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Robin Ince
Tears Of A Clown

Tears Of A Clown

  • Radio documentary
  • BBC Radio 4
  • 2014
  • 1 episode

Robin Ince looks at the enduring cliché of the Sad Clown and the relationship between stand-up comedy and mental health. Features Robin Ince, Jo Brand, Barry Cryer, Jason Cook, Josie Long and more.

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Press clippings

The truth behind the 'tears of a clown' cliche

Comedians tend to be emotionally disturbed people - but usually stop short of developing serious mental health issues. That's the opinion of psychiatric nurse turned stand-up Jo Brand, who says: 'In a simplistic way, comedians are not all sad people, but I think they are all emotionally disturbed people.'

Chortle, 1st November 2014

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