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Comedy Gala to tackle depression

It has often been said that laughter is the best medicine and now a group of Australian comics are putting the old adage to the test in an effort to raise money for depression research at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR).

Sunday night’s ‘Depression isn’t a laughing matter’ comedy showcase at Paddington’s Sit Down Comedy Club will give punters the chance to snort, chuckle and guffaw their way to a brighter future for mental health.

QIMR researcher, Professor Nick Martin, said the impact clinical depression has on the community is often underestimated. “1 in 5 people will experience major depression at some stage during their life. Depression has a devastating effect on individuals and their families and contributes enormous costs to our health care system.”

“More research is needed to better understand the causes of depression and other mental health conditions”, explained Professor Martin.

The annual benefit show began in 2007 after a group of comedians witnessed the effects of depression within their own circle of family and friends and decided to join forces and use their stage skills to help.

According to Sit-Down Comedy Club promoter Mr Fedele Crisci, this year’s gala promises to be the biggest yet.

“We’ve got some really great comics taking to the stage this year, so there really has been no better opportunity for people to have a great night out and support a truly worthy cause all at once,” said Mr Crisci.

This year’s show features seasoned comics Gary Fludder, Steve Allison, Anne Howe, David Eastgate, Jimmy Poulos and Mark McConville.

Depression isn’t a laughing matter
Sunday 7 June
Sit Down Comedy Club, Paddo Tavern, 186 Given Terrace, Paddington.
Doors open 6pm
Tickets are $30.

Proceeds from the night will be donated to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.