The Gist looks at the relationship between comedy and mental health, and Richard Nixon.

Is Every Comedian but Jerry Seinfeld Seeing a Therapist These Days?

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Aug. 8 2014 6:24 PM

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It’s official. All comedians but Seinfeld are insane. (And maybe Seinfeld.)

Is every comedian but Jerry Seinfeld seeing a therapist?

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Listen to Episode 67 of Slate’s The Gist:


When Amy Solomon was growing up in Chicago, she was obsessed with Gilda Radner. She wanted to be a comedian but worried she didn’t have enough problems to talk about. For her Princeton senior thesis, Solomon explored the link between confessional comedy and mental health. In this special segment, Mike also speaks with comedians Sara Benincasa, Chris Gethard, and Gary Gulman about where they find balance. For the Spiel, the value of living through history.


Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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