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#1672: From Comedy To Advocacy | 51%

This week on 51% we highlight some favorites from our archives. Two comedians share their story; one is a disability advocate, the other a mental health advocate.

She was the only female comedian who stuttered in the stand-up comedy world when she began more than ten years ago. Nina G says that’s likely attributable to a society that is not inclusive or accessible to those who experience this disability. She details her struggles and triumphs in her memoir, “Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen.” Nina G says she wanted to be a comedian from an early age. She spoke with 51%’s Allison Dunne in September 2019 about how it all started.

Nina G. Photo courtesy of Nina G’s official website.

“Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen,” is published by She Writes Press. You can hear the full interview on episode #1576.

In the fall of 2019 I spoke with Jessica Holmes about her book “Depression The Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance.” Holmes is a comedian and writer. She has opened for comedians like Jerry Seinfeld and Ellen DeGeneres. After battling post-partum depression and “regular, run-of-the-mill, garden-variety depression,” Holmes began openly sharing her mental health story using humor. She says her work as a mental health advocate pushed her to intertwine comedy with a palatable conversation about depression.

Jessica Holmes. Photo courtesy of Holmes.

“Depression The Comedy: A Tale Of Perseverance,” is published by Page Two.  You can hear the full interview on episode #1577.

Thanks for joining us for this week’s 51%. I’m your guest host Elizabeth Hill. Thanks to Ian Pickus and Tina Renick for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.

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