When my husband died in November 2019 from a respiratory disease, I felt extreme anxiety, fear, loneliness, depression, and isolation. To cope, I immediately turned to dark comedy. It was what my husband and I had used throughout most of his illness to make the tough times bearable. Now, I want to share this coping skill with you on my podcast, Death Is Hilarious. Join me, Tawny Platis, my co-host Sam Peterson, and our guests as we talk about using stories, friendship, and lots of really dark jokes to cope with grief, loss, and trauma. For more information and to listen now, visit deathishilarious.com
Interview With Comedian Mimi Hayes
In this episode, Tawny sat down to chat with Mimi Hayes. Mimi Hayes is the author of "I'll Be OK, It's Just a Hole in My Head (A Memoir On Heartbreak and Head Trauma)."
She’s also a comedian, podcaster, and brain hemorrhage survivor. Mimi talks about dumping her trauma on other humans during stand-up, a nurse with the most abrupt bedside manner in the world, having a field day with a bleeding brain, using humor to avoid reality, fighting for her life, and how friends and family change during trauma.
“I have grown up with a permanent smile on my face. And then I had a brain hemorrhage. And I smiled some more. I smiled more because smiling makes you laugh. And when you laugh, you forget for a second that your brain is actually bleeding which makes absolutely no sense. Humor has always been and will always be my defense mechanism. I don't claim to know much, but I do know this: If you can survive a brain surgery with your sense of humor intact, it's a job well done.” - Mimi Hayes
Learn more about Mimi by visiting MimiHayes.com
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"A Dirty Bit: RBG + Sarah Grimké" & "Goo:" With Tawny and Sam
In this episode created just before our RBG movie night, Tawny revisits The Dirty Bits and talks about the woman who inspired Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s quote, “I ask no favor for my sex; all I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks” while Sami talks about the goo that goes on and comes out of your body. Get the rest of the show notes and learn more at DeathIsHilarious.com
"Widow Jokes" and "Bi Panic:" With Tawny and Sam
Episode 11: "So you know the Gay Agenda? Well, now get ready for the Bitenerary." - Sam -Tawny talks about widow humor, making things awkward, her emotional service dog going on strike, and canceling her dead husband's phone line. Sam presents a series of bi observations, including danger noodles and polyamory. Get the rest of the show notes and learn more at DeathIsHilarious.com
"Exes and Crosses" and "Hysteria:" With Tawny and Sam
In this episode, Sam talks about their experience with a love triangle in the evangelical church, scheduling panic attacks, and emotional discipline. Tawny shares about a recent hospital stay with "Dr. Dude." Learn more and get in touch at DeathIsHilarious.com - DeathIsHilarious@gmail.com
Interview: "Widow We Do Now?" With Anita and Mel
In this episode, I (Tawny) chatted with Anita and Mel from the podcast Widow We Do Now?, the show that addresses topics related to grief, death, bereavement, and moving forward through the inescapable pitfalls of young widowhood. And it’s funny too! We talked about podcasting being a great platform for teaching and healing, learning from other people’s grief, normalizing the different ways we grieve and normalizing mental health through social media, and creating communities for people who feel like they have to grieve a certain way. You can listen to their show now on apple podcasts. For information about Death is Hilarious, visit deathishilarious.com
To get in touch, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can support the podcast by becoming a patron, at patreon.com/deathishilarious. Thanks for listening!
"Alien" and "Wid-hoe'd:" With Tawny and Sam
Note: This was recorded a few days before Tawny was admitted to the hospital with what she thought was a kidney issue. She's home now, doing well, and will give a happy update on next week's episode! Thank you so much for your kind understanding - Get the show notes at DeathIsHilarious.com - Get in touch by emailing DeathIsHilarious@gmail.com - Instagram @death_is_hilarious - Twitter @thatdeathpod
Customer ReviewsSee All
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.
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.
I am OVERAWED at your wisdom, integrity and soul searing honesty in your grieving. Taking care of YOU is all you need to do for as long as you need to do it. Speaking your truth to those who have lived with the conventions of polite society is the best gift you can give your listeners. Thanks!
I will continue to listen... unconditionally. ( Al 71)