The East Bay Express presents two evenings of interviews conducted by Paul Gilmartin, comedian and host of the highly praised podcast, Mental Illness Happy Hour. Each episode explores mental illness, trauma, addiction, and negative thinking.
“Top 10 podcast of 2016.” - Esquire
“Praised by listeners all over the world.” - Atlantic Monthly
“A perversely safe place in which he and his guests talk about their fears, addictions and traumatic childhoods.” - NY Times
Wednesday, August 2 with Seamus Kirst (buy tickets)
As the valedictorian of his high school class, Seamus appeared to be a high achieving, well adjusted teen. Yet, underneath the surface he was struggling immensely. By the time he walked the stage at 18, he had been to the ER twice for overdosing on pills, had been hospitalized multiple times for alcohol poisoning, and had completed in- and out-patient rehab programs for alcohol. The situation only accelerated at Brown University, where he abused a plethora of drugs, from Xanax to cocaine, while his alcohol abuse intensified. When he was 22, just after graduating college, he realized that he was going to die if he didn't stop drinking. He published his memoir, Shitfaced: Musings of a Former Drunk, in early 2017, and has written about mental health and substance abuse issues for Teen Vogue, Upworthy, Advocate.com, The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and his personal blog:
Thursday, August 3 with Carol Miller (buy tickets)
When she was 16 years old, Carol survived the airplane crash that killed her younger sister. When she was 19, her father told her he wished she had died in the wreck instead. This one-two punch of physical and emotional trauma was a recipe for PTSD; the flashbacks, dissociation, survivor guilt and immobilizing depression went untreated for another 20 years. During that time she lived like she was flatlining. She finally got help from a counselor trained in EMDR therapy, and began to let go of the twin beliefs that she didn’t deserve to be alive and that her sister’s death was all her fault. Her memoir about the plane crash and her therapy experience, Every Moment of a Fall, was published in 2016. She blogs about family, trauma and healing at:
More about your host, Paul Gilmartin
From 1995 to 2011 Paul Gilmartin co-hosted TBS’ Dinner and a Movie, and has been a stand-up comedian since 1987. His credits include Comedy Central Presents: Paul Gilmartin. Paul was thrilled to be diagnosed with clinical depression in 1999 because it meant he wasn’t just an asshole. By 2003, he realized he was still an asshole and an alcoholic. Since 2003 he has been sober, mostly happy, and a tiny bit less of an asshole.
Tickets are $15, $25 for both shows