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Finding Comfort in Comedy

June 10, 2020 | 1:38
Laughter Saved His Life

Crushed by depression and seeking solace in drugs and alcohol, retired U.S. Marine Corps Captain Joe Gagliardi found comfort in comedy. Here’s how laughter saved his life.

The pain of being alive whether it’s mentally, physically, emotionally, or whatever it is, become so substantial that the death almost becomes like a peaceful option.

I remember on more than one occasion having pills and having booze and thinking of myself this this could be this could be the moment.

Comedy saved my life.

I look at pictures of myself from back when I was in the Marine Corps and I’m like, “Damn dude, you were hot!” [From crowd] You still are hot Joe!


I never would have thought that this would have been the solution but it was it was comedy ultimately. It was being able to, there’s something about being vulnerable onstage telling jokes or making light of the world that is therapeutic beyond anything I’ve ever, I’d ever really thought of.

Quite a hair-raising week last week. That’s ironic for a bald guy to say.

Suicide is ultimately it’s an end. It’s not it’s not the answer and every survivor has the potential to help someone else that’s struggling. You’ve got to talk to somebody and you got to seek help and that’s okay.

And it doesn’t make you weak. Don’t hesitate, don’t talk yourself out of it you can get help there are resources out there reach out.

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