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Posts Tagged ‘Mental Health’

Busy Week! TV, Festival, Moving, Oh My!

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by brendanmckeigan

 

I have no excuse. Yesterday, Thursday, I just forgot to write an entry. Do I quit? Do I make this one twice as long? No, I will keep going. Because Michael Caine said to a young Bruce Wayne, “Why do we fall down, Mister Wayne? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.”

I love that voice. ANYWAY, welcome to Friday! Here’s the thing guys: I’ve been incredibly busy, but in a good way. I’ve got a lot going on, and hopefully much more to follow.  Next week is going to be incredibly busy. Actually, starting tomorrow I’ll be on CBC Television. Well, if you live in Ottawa anyway. On a show called, “Our Ottawa.” It’s airing Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Following that on Monday, I’m closing out the show at Absolute Comedy in Ottawa. Tuesday, I move in with m’lady. She doesn’t know yet, but who doesn’t like surprises?! Wednesday, I’ll be in two places at once because of technology. I’ll be on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight (check local listings), and then I’ll be on CBC’s LOL Show at the Cracking Up The Capital Festival. Thursday, I’ll be watching Carleton and University of Ottawa students Improv Battle each other, followed by an industry party. Friday will be hanging out with family and hanging out with festival friends. And finally on Saturday, I’ll be performing to a sold out crowd at the National Arts Centre. Close to three thousand people.

Exciting things! I’m pretty excited. Sorry if this seems like gloating, because it’s not. That being said, I’m going to promote the fact that I’ll be selling my comedy special at both shows for the festival. And since Cracking Up The Capital is in support of Mental Health causes, I’ll be donating 25% of ALL of my sales to the cause as well. So if you can make it out, please do! Come support a great fest for a great cause!

Plus, the closing gala also features Mary Walsh, Patrick McKenna and Rick Mercer. No pressure though!

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!