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Children should always be able to rely on adults to protect them and put their safety first, but what happened when the people you are supposed to trust violate you and steal your innocence. That is exactly what happened when our guest Stan Talouis encountered sexual abuse at the hands of his grandfather. Come in and take a seat on the comedy couch and listen to our guest Stan Talouis talk about how he was able to cope with sexual abuse, and use the tools of humor and awareness to live a more resilient life.

For more info on Stan’s podcasts, please check out: Trash Talk Podcast and That’s My S**T Podcast.

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  • Frank King, CoHost

    Frank King, Suicide Prevention speaker and Trainer was a writer for
    The Tonight Show for 20 years. Depression and suicide run in his family. He’s thought about killing himself more times than he can count. He’s fought a lifetime battle with Major Depressive Disorder and Chronic Suicidality, turning that long dark journey of the soul into five TEDx Talks and sharing his lifesaving insights on Mental Health Awareness with associations, corporations, and colleges.
    A Motivational Public Speaker who uses his life lessons to start the
    conversation giving people permission to give voice to their feelings
    and experiences surrounding depression and suicide. And doing it by coming out, as it were, and standing in his truth, and doing it with humor. He believes that where there is humor there is hope, where there is laughter there is life, nobody dies laughing. The right person, at the right time, with the right information, can save a life.

  • Mike Cotayo, Host

    Mike knows how to handle difficult people because he was one! Surviving a traumatic brain injury, he overcame his own addiction to drugs. He then went on to devote over 20 years of his professional life as a clinical social worker servicing the needs of the mentally ill and chemically addicted.

    As an expert in treating patients with borderline personalities, he has delivered keynotes internationally, including speaking at the European Association of Gestalt Therapy in Sicily. He has also traveled to Ireland and Canada to participate in keynote speaking events.

    Besides his career as a clinical social worker, Mike has also achieved acclaim as a stand up comedian where he discovered how he could use the power of humor to help others heal. He has headlined at The Laugh Factory in New York City, as well as Binghamton University, Columbia University and Kansas State University.

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What is The Funny Shrink?

They say laughter is the best medicine, and no one knows that better than comedians. In this podcast, co-hosts Mike Cotayo (The Funny Shrink) and Frank King (The Mental Health Comedian) talk about how they have used humor to get through the toughest of situations. Come have a listen on the comedy couch! Disclaimer: The views, opinions and endorsements expressed in each podcast episode are those of the host and guests, and do not necessarily reflect the official position of Mental Health News Radio Network.

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The Funny Shrink Presents…Staying Safe and Sane During COVID-19

We are in the midst of a global pandemic, and our world has completely changed for the unforeseeable future. We don’t have the luxury of interacting with family and friends the way we used to, and this has caused great spikes in mental health issues like anxiety and depression. Come in and take a seat on the comedy couch and listen to your podcast hosts talk about how they have chosen to stay safe and sane in this new unchartered world of COVID.

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EPISODE 11 The Funny Shrink Presents Transgender and Talented

Transgender Sensation Sammie James has been very busy during the pandemic. Both transgender and disabled, Sammie James has a unique perspective that she brings to the stage whenever she performs, and she has overcome a lot of obstacles in her life, and has learned how to tackle with dignity and humor.

Sammie hosts a weekly variety show called We Are Trans featuring amazingly talented Trans Performers. Check out the Facebook page for more information: https://www.facebook.com/WE-ARE-TRANS-102682674562895

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Episode 10 The Funny Shrink Presents… Frank and Mike talk Resilience on the Road

Frank King and Mike Cotayo are comedy veterans who performed on the road for years. Resilience is what a road comic needs to survive in this field! Come have a listen on the comedy couch as Frank and Mike talk about their stories of road work and resilience!

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Episode 9 The Funny Shrink Presents… Sharon Shares

Mental health is often times exacerbated by trauma, and our next guest is acutely aware of the correlation between trauma and mental illness. Our next guest, Sharon Simon, had a very complicated childhood where she learned that she had to protect herself from the adults around her. She works hard to keep her disorder under control, and is a mental health advocate, stand up comedian, and a peer specialist and counselor dealing with Borderline Personality Disorder. She is an expert on this because she has struggled with this disorder herself. Come in and take a seat on the comedy couch and listen to Sharon talk about how she has taken her experience with mental illness, and learned how to mange her life in a healthier way.

You can check out her work on BMG Channel 217 on Vivalive TV. Highlights from the dating show Sharon produces will air on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

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Episode 8 The Funny Shrink Presents… Dishin’ With Dara

We have all had bad first dates, and our podcast guest is no different. Dara Jemmott is an amazing comedian who is on fire. She is a force to be reckoned with, and it all started with a bad first date. Come in and take a seat on the comedy couch and listen to Dara explain how she turned a bad experience on a first date into a thriving comedy career.

You can check her out  on instagram @chocolatejem.

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Episode 7 The Funny Shrink Presents… Death is Tragic

Death is a tragic part of life, and it is something we have all experienced. It can feel overwhelming, exhausting, and is often unfair. Come in and take a seat on the comedy couch and listen to your podcast hosts talk about how they have handled death in the past, and how they get through the tough times.

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Episode 6 The Funny Shrink Presents… Jim Mendrinos “ The Beefmaster ”

Jim Mendrinos is a renaissance man! He has done it all. From starting comedy at19, to writing for numerous TV shows, he also has an extensive e career touring the world doing stand up, helping to create an indelible mark on the society we live in. He was also the co-creator and mastermind behind the NY Underground Comedy Festival, launching the careers of several stand ups, and allowed for over 70 new comedians to be featured on TV. His newest endeavor: NewMediaComedy Productions is just one of his many ventures. Please check out his Amazon Prime Comedy Special Not Dead Yet!

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