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Mental Health Comedy Hour hosts Kristee Ono and Wonder Dave find humor in the blues

Mental Health Comedy Hour hosts Kristee Ono, Wonder Dave (l-r) with their stage manager Lola Anthema.
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Mental Health Comedy Hour hosts Kristee Ono, Wonder Dave (l-r) with their stage manager Lola Anthema.

Comedians poke fun at themselves and find humor in bleak moments, like facing mental illness. A couple of Bay Area comics have found humor in living with mental health challenges. Kristee Ono and Wonder Dave host Mental Health Comedy Hour, featuring Bay Area comedians who tell jokes about their experiences with anxiety, addiction, bipolar disorder and other challenges. The show has drawn big names like Margaret Cho. After being virtual due to the pandemic, the show is going back on a live stage, in person on Thursday, March 17 at Stage Werxin San Francisco.

Here are list of mental health resources provided by Kristee and Wonder Dave.

This interview was produced with help from Porfirio Rangel. 

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Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.