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Standup Comedy Lessons on the NHS

Started by TrenterPercenter, May 09, 2022, 10:43:29 AM

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"You know what it's like, Saturday night, all alone, those intrusive thoughts, cmon you all know."

"D'ya remember cutting your arm as a cry for help when you were a kid eh!? Eh!?"

"Counselling! What's all that about?"

Seriously though what a cool idea. Although I have found the pressure to be funny immense and I am surprised it works.


Can confirm that NHS mental health services are a joke.


"My wife left me, I've lost my job, I'm facing homelessness and I can't see a way out.."

"Well if you can't laugh...."

The Mollusk

Not much to add except that it sounds like a lovely idea. As someone who's battled depression and occasional suicidal thoughts for many years and found a lot of healing and comfort in comedy, reading this got me quite choked up.


This sounds like one of the ideas banded around in The Thick of It but might actually do some good.


Elderly Sumo Prophecy

I get the feeling that the 100 people they perform in front of at the end are probably carefully selected, or at least told to be nice. I doubt there'd be any heckling if they bottled it.




I was actually referred for this by my GP after feeling like a pair of curtains.

The Ombudsman

Would a nasty side effect of this prescription be bombing?


Sebastian Cobb

The Ombudsman

Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on May 10, 2022, 12:33:56 PMThey're getting free prostitutes as well?

They tried in Germany.

QuotePatients would need doctor's approval before filling a sex prescription.

sex prescription!

Memorex MP3

I done one of these a few years ago with zero intention of following up on it (i.e. didn't even attend the final thing); the class was shite but tbh the setting was pretty great as a group therapy type thing. Actively a positive to be a bit weird (once it's not excessive and you're somewhat receptive), got people to open up pretty quickly; the people who were absolutely hating it bailed after one week too.

Def felt like the kind of environment where you could potentially adapt it somehow into a means of indoctrinating people into a cult.