Depression and anxiety are no laughing matter in the trailer for “It’s Not That Funny,” an upcoming documentary about mental health featuring conversations with comedians like Rainn Wilson, Wayne Brady, and longtime Stern Show guest Sarah Silverman.
“All of us learn a skill set inherently as children that get us through childhood,” Sarah says (above). “100 percent of comedians become comedians because somewhere in their childhood, they needed to be funny in order to survive.”
Directed by Mike Bernstein and produced by Funny Or Die, “It’s Not That Funny” also includes sit-downs with comedians Rachel Bloom, Chris Gethard, Neal Brennan, Baron Vaughn, Riki Lindhome, and more. Their brutally honest stories are juxtaposed over footage of entertainers whose demons got the best of them, like actor and stand-up great Robin Williams and “Saturday Night Live” legend Chris Farley.
“It’s a pill I take in the morning that stops me from jumping off a fucking bridge,” Gethard explains at one point in the clip. “Comedy is not going to save you. And if you are thinking of doing comedy as a substitute for therapy, it doesn’t work. I tried. I tried for a long time. It doesn’t work.”