In this episode, Laura and Bud speak with Philadelphia comedians, Robert Ecks and Jacquie Baker. Together, the guests and co-hosts discuss the complicated and intriguing ways in which mental health is impacted by comedy, and how the two can go hand in hand.
EPISODE 6 – Mental Health in Comedy
Jacquie Baker is a Philadelphia-based sketch comedian and actress. Jacquie writes and performs for The Flat Earth (a Philly Improv Theater house team) and The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie (a sketch duo with her comedic and domestic partner, Matthew Schmid). Additionally, she directs an all-female sketch group called Barbara Bush, hosts One Minute Monologues at Good Good Comedy Theatre, and teaches sketch comedy writing at the Philly Improv Theater.
Robert Ecks is a collection of atoms based out of Philadelphia. MetroPhilly described him as a “non linear humorist.” In 2014, Robert was named “Comedy Act of the Year” by Philebrity.com. Robert wrote and directed the short film “Daniel” featured in the 2015 Philadelphia FringeArts Festival. Robert hosts a show at Good Good Comedy Theater.
Robert, Jacquie, Laura and Bud discuss disclosure within performance and art — How can we find funny ways to share interpersonal problems, mental health challenges and personal journeys?