Paul Gilmartin

Mental Illness…With a Twist

episodes 48 & 49


If you watched TV at any point between 1995 and 2011, there's a good chance you saw Paul Gilmartin co-hosting the very entertaining cooking/comedy skits on the TBS show Dinner and a Movie. You may also have seen him performing on the shows Politically Incorrect and The Late Show With Craig Ferguson, as well as his own half-hour special Comedy Central Presents Paul Gilmartin. What you didn't see, however, is the deep pain that Paul was often hiding. Throughout an impressive career he has struggled with severe depression, which he still works to manage through medication, meditation, and a general regime of healthy living. 

Gilmartin was so inspired by the art of overcoming depression, he wanted to let others know they're not alone and, hopefully, offer some paths to possible solutions. Since 2011, The Mental Illness Happy Hour has been one of the most popular podcasts—featuring artists, comedians, and an occasional medical professional. The show has been acclaimed by The Atlantic, Psychology Today, and The New York Times, which calls it "a perversely safe place in which he and his guests talk about their fears, addictions, and traumatic childhoods."