Book Review: Depression: The Comedy by Jessica Holmes

Depression: The Comedy

Depression: The Comedy

Title: Depression: The Comedy
Author: Jessica Holmes
Genre: Memoirs, Mental Health, Humour
Date of Publication: April 24, 2018
Publisher: Sunnybrook Press


Jessica Holmes–comedian, mother, wife, and Canadian–is the author of Depression: The Comedy, a memoir about her experiences with depression.  Some of you might know Holmes from her work on the Royal Canadian Air Farce and she starred in her own TV program, The Holmes Show, back in 2003.

Depression: The Comedy is the perfect remedy for those who feel alone in their mental illness. Holmes maintains a lighthearted tone as she discusses the darkest times in her life, making it clear that those who suffer or have suffered from similar symptoms have company.  In the acknowledgements, Holmes states that editors had wanted her to “dig deeper”, but she had said that “when the going gets tough, some of us need a frolic in the shallows”.  Aptly put.  Despite this acknowledgement, I do think that the book, while short, does delve into some of the underlying issues surrounding depression, and there is a list of resources at the end of the book for those who are coming to grips with their mental illness.

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