Gary Gulman: The Great Depresh | A Conversation About Depression | HBO


(CHEERING, APPLAUSE) -JUDD APATOW:Gary.
-GARY GULMAN:Yes?-This is exciting to be here.
-It’s so exciting. What are we doing here? Well, we’re celebrating
the release ofThe Great Depreshon HBO. (CHEERING) And so we decided,
instead of doing a premiere, why don’t we all talk about
how depressed we are? (LAUGHTER) And it was hard to find
depressed comedians. (LAUGHTER) -But we found the two best ones.
-Yeah. Let’s bring out
the great Maria Bamford and Patton Oswalt everybody! (APPLAUSE) Seeing you for the first time
tonight, I’ve never seen you. I thought your stuff
was amazing. -(LAUGHING) Thank you.
-And uh, Judd says he shot a– some footage of you
that HBO’s gonna show and… -(LAUGHING) Yes.
-That’s amazing. Therapy saved my life. I believe I broke my therapist. Yeah, I was leaving his office
and I was shutting the door, and I heard him go…
(DEEPLY SIGHS) Have you ever had a fear
of losing your job because
of a mental health issue? ‘Cause show business can be
very understanding
about mental health, but at the same time,
it can also be like, -“You’re good now, right?”
-(LAUGHTER) Do you see any of that? Like,
when you’re looking at your– your mental– whatever you’re
struggling with personally, and then, do you sometimes
see it out in… macro cosmic form in the world
sometimes? Yes, I mean, for most
of my life, I was forcing myself to be the aggressive guy
and play contact sports and everything like that,
and I really just– I just wanted to collage. (LAUGHTER) But it seems like part
of your struggle you talk about is that you don’t feel the way
you look. Yes. Yes. I’m built like
the Jewish Gaston, -but inside…
-(LAUGHTER) I took– I took
the Disney Prince test and I’m a Belle. I’m a Belle. I love to read… and mental illness
runs in my family. -My– Yeah.
-(LAUGHTER) I worry about this all the time
that my work has suffered from me not being able
to be as productive as I thought I once was.
I don’t know, I was manic, so it’s hard to say whether
I was truly being productive or if I was just calling
the pope a lot. (LAUGHTER) I have so many ideas, Pope! That’s a common one,
calling the pope, though. I literally flashed to you,
like, that was the beginning of a Zoloft commercial
you were doing. Like, “I didn’t know if I was
being productive or just calling the pope a lot,
but you know what? Once I got on Zoloft…” which–
why the fuck was she calling– just a throwaway line
in a drug ad. (LAUGHTER) It’s a shortsighted language
where the word for not wanting to live anymore
is the same as, “Well, the Mets lost,” or the–
Yeah. -A darkness visible…
-Yes. Yes. and then there’s like, (WINCES)
“I just don’t feel good today.” (LAUGHING) One of my favorite jokes you did
was about the people at work who, you say
you have depression, and they say,
“We’re all depressed.” But you made it,
“Yeah, we all have cancer.” “You don’t think I have cancer
every morning?” (LAUGHTER) Did that ever make me
feel empowered? What is the relationship like
with people who come to see you, uh, when you talk
about these issues? What do you want them
to take from it? I want them to take hope.
That– That– Because two
and a half years ago, (SIGHS) I was frequently
Googling painless suicides, and now, I can’t wait
to do more shows and I just– I’m so grateful
I stuck around for this. -(APPLAUSE)
-♪ Somedays, you’ll feel great ♪
Thank you guys for coming out. -Thank you so much.
-MARIA BAMFORD: Thank you. October 5th,The Great Depresh.Gary Gulman, Maria Bamford,
Patton Oswalt,
thank you guys for coming out.
Thank you.

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