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Strombo Panel & Mental Health

Posted on: January 21st, 2014 by brendanmckeigan


Today was a fun day. I was fortunate enough to be part of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on “The Panel,” alongside the incredibly funny Anna Gustafson and the immensely talented Patrick McKenna.

We spoke about mental health issues. Which was fitting since we’ll all be appearing at the Cracking Up The Capital Festival, February 5th to 8th in Ottawa. Why is that relevant? The festival serves a dual purpose besides just comedy shows. It also aims to raise money for various mental health charities. Something everybody should get behind.

I don’t want to talk about what we spoke of on the show, otherwise you may not watch it, and that’s not fair. But I will say this: it felt great to be able to talk about mental health in a supportive way. I’m know some people feel ashamed that you may be going through mental health issues. What you need to know is that there’s always somebody you can talk to. I think there are more people you can confide in than you think. Family, friends, counselors, hell even somebody from a message board.

Should somebody every have the courage to tell you about his or her mental health issues, please, listen. It is an incredibly difficult thing to bring up to somebody. Please don’t compare how bad you, or someone else you know has it either. Just listen. Be supportive, and keep being awesome.

You must have done something to earn that trust to begin with. Keep up the good work.

Strombo Tonight! Well, Technically Tomorrow

Posted on: January 20th, 2014 by brendanmckeigan


Tomorrow night I’m going to be appearing on “The Panel” segment of George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight on CBC, along with Patrick McKenna and Anna Gustafson.

We’re going to be talking about mental health issues, which is consistently an interesting topic for people. It’s also fitting since we’re all going to be part of the “Cracking Up The Capital” Comedy Festival in Ottawa from February 5th to 8th. I don’t want to give too much away about exactly what we’ll be discussing just yet. You should just watch the show for that!

I’ve got to say, I’m pretty excited to be on the show. Strombo is one of the best interviewers on television. It’s always refreshing to see honest interviews with celebrities, who don’t have to feel the need to be “on” like they are on some of the other talk shows. His interview with Will Ferrell was a perfect example of that. Of course Will was funny, but he didn’t have to be in performance mode, which was a great change of pace.

So if you’re not doing anything tomorrow night, tune into the show! I would watch if YOU were on!