Interview with JC Coccoli: A Comedian in Grief

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In this episode, I sat down with comedian JC Coccoli, who you may recognize from shows like “A Comedian in Grief,” “Why” with Hannibal Buress, “Key and Peele,” “Chelsea Lately,” and “Last Comic Standing” to talk about

  • losing her sister to an accidental fentanyl overdose at 34 years old while she was on tour and how difficult it was to write jokes
  • how this was her first real brush with mortality and delving into meditation and sci-fi
  • suffering from poor health during grief and how much luck has to do with survival
  • what led her to create the special “A Comedian in Grief”
  • why the stigma around comedians being unwell isn’t necessarily true and how comedians are philosophers in their own right
  • how comedy helps us process the pain and the anger that comes along with grief
  • taking opposite action
  • the abandonment and secondary losses we experience from those who can’t handle our grief
  • loving addicts without judgement
  • driving around with Dan Levy (creator of Schitt’s Creek), listening to Sia and how he was there for her
  • finding comfort in spirituality, living in the moment, and why we don’t talk about loss and grief.

JC will be performing at Kingfly in Pittsburgh PA at 8:00 pm June 11

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