Comedians & Depression…no laughing matter


Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, I’m sure you all have either read about or seen the video of comedian Katt Williams hauling off and pimp slapping an unassuming Target clerk. A couple days later he announced his ‘retirement’ from comedy all together. This is not the first of Katt’s rather sporadic behavior. As a matter of fact, there have been several comedians of our generation in the news for weird or plain out ignorant antics.

How many of you recall the Martin Lawrence debacle in 1996 when he ran into traffic in California screaming and slurring at drivers? Remember how broken hearted we all were when the hit show Martin ended suddenly because Tisha Campbell (Gina) refused to be in the same scene with him. She alleged that he had sexually assaulted her on set. What about when Dave Chappelle broke all of our hearts by suddenly ending one of the most successful shows in Comedy Central history, ‘The Chappelle Show’? His reason was cited as ‘stress’. Some of the most successful comedians have struggled with what I believe is some sort of depression. Now I am not a psychologist or psychiatrist but one has to wonder why so many successful comedians do ‘not so funny’ things in real life. Are they cracking jokes to hide something deeper that they don’t want to face?  I have heard many comedians say that comedy saved their lives. I am one who is glad that they had an outlet to release the negative energy and in turn kept us all bent over with laughter. But at some point, we all must face our demons and seek help so that they don’t resurface later. Money can’t buy you everything, especially life. My prayers go out to Katt and his family. If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, they can call the number below.


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Thank you for reading and God bless!



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3 replies

  1. Some of the funniest comedians on the planet had heartbreakingly bad childhoods and carried demons with them throughout their lives. Richard Pryor. Lenny Bruce, even Carol Burnett had a rough childhood which I think contributes to their ability to laugh through immense pain. I hope Katt gets help and finds peace.

  2. This is such an unfortunate and common link with some of our great comedians. Richard Pryor was another example of this. And you’re right, laughter only consoles the spirit for a short amount of time. You gotta deal with heat baby! Great post Tah!

  3. That fame and fortune thing…at what cost? My prayer is for revelation and healing for all those in darkness. Choose to walk in the light.

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