About the Show
Comedian Paul Gilmartin hosts a weekly, hour-long audio podcast consisting of interviews with artists, friends and the occasional doctor.
The show is geared towards anyone interested in or affected by depression, addiction and other mental challenges which are so prevalent in the creative arts.
Paul’s hope is that the show and this website will give people a place to connect, smile and feel the return of hope. The biggest myth about mental illness is that you are alone and there is no help.
Help starts with talking to someone who knows exactly how you feel. So stop staring out the window with your jaw open thinking about what might have been. Open up. Read the message board. Post stuff. Ask for help. Give help. Take a survey so we can get to know mental illness better.
This site is not intended to replace the need for medical diagnosis. Please leave that to professionals. It’s not a doctor’s office. Think of it more as a waiting room that doesn’t suck.
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, numerous Bob and Tom albums, comedy festivals and the Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He is also a frequent guest on the Adam Carolla podcast, performing political satire as right-wing Congressman Richard Martin.
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. He leads a happy life in Los Angeles with a patient, loving wife and two spoiled dogs.
Once you’ve tired of this website, wear yourself out at paulgilmartin.com or askarepublican.com. And if you’re really stalky, even check out the furniture he makes at handshapedfurniture.com. Beyond that, you’d have to call his mom, which you will regret.
Martin Willis is the day-to-day webmaster of the Mental Illness Happy Hour. He keeps the site updated with new info and helps manage the forum. When Martin isn’t here he’s hosting his own podcast, ComicalCast, interviewing and showcasing performances by comedians and entertainers from all over the US and the San Francisco Bay area. Check it out for a candid look behind the comedy and indepth interviews.
Stig Greve is the web designer for the Mental Illness Happy Hour. He built what you’re looking at right now. He also wrote this sentence. Isn’t it great? If you want to see more websites by Stig (or hire him, that would be cool) check out Chromadile.com.