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Maria Bamford Candidly Explains Her Mental Health Struggles on 'Modern Comedian'

Scott Moran released a new episode of his documentary series Modern Comedian today focusing on standup Maria Bamford, who opens up at length about her struggles with bipolar disorder and the time she had to check herself into a psychiatric ward. It's a powerful, fantastic episode that's well worth the watch, from Bamford's walkthrough of her favorite website CrazyMeds.us to several mentions of her love for Diet Coke. (via The Comedy Bureau)

Will Ferrell Is Disgustingly Well-Adjusted

The darkest things about Will Ferrell in this profile are that Joan Rivers accused him of being rude once and that he doesn't love Chihuahuas. Also that sometimes his pants and shoes don't match. Honestly, it is shocking that any human being could be this untroubled, let alone one in comedy. "I just make a decision and go and feel good about it," he says of his choice to star in Casa de Mi Padre. Right! Of course! That's what we all do! Who said anything about agonizing for days over the smallest decisions, going back and forth a thousand times and then obsessing for months afterward, plagued [...]

Science Confirms That Comedians Are Psychotic

In one of the most obvious findings ever, a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry has confirmed that comedians possess more psychotic characteristics compared to their non-comedian peers. The researchers asked 523 comedians from Australia, Britain, and the U.S. to complete an online questionnaire designed to measure levels of four psychotic traits — "unusual experiences," "cognitive disorganization," "introvertive anhedonia," and "impulsive non-conformity." Unsurprisingly, the comedians ranked high in their levels of all four psychotic behavior indicators. From the study:

"The creative elements needed to produce humor are strikingly similar to those characterizing the cognitive style of people with psychosis – both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder," said Gordon [...]

The Uneasy Relationship Between Mental Illness and Comedy

I had to take a Xanax to write this article. My anxiety makes it hard to start; my depression and self-doubt make it hard to come to any conclusion. And so, in classic neurotic fashion, I begin with skepticism:

“Are you SERIOUS?" Marc Maron asked me, presumably rhetorically, upon hearing my reason for calling him. I don’t think he was trying to be mean. It seemed like genuine disbelief.

I told him that I was. That I believed — in the face of countless evidence to the contrary — that mental illness was an obstacle to good comedy and not a tool for its deployment. That there exists a [...]