44 episodes

Comedians and entertainers talk about their mental health and practice resilience skills. The world’s funniest people with the biggest feelings. We put the funk in dysfunction since 1865.

Mental Health Comedy Ed Crasnick & Jennifer Kolari

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

Comedians and entertainers talk about their mental health and practice resilience skills. The world’s funniest people with the biggest feelings. We put the funk in dysfunction since 1865.

    Barry Katz – The King of Calmedy

    Barry Katz – The King of Calmedy

    So Barry Katz has managed, produced and been in the comedy world for a long time. I could list his accomplishments, his podcast Industry Standard or a million other things he;s done. But what is so interesting, is his sense of calm. This is what has seen him through his career through many personal tragedies, through parenting and through relationships and emotional rollercoaster rides with so many comics who are world class talents. Jennifer takes us through 2 simple breathing techniques to actually keep calm and carry on. What really affected me and I’m sure if you listen, will affect you; is his stories about trusting his kids, helping people like Dane Cook who was down backstage as he was going out to perform in front of 20,000 people, reassuring his mom at age 4 after she lost her husband and his dad; that everything was going to be alright. Really good show. Not the greatest sound in the world, worth the trip, take the journey and join us! Find evefything Barry here: https://www.barrykatz.com/, everything Jennifer here: https://connectedparenting.com/ and when able please subscribe, share, follow, review, we appreciate anything and everything! Live streaming shows coming. Socialize! https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthcomedypodcast/ https://www.instagram.com/thementalhealthcomedypodcast/

    • 43 min
    Judy Gold – For Cryin’ Out Loud

    Judy Gold – For Cryin’ Out Loud

    I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. And that will be reflected in these delicious show notes. There’s only one Judy Gold. Emmy Award winning writer, Author of her latest book “Yes I Can Say That-when they come for comedians, we are all in trouble”, host of the KILL ME NOW podcast, now writing on Better Things, and a lot more. In addition to being sharply, brilliantly funny, she’s just a really interesting person. And leave it to me to take the funniest person in the world and make her talk about crying. In this episode, we talk about how she deals with expressing emotions and specifically; crying. Judy’s always been fearless on stage, but grew up with rules about emotions and beliefs about crying; showing weakness, giving in. Jennifer talks about how a lot of us, not me of course, but many of us are living from these programs we learned by the age of 7; that these programs and beliefs are still running our lives as adults. How do we identify this, and make new conscious choices; how do we question our thoughts? And of course, let’s not forget my favorite; Cortisol, and the addiction getting it through negative tv news, doom scrolling and so much more. Jennifer gives a skill you can use to make more room for emotions and release, how to simply connect with ourselves, takes two seconds. There are cycles of emotion, ebbs and flows, and in our culture, we are taught to resist, and block it. Judy and I also discuss our culture of reacting to celebrity news and celeb scandal, from Woody Allen to Michael Jackson, to the double standard that Trump can say whatever he wants, but when a comic makes a joke that offends someone, they should never be able to go on a stage again. A lot going on in this show. Good stuff, chunky and funky. Which shoukld have been a Ben & Jerry’s flavor, Chunky Funky. Listen to Judy on her podcast KILL ME NOW here: https://www.stitcher.com/show/kill-me-now-with-judy-gold, find her latest book here: https://www.amazon.com/Yes-Can-Say-That-Cant/dp/0062953753 and find skills, media, all kinds of support from Jennifer here: https://connectedparenting.com/ When able please subscribe, share, follow, review, we appreciate anything and everything! Live stream shows coming. Socialize! https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthcomedypodcast/ https://www.instagram.com/thementalhealthcomedypodcast/

    • 51 min
    Jimmy Pardo – Anticipatory Anxiety Party

    Jimmy Pardo – Anticipatory Anxiety Party

    Jimmy Pardo is never not funny (which is his podcast-and one of the most popular and longest running in the world). It’s a lot of fun talking with him and in this epsiode, Jimmy talks about anticipatory anxiety in going to parties, and I talk about the anxiety I feel of re-entering the world as we get back to living. Jennifer discusses how to use imagination to deal with and address all the things we worry about in the future. But one of my favorite things in the show, is that Jimmy’s son Oliver makes Mary Tyler Moore action figures and dioramas about the Office and Modern Romance. It is the coolest thing, and I will be taking orders and starting his company immediately. And what do we do about how kids feel, fears about Covid and getting used to being around each other again. Really fun show to listen to. Listen to Jimmy’s show here: https://www.nevernotfunny.com/ and find skills, media all kinds of support from Jennifer here: https://connectedparenting.com/ And please subscribe, share, follow, like, and share a review if you like the show. Live stream shows coming. https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthcomedypodcast/ https://www.instagram.com/thementalhealthcomedypodcast/

    • 46 min
    Mike Rowe – A Funny Thing

    Mike Rowe – A Funny Thing

    On this episode we explore everybody’s favorite topic REJECTION! It’s BYOE-Bring Your Own Emotions. Our guest is the great Mike Rowe. Mike has been a comic and a writer for a long time on shows like Futurama and Family Guy. He has a new book called “It’s A Funny Thing: How The Professional Comedy Business Made Me Fat and Bald.” Mike is funny, period. Anybody in comedy knows that. But he shares stories in this episode about dealing with panic attacks, fears and insecurities. He’s vulnerable and clear and direct about what goes on with him emotionally. I’ve known him a long time, but I learned a number of things I never knew and they are the things that a lot of comics think, but rarely share so openly. And Jennifer gives us some skills to use for dealing and healing through rejection and panic; which go great with either chicken or fish. Find Mike’s Book here: https://www.amazon.com/Its-Funny-Thing-Professional-Business/dp/1629336866

    Find more of Jennifer’s media, services, shows, books and more here: https://connectedparenting.com/ And please subscribe, share, follow, like, and share a review if you like the show. Live stream shows coming. https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthcomedypodcast/ https://www.instagram.com/thementalhealthcomedypodcast/

    • 45 min
    Steve Bluestein – Turn This Mother Out!

    Steve Bluestein – Turn This Mother Out!

    Steve is a veteran Comic, Writer, Playwright, Actor, Host and Author. Hos latest book “Point of Pines” is a serious journey into a very dark childhood with a mother who was a textbook narcissist and probably borderline personaity. In this epsiode; Steve talks about the experience of growing up with the abuse of being forced to agree with and believe the lies his mother told him about himself. Whatever his feeling told him, whatever the facts told him, his mom said were wrong; she had made up her own facts; alternate facts. It wasn’t until later in life that Steve found out truths about his mom from people that knew her well. Ultimately, Steve was able to forgive his mom and take care of her until she passed. Jennifer talks about forgiveness and self forgiveness and I do a quick impression of my mom, who was very compassionate; would have told him he was wonderful in a thick Boston accent and asked if anyone had any Sweet N’ Low? he comes from Chelsea Mass, where my mother grew up and we have many people in common. He’s done a lot of work on himself and has come to a much better place, making family from friends. Find connections to all of Steve’s work here: https://stevebluestein.biz/ and his new Youtube talk show Let Me Say This About That https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e60EoCklw_A

    Find more of Jennifer’s media, services, shows, books and more here: https://connectedparenting.com/ And please subscribe, share, follow, like, and share a review if you like the show. Live stream shows coming. https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthcomedypodcast/ https://www.instagram.com/thementalhealthcomedypodcast/

    • 49 min
    Steve Mason – Radiohead

    Steve Mason – Radiohead

    I loved talking to Steve. A real pleasure getting to know someone I’ve been a fan of for so many years or radio. So good when you get to know people behind their work. In this episode, we explore what it’s like to be bipolar, to be fully yourself on and off Mic. Steve has been one of the premiere voices in radio and media for many years; you hear him everyday on Mason & Ireland; the number 1 sports talk show in LA on ESPN Radio; and on The Culture Pop Podcast with our friend Sue Kolinsky; really great show with amazing guests like Michael Imperioli. Jennifer shares ideas on how to support someone who is bipolar, or really anyone dealing with a mental helath issue. We also talk about what it was like for Steve to “Come Out” on his show; and the risk, relief and support that he experienced. And Steve was a movie theater owner! So, lot’s of fun in discussing his comfort food movies; like The Godfather 1, II and 3. He’s interviewed every celebrity and athlete in the world over the last 25+ years. What’s the best advice he every received? It came from the actor James Cromwell and he uses the advice every day; it’s about thinking and persepctive. This really is a good reminder about the power of radio, connecting with an audience and learning to connect with yourself. A great listen!

    Find everything Steve here: https://stevemason.com/ including The Culture Pop Podcast with Steve Mason and Sue Kolinsky! Find out more about Jennifer, media, services, skills here: https://connectedparenting.com/ and let’s get social here: https://www.facebook.com/mentalhealthcomedypodcast/ https://www.instagram.com/thementalhealthcomedypodcast/

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

R2-d2 better-8 ,

Should have more reviews

Great

Connor Kwiecien ,

One of my favorites

This podcast has it two of my favorite things: comedy and education. While I love to laugh, the fact that I’m able to learn and take away techniques and practices to better my own mental health makes this podcast a great listen that literally helps me feel better

FastTwitchMedia ,

Serious topic . . .

. . . delivered in a fun, helpful way. Co-hosts Crasnick and Kolari go deep on the stuff that bothers us and I can relate to them. Its non-clinical, they have a sense of humor about it and its extremely practical and helpful information. I subscribed immediately.

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