The hit podcast is set to return for its third season on August 13th.
In each episode, host John Moe and his guests untangle the mystery (and stigma) of depression through candid conversation.
Rachel Bloom, co-creator and star of the TV series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, was a guest last season. Moe described her character, Rebecca Bunch, as “one of the most truthful portrayals of mental illness that I’ve seen, both the devastating effects and the just-getting-through-the-day parts.”
The pair discuss Bloom’s childhood in Manhattan Beach, her upbringing, love of musical theater—and, of course, her history with depression.
“At around age 9, I started to develop really, really intense, intrusive looping thoughts,” she told Moe. “And so for me, depression has always been wrapped up in intrusive, looping, negative thoughts.”
Former guests also include singer-songwriter Aimee Mann and Jeff Tweedy of the band Wilco.
Moe shared that the new season will incorporate the podcast’s listeners more, so they may comment and ask questions.
“This is our audience season. We will continue to have celebrity guests and hear their stories, but we’re also going to have more of our listeners be part of the podcast,” said Moe. “This show has evolved to become part of the mental health discussion, and that brings even more voices to the conversation.”
The Hilarious World of Depression is part of the Make It OK campaign by HealthPartners, to reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues.
“Humor can open a door for conversation about mental illnesses and begin the healing process,” says Donna Zimmerman, HealthPartners senior vice president for government and community relations. “The Make It OK campaign works to reduce the stigma of mental illnesses and we are delighted to continue our partnership to reach new audiences this season with messages of hope and recovery.”
Season 3 is set to debut on Monday, August 13. This season will also feature Scott Thompson (Kids in the Hall), singer-songwriter Neko Case, and comedian and actor Charlyne Yi, among others.