Comedian Tom Papa on stand-up in the ’90s, Jerry Seinfeld, and cracking jokes at Minnesota Public Radio’s Live From Here.

Comedians Turn Anxiety and Depression Into Laughs, Right? Not Necessarily.

Comedians Turn Anxiety and Depression Into Laughs, Right? Not Necessarily.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 8 2018 7:51 PM

Comedians Can Be Well-Adjusted, Too         

Very few comics have never been to therapy. Tom Papa is one of them.

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Comedian Tom Papa performs at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.

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Very few comedians have never been to therapy. Jerry Seinfeld is one. Tom Papa is another. Papa tells us about cracking jokes at Minnesota Public Radio’s Live From Here and his new book, Your Dad Stole My Rake: And Other Family Dilemmas.

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