“There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humour and hurt.” – Erma Bombeck
I have been working on this ABC series over summer with host Ashwin Segkar, where we ask a comedian to share an issue they’re struggling with and I offer ideas – to them and the rest of us – about coping with similar situations. Storytelling plus psych tips!
I am so excited to launch the first interview, with comedian and B105 radio presenter, Stav Davidson who talks about the impact of a chaotic childhood on his relationships today.
Stav Davidson’s childhood was often difficult and disruptive. He moved constantly, witnessed abusive relationships, and lost his father at a young age from alcohol.
From finding role models in television, to using his ability to make people laugh, Stav explains some of the tricks he used to survive.
But after learning to shut down emotionally in order to cope, Stav is also looking for ways to open up as an adult. Listen to the full interview here. It’s about 19 minutes.
The comics have all brought their own stories and shared about the death of a sibling, a chaotic childhood, alcohol addiction, not being able to say no, and relationship issues, with honesty and humour.
If you’d like to listen in to future episodes, the episodes are airing Sundays on ABC radio nationally at 5.05pm Brisbane time for the next 5 weeks.
Thanks to everyone from this first run, especially for opening up so generously: Comics Stav Davidson, Nick Carr, Jordan Kadell, Michael Connell and Luke Rimmelzwaan and Jennifer Leake for producing it.
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