When comedian Gary Gulman created his extraordinary HBO stand-up special and documentary, The Great Depresh, he was already one of the most popular touring comics in the country and a member of that rare club of comedians who’s appeared on every major late-night comedy program.
Gulman’s celebrated special pulled back the comedy curtain on what it’s like to live with long-term depression that no one seems to see. It resonated powerfully with Gen Xers like himself, who were teens when “the only antidepressant we had access to was ‘snap out of it’ and ‘what have you got to be depressed about?’”
His sharp-witted work celebrates mental health treatment, therapists, and how the growing cultural acceptance of therapy has been a game changer for newer generations. Vulnerable, poignantly honest, and of course, brilliantly funny, Gulman not only destigmatizes mental illness to his large audiences, but reminds us that as unfunny as suffering can be, humor is always at hand to help get us through.