Comedians Tackling Depression & Anxiety Makes Us Feel Seen | Laughing Matters | Documentary

Comedians Tackling Depression & Anxiety Makes Us Feel Seen | Laughing Matters | Documentary



  • Ame Ra

    Who TF disliked this?!

  • joe

    1:33 why is there this shot??

  • Audrey Chism

    This is a fantastic channel!! Also…Rainn Wilson, please do a colaboración with hot ones!!

  • Chase

    this was very well done.

  • Jack Warburton

    really expected to hear nick mullen shouting 'release the ff7 remake or i'll kill myself', dissapointed

  • No Budget Shorts

    Thank you for making this heartfelt documentary and making me feel less alone.

  • NewsFromNY

    Rachel Bloom is so amazing I can't even (Maya's voice)

  • Hailey Rafferty

    You can't be self aware and happy. they don't mix

  • Jessica Lynne

    Comedians I don’t recognize? I love stand up and none of these second rate cheap on your budget “comedians” matter to me lmao.

  • Craig Candor

    I'm a cynic on this topic. I don't think these folks are depressed, I think they're (clinical?) narcissists who relentlessly protect their egos by appealing to depression (a mysterious brain imbalance which can't be objectively shown via lab work), rather than change their selfish behavior. Do you really think these folks succeeded in life because they so desperately wanted to bring joy to others? Think about that, possibly the most selfish people in the world (in their need for constant attention) have convinced you (and themselves) that they're actually super selfless. Now that is genuine comedy. Look, all things are in a state of consuming or being consumed. If you leave the tiniest particle alone unrestrained, it will eventually pull all things into its orbit until its a sun. This isn't just true in physics, it's also true in biology. Cells are selfish and each human is a giant conglomeration of relentlessly selfish cells. Don't let celebs fool you. They consumed all the attention in their path towards fame. While you were just trying to make an honest living at some crappy 9 to 5, and holding back some of your thoughts/feelings/emotions out of politeness for others around you, celebs were monstrous beasts consuming and soaking up all the energy in every room they've been in. I'm not anti-celeb, but don't try to convince us your motives were for the sake of humanity.

  • Yoshi Stoner

    Do you wanna know how relatable this is? I'm only keeping myself alive to ensure my kid grows up to be more than a decent human being. I don't want a motherless child but living is basically slowly dying. Im out of words but I'm sure y'all know what I mean.

  • Blacksnyder

    Anna Akana is a comedian?

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  • Mister Matty

    So the message is not use comedy isn't a replacement for therapy. What about when therapy never worked. What then?

  • Maddie Evette

    I started crying at the end. This video is amazing. I understand why this was only 30 minutes but I would have loved it to be an hour or so to hear more from everyone. Thank you for this 💜

  • Patrick Diprimo

    It's interesting growing up loving and relating to comedy and not knowing why…..seeing the reality of the connection to my depression is really crazy.

    I also like this documentary because it shows money doesn't solve mental issues. Brennan and Wilson are millionaires, but no amount of money can fix mental issues quickly.

  • Patrick Diprimo

    I really related to the part where they say comedy is not the solution to depression oh, it's just a temporary high or a temporary savior. I can very much relate to that with my music career. Being on stage and Performing and writing music I thought would help get my depression out… It didn't oh, and the best thing I ever did was quit playing and move on to find my real self. It definitely wasn't extremely hard choice to make, and one that unfortunately I saw a lot of my fellow depressed musicians not make.

  • hakayma

    well made video

  • Matthew Aughey

    who's chopping onions?

  • Cali Anon

    Also anxiety and depression are hereditary — so like maybe think about that before you procreate?!.. just a thought.

  • Cali Anon

    I have energy to walk to the store after this, thank you for that.

  • LurkMoarPlebs 9819

    Comedian but see Asa Akira

  • .m.

    the only certainty i've come to realize in my life is that existence simply isn't for me. what the world expects of me socially, financially, socio-economically, and psychologically is something i'll never achieve.

  • .m.

    robin williams' depression was pretty evident in the roles he chose to play. good will hunting, dead poets society, patch adams… they were all very introspective, outsider roles about empathy and recognizing something more than what everybody else saw. those who don't have depression probably won't see it, but those who do will definitely see themselves in those characters.

  • happycallan

    love u endlessly soul pancake team

  • Nadacha

    I’m glad this was in my recommended

  • Madame Kidd

    I've been having one of the most difficult months of my life, but watching this made me feel connected and a little bit better despite my struggles. I'm a recovering alcoholic who has been suffering with depression for a long time. Last week, I almost ran out into the middle of a busy highway to end it, but in realizing how hurt my loved ones would be, I stopped myself. This saved me and made me feel like I'm not alone in this.

  • Gremlin Girl

    This is everything! I can't express how meaningful this is!

  • Suededogs

    Kinnison didnt kill himself . He was in a car accident.

  • James Catchot

    Just here to catch the name of the hot one. Got it, Anna Akana.

  • kungfukitten77

    I feel both validated and irrelevant at the same time. Thank you for making this.

  • Alec Newman

    "taking drugs by myself and drinking all the time" yeah pretty much.

  • Gerald VonGustav

    Ok but what if I don't want to rape children and drink their blood??

  • Ashley Hyatt

    Stephen Fry has an excellent 2006 documentary about this. I strongly recommend those interested in this subject, take a look at it.

  • Sunny V

    Can't thank these brilliant people enough… Made me realise a lot… Just thank you…

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  • TheVaultdweller

    10:32 So true

  • Megan May

    This was lovely. SoulPancake is always so profound. I only wish you would have got Maria Bamford in on this, she could have really contributed. Beautiful, nonetheless.

  • SuperOdd

    We need to keep talking about it, like Anna said sometimes all it takes is someone last effort trying to watch a video and that convinces them otherwise. It needs to become a regular topic in conversation, we need to bring attention without normalizing it. Seriously incredible work and I this was a such a beautiful film but oh man when Chris was talking about his dad….ohhh. I need to talk to mine.

  • Mike Mercury

    R.I.P Robin Williams

  • Paul B

    We hate to lose comediens realy.

  • Rhichever

    I've always been the outgoing and jokester of my friend groups and everything the comedians in this documentary said is incredibly relatable. For some reason, when you're the funny guy you incorrectly assume laughter and humor is the cure for everything and that you can't be sad or depressed; because you're such a fun whacky guy! You can't ruin that persona by being a downer.

    Definitely one of the best choicest in my life was to recognize that I was actually depressed and sought professional help. Really made me grow as a person emotionally and mentally. You can't hide everything away with humor and you need to embrace that melancholic side of yourself. Sometimes you have to be sad before you can be happy.

  • Ashley Arancibia

    "A panic attack is basically the inverse of an orgasm."

  • Jieyl Rodrigo

    “Comedy is a way to translate your thoughts into a form that gives them a little less power.”

  • Joy C

    Schools should screen this so kids can recognize depression. I wish I'd seen this years ago.

  • Quirky Quips

    @SoulPancake Bringing the truths. I met Wayne Brady when he was just out of high school. He'd been raised by his grandmother. I don't know the full story but I know he had gifts and go places if he went the course. He was a teacher for an improv class at SAK Comedy Lab on Saturday afternoons, something I looked forward to but never felt that I fit in. Nothing new there. I am a piece of a puzzle that I have no idea what picture I should be in. Must be buried under a magical place? To see and hear Wayne speaking about his struggles comes as a bit of a surprise. Perhaps the lack of the self medicating and/or he is sharing comedy, working off the energies of his fellow players that didn't make it so apparent. Humans are complicated. Thank you for this enlightenment.

  • Connor Young

    Anna akana??? Gtfoutta here shes not a comedian.

  • Natasja Fischer

    WOW! That could have been triple the length and I wouldn't have minded a bit.

  • Trap Fiction

    This…Is Porn.

  • lienka Cassandra

    Do you know why I think people believe in God? because it gives them someone above them who can assure them, It will be okay. There will be a future and it will be alright. You don't need to be afraid of it. and so, they are less anxious. They believe in god and in a good future.

    What if not, what if there is no one above. Only people down here.

    The future is like a blank page. It is empty. Scary maybe. With no plan or goal or purpose.

    Do you know what artist do with blank pages? they look at it, think long and hard, what would they like to be there. Than they take a pencil, and draw some outlines, it is messy, and blurry. But when it looks like maybe that is what should be there. It is a plan. You can take a pen, and make the pencil lines to line art. And then, you take some colors, of your choosing and color it. There you go, the page is done, the project is finished. On to the next one. You got this. Gut Job.

    Or not. Maybe you messed up. Maybe it is not so good. No matter, there is the next page, try again. Or take the eraser and start again where you are now .. It is your book with blank pages, it is your life, your projects you are working on. You got this.

    Believe in yourself. Think of a picture you want to draw and go for it.

    anxiety is the fear of the future. the helplessness in influencing it. It is fake.

  • BelMegloub

    That's… That video would have really helped me a few years ago. Thank you so much. 'Cause I still wonder what's the point of me, and… I don't know. All of you did something good with this, and I thank you. This will make a change in people's lives, I'm sure of it. I feel better just watching it. Thank you.

  • Brennan Bobish

    When Sarah said, "There's alot of 'I love you' going on in the stand up community. I think it's kind of us going, Don't die. Don't die." That hit home. I'm an actress and we do that all the time in the performance realm. In every production I'm in, there is a sense of safety, community, and family. We say we love you because we genuinely do, but sometimes we say it to make sure you hear those words. We lost a cast member to suicide 2 years ago. Ever since, cast and crew make sure we tell someone once a day that we love them because we are so scared to lose someone else.

    "Tell someone you love them, because tomorrow isn't promised."

  • Desi Kranz

    Beautiful. So much gratitude to you all! May you all be well today. 💜

  • MrSkinnyboy125

    @10:02 is all facts, no lies there buddy

  • xoxoLeony

    thank you

  • Gabrielle Eva

    Thank you so much for putting this out there and for sharing your stories. Sometimes you need a reminder of what depression can look/feel/sound like. And a reminder that you’re not alone. Thank you!!

  • Madison C

    That's aparna nancherla, right? We love you! <3

  • Lerian V

    Bad parenting and not knowing God is the problem. Worshiping God helps regulate your emotions and a proper understanding of God is the antidote to cognitive dissonance, anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, etc.

  • Akeem Richards

    Due to some general insecurities around the subject of depression and deteriorating mental health, I was pretty dubious about watching this, for fear that knowing how others have suffered could make my suffering worse.

    I'm pleased to say I was wrong. My eyes have been opened to understanding, and watching this video has been both beneficial and relatable, particularly the pursuit of temporary highs only to come down to unbearable internal discomfort.

    The content of this documentary I can apply directly to my life: I'm encouraged to take the time to find the right help, and to create a safe space in which I can continue to heal.

    Thank you for the production of this documentary, thanks to all who've shared their experiences, and divulged the beneficial lessons they've learned. This video is truly inspiring, and gives me hope for brighter days.

    Thank you.

  • Telisha3 Claiborne

    Friggin' love this documentary.

  • Hot Chocolate Fitness

    This hits the feels so much.i love how vulnerable everyone is. Well done soul pancake.

  • Lisa Hoffman

    Laughing and crying, for them and myself. Thank you for this.

  • Reika Ratnam

    “ the only way I feel”: Trauma bonding

  • Jarlath Leonard

    ANNA IS A comedian ?

  • Florence Ellis

    Thank you for posting this. Parents have to keep communication channels open, always.

  • Semore Kants

    The word comedian is thrown around lightly these days.

  • Sarah Prosecco

    I'm not crying…ok I am but so are you!

  • Gabriel

    There needs to be more content out there like this. It's scary to relate but I use humor in very similar ways. Neal is one profound soul, man.

  • Chris Denny

    Thank you

  • Likhith Raj

    "I play Dwight so I'm supposed to be funny.
    I just don't feel very funny these days."

    I cannot emphasise enough just how much that feeling is shared by me.

  • Making Games

    "… But I would have run through a wall…" as a parent of two currently depressed children and having just climbed out of a depression myself, that really opened the floodgates for me. Now that the snot has subsided.. Thank you for making this and posting it.. I think (and hope) having somebody take a stand for you like that is what can help and it is so hard to ask.. But it is even harder to try and do it alone.

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  • Vanessa Crooks

    I don't even know what to say, this was such an eye-opener. thank you for this.

  • marykrismoss

    #humanityfirst #Freedom Dividend 🌈🇺🇸🌠 the more I know… Google YANG 2020 #MATH

  • Psykonaut

    "A panic attack is the inverse of an orgasm" LOL so true

  • Derrick Love

    This is great and its cool to know that other people know what you are going through. However whats important is how to fix it. I personally think giving more help. Nothinng feel better than making other ppl smile nd feel thankful. Also it reminds you that there is life beyond your individual existence.


    Its women! If they don't kill you, the'll make you want to put a bullet in your head.

  • p e t r p a n t h r

    I don't understand how anybody can NOT be depressed. If you say you're not you're either dumb or lying. I know that's awful but I can't not think that.

  • Sam B

    If only my country cared for enough to have even telephone lines for people depressed and with mental issues to just talk to people….my country wouldnt be so fcked up. Americans, use the resources that are given to you, get help, others dont even have the possibility to get that kind of help.

  • Jeff B

    “I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it's like to feel absolutely worthless and they don't want anyone else to feel like that.”

    -Robin Williams

  • Jeff B

    I wish there was a way to die without breaking my mother’s heart.

  • Jeff B

    “Comedy is not going to save you”


  • georgina toscano

    You know what is actually funny? That they are all depressed. Life can be quite ironic. I wish I could feel pitty for them but I don't. And I've been there. I know how not wanting to exist feels. I've never taken medication for it. I don't agree with it but if I could do it. Everyone else can definitely overcome. All I can say is it will all be alright in the end. You'll come on top.

  • Gary Hawkins

    Robin Williams wasn't suicide, it was accidental auto-erotic asphyxiation. If we could man up and acknowledge these things then it would help prevent more of them like Anthony Bourdain. I don't do that but I hear a slip knot should simply never be used. A yt-er demonstrated with volunteer gf who passed out and would have died, trying to warn ppl.

  • Lakitah 2015

    This has touched me deeply. Because it is real, there are no filters and these people talk about their true feelings. Acceptance is a big step towards healing and this documentary is one of the most painful and beautiful things I have seen.

  • Jason Wood

    This is important.

  • Peter

    Totally misplaced background music

  • Angel Dust

    This was really powerful, thank you

  • stephen k

    Like who are the human beings who dislike this? WTF is wrong with you? Who broke your heart or hurt you?

  • stephen k

    Feeling tears of joy is so important, also. Whether it's a singer or a comedian pouring their hearts out in front of you. We need to acknowledge those moments of exposing ourselves for everyone to witness. Laughter is great. Acknowledgment of the pain is even greater. I'm so grateful for these people who are unafraid to lay it all out for us to witness. God bless.

  • Three Big Ideas

    Baron Vaughn talking about eating cheerios and showering with dish soap because he didn't want to go out…yet still not knowing that he was depressed is relatable. So much of depression is denying the self, abandoning self-care, low self-worth. "high functioning" depression will manifest in ways the person won't notice…eg. declining all invitations, not eating or staying hydrated.

  • Cee Tee

    Thank you for sharing 💞, sending positive energy to everyone in the comments. 💞

  • BeingTiffany

    this conversation is so important, I'm glad i watched this!

  • Nathan Duke

    Raine Wilson went from Child Who is DEFINITELY Going to Be A Serial Murderer to Non-murdering Office Psychopath and has now seasoned into a Chiller Dude Than The Big Lebowski. Someone B’hai that man a beer!

  • Thomas Mcnamara

    What a moving documentary. It's oddly comforting to know that some of the rich and famous comedians out there share the same pain as I do. Suddenly I don't feel so alone. STAY STRONG!

  • Philip Sidney

    This documentary assumes that comedians have more problems than other people. What about all the truck drivers who feel depression and anxiety, or all the comedians who don't feel depression and anxiety? Bogus.

  • Matangaro Matangaro

    A panic attack is the inverse of an orgasm … BRUTAL HA HA HA

  • Rodney Harrison

    I know how they feel.

  • Auschtl

    If you're struggling…
    There's a number to text and one to call at 28:24
    Since that one is for the US — if you're struggling in Germany
    Es gibt psychologische Beratungsstellen in vielen, vielen Städten! Man findet die Nummern sehr schnell per Suchmaschine. Die in Leonberg hat mir geholfen (und hilft immer noch) (07152 3378930).

  • Yahkōv

    Very informative, but DAMNNNNNNN!!! The sad ass music, to this documentary is making me wanna kill myself RIGHT NOW! Sheesh! At least change the music!

    We need to talk about these feelings. Now more than ever, and we need to do it in a way that is NOT DEPRESSING.
    A little more upbeat, and positive background music, would make it WAYYYY more palette-able.

    With that being said…thanks for creating this video!😁

    Just my $0.02

    Sincerely yours,

    A man who has struggled with these thoughts😃👍


  • Mykal Mrfy

    Thank you…

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