at Patreon.com/deathishilarious.

    • 42 min
    Snapshots After Loss: Interview with Gracelyn Bateman

    Snapshots After Loss: Interview with Gracelyn Bateman

    In this episode, I spoke with Gracelyn Bateman, one half of Luna Peak, a foundation focused on creating books and products that elevate the stories of survivors in the grief and cancer communities, celebrate life, and give back.

    Gracelyn can also be seen on the foundation’s Instagram account, Snapshots of Life After Loss, which showcases authentic and often humorous grief perspectives.

    We chatted about the 5 year anniversary of when Gracelyn suddenly lost her dad, how she’s using her masters degree in sociology from Columbia to study the grief process, her professional opinion on using dark humor to cope, Luna Peak’s “The Grief Workbook” (a silly way to unpack your grief, reflective prompts funeral week bingo, loss word puzzle, and word search for condolences), how nerve wracking it was to step into the grief space, what it was like posting funny memes about grief on Instagram, the importance of representation and multiculturalism in grieving spaces, why we need to share our grief to open the door to broader conversations about coping mechanisms, how often grievers are silenced for laughing, surrounding yourself with people who understand, and the awkwardness of telling the cashier at REI your dad is dead.

    For more information about Death Is Hilarious, visit deathishilarious.com To get in touch, email deathishilarious@gmail.com. You can support the podcast by subscribing, becoming a patron at patreon.com/deathishilarious, or by simply sharing the show with your friends and on social media.

    • 31 min
    Anniversary Special: Best Moments From the Year

    Anniversary Special: Best Moments From the Year

    *If you're new to the show, this is a great place to start! *

    I’ve been creating the podcast Death Is Hilarious for a year now. If you’re new to the podcast, It’s a show that explores how we as comedians and creatives use comedy and dark humor to cope with grief through storytelling and jokes. In some episodes, I interview other artists and entertainers - and in other episodes, my creative collaborator, Sam Peterson and I, read each other funny letters we’ve written about trauma and loss in what I call “comedy routines masquerading as correspondence.” All together, I’ve produced over 100 podcast episodes to date. So in honor of all of this and many other milestones I mention in the show, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite moments from the past 35 episodes that have given me hope, perspective, and laughter.

    This episode features Michael Drane (professor at Antioch University and host of Unpopular Culture Podcast), stand-up comedians Glen Tickle ("Good Grief") and Rich Kiamco (Bravo’s "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy," Netflix/Buzzfeed’s “Follow This,” and the Broadway Comedy Club), Actress and author Reagan J. Pasternak (HBO’s “Sharp Objects”, Syfy's “Wynonna Earp,” Netflix/HULU/HBO’s “Being Erica”, BET’s “Ms. Pat," and "Griffin's Heart: Mourning Your Pet With No Apologies - A Memoir, Healing Journal, and Keepsake"), Shyni (Lipstick Laundry Podcast), and Lisa Keefauver (MSW and host of the podcast "Grief is a Sneaky B!tch").

    For more information about Death Is Hilarious, visit deathishilarious.com To get in touch, email deathishilarious@gmail.com. You can support the podcast by subscribing, becoming a patron at patreon.com/deathishilarious, or by simply sharing the show with your friends and on social media.

    • 42 min
    Where's the Grief? Interview With Comedian Jordon Ferber

    Where's the Grief? Interview With Comedian Jordon Ferber

    In this episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jordon Ferber, stand-up comedian from New York who has performed at Carolines, the Gotham Comedy club, Madison Square Garden, and on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He’s also the creator of the podcast “Where’s The Grief?” where he interviews other comedians and creatives about the tragic losses they’ve experienced. Jordon and I talked about how he coped as a comedian when his brother passed away in a car accident at the age of 21, his work facilitating a siblings group with the Manhattan chapter of Compassionate Friends, what kind of cake his brother would have wanted at his funeral, and the kind of people who make jokes when grieving.
    For more information about Death Is Hilarious, visit deathishilarious.com To get in touch, email deathishilarious@gmail.com. You can support the podcast by subscribing, becoming a patron at patreon.com/deathishilarious, or by simply sharing the show with your friends and on social media.

    • 34 min
    Grief in Comedy: Interview With Stand-Up Comedian Chris Calogero

    Grief in Comedy: Interview With Stand-Up Comedian Chris Calogero

    Today my guest is Chris Calogero, a standup comedian from New Jersey who lives in Brooklyn and has been featured in the “NY Times,” “Funny or Die,” “Paste Magazine,” and “Good Morning America Day.” Chris is also the host of the podcast “Mourning Coffee,” where he interviews other comedians about their experiences with grief—how it affects their personal lives as well as their comedy.

    We talk about Chris’ initial reaction of “I don’t know if I can ever do comedy again,” to doing a set with dark and heavy punchlines and discovering that stand-up just might be the way he is able to make his way through the grief, how comedians aren’t well, how the impulse to do comedy seems hard to break unless you decide to become embittered and entitled by it, needing the audience to know that you’re ok and won’t break down on stage, why we share about our grief publicly, how lonely grief makes you feel, toxic positivity, how getting laughs on stage is validating where relatability is concerned, then conversely when relatability doesn’t matter when it comes to quality, how we’re watching many of our fellow millennials turn into angry old boomers who hate the younger generation, how comedians dig in their heels when it comes to change, how 28 might as well be as old as 70, the intoxicating feeling of superiority, our favorite grief jokes, and how people think you aren’t allowed to experience joy while grieving.

    For more information about Death Is Hilarious, visit deathishilarious.com To get in touch, email deathishilarious@gmail.com. You can support the podcast by subscribing, becoming a patron at patreon.com/deathishilarious, or by simply sharing the show with your friends and on social media.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
336 Ratings

336 Ratings

GramercyTree ,

Death and non-death related grief

Tawny’s way of healing using comedy reached me immediately upon hearing the first podcast. Her organic, primal and genuine style landed squarely where I needed comfort and nurturing unbeknownst to me. My grief relates not only to parents who have died but also caring for a 30-year-old son with severe disabilities which feels paralyzing in my inability to find medical solutions for him . The grief never lessens.

I enjoy the energy with Sam, the guests and also feel privileged to be able to hear the past podcasts with her beloved George. I am grateful to you all, living and not living, for the community you’ve created.

Liz

Kp1957 ,

Thank you!

Been dealing with more death in the past few years. Kind of goes along with getting older. Yours is such a fresh take on a horrible subject, it makes it almost bearable. Thank you.

SFC B 1971 ,

Was once for me

I really appreciated the original show before the unfortunate loss of her husband. But the show moved in a direction that just isn’t for me now. I originally started listening for the history stories you normally don’t hear about.

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