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    Paul Weiner Gets Back To Comedy, Life After Mental Health Break

    Paul Weiner Takes Mental Health Break

    Paul Weiner just got back into comedy after taking a mental health break. May being Mental Health Awareness Month hit close to home for Paul who, last December, attempted suicide for the second time. He had always felt a longing for danger because of a greater desire to die. After doing a couple of mics, he got diagnosed with COVID-19 and subsequently fell into a depression.

    Paul Weiner needed to take a break from performing in order to write, to reflect, and to soul search. What did he really want out of comedy? What did he really want out of life? For Paul, comedy is an integral part to his recovery process as both a drug addict and as a survivor of extreme and ongoing sexual abuse in his childhood.

    “For me comedy, it fits right in with being mentally well,” Weiner said.

    Comedy as a Passion

    Paul loves making people laugh, and to him it feels like giving back. He believes in laughing at the life threatening. He encourages people to laugh about it. Even though he can feel downright awful right during a set, stand-up comedy is still an opportunity to escape the self. Paul feels similarly about helping somebody else to get off drugs. He might bomb, and they might relapse, but everyone will certainly grow from the all-consuming experience of love and empathy.

    “They might not stay clean, but the important thing is that I do,” Paul Weiner said.

    Paul does not believe in censorship. He thinks it’s toxic.

    “I think comedians are a huge service to the world. To the mental health of the f****** world!” Weiner added.

    Paul wants the laughter of an audience to feel like an explosive orgasm.

    “Where you lose yourself. You forget who you are,” Weiner said.

    Being clean and sober and still having an out of body experience is profoundly important for Paul. Paul believes in feeling the full range human emotions.

    “Comedy for me is, for the most part, taking my sadness and giving it the middle finger,” Weiner concluded.

    Paul Loves Female Comedians

    Paul Weiner loves female comedians. He credits the women in his life who opened up about their own sexual assaults with paving the way for Paul to open up and begin his own healing. He is tired of female comics being judged and bullied because society feels threatened by their power. The “man-childness” of most men makes Paul more, as he puts it, “f*ckable”.

    Paul Weiner has found love in the comedy community in Austin, TX. He has witnessed people transform their lives through creativity, but he has also seen successful comedians continue to be miserable. Paul knows that like any recovery program, the steps only do the healing when work is applied by the individual.

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    1. I agree with the other poster: Great follow up piece on Paul.
      I also love this quote from Paul: “Comedy for me is, for the most part, taking my sadness and giving it the middle finger.” Paul, thank you for supporting female comedians as well!

    2. Nice follow up piece on Paul. All the love in the world to you Paul. May your successes outweigh your sorrows!

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