‘Comedians as a group still adhere to the idea that you’re only funny if you’re in pain.’

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NPR interviewed Dr. Ildiko Tabori, the Laugh Factory’s new in-house shrink, about why comedians need his help more than the average person: “There is still a stigma attached to therapy, maybe less so in Los Angeles because everybody has a therapist, but comedians as a group still adhere to the idea that you’re only funny if you’re in pain. So they’re afraid to get treatment because if they do, then for some reason they’re not going to be funny anymore. And being funny is part of your personality, and personality is a core being, and I’m a psychologist, I’m not a magician. So if you’re coming into my office funny, you’re going to leave my office funny.”