Mental As Anyone

MAA #101: With Alex Ward

Aug. 22, 2020

Interview with Melbourne Comedian Alex Ward, who has been performing comedy for 7 years. You can find some of Alex’s great work on You Tube, including clips from Comedy Up Late and Tonightly with Tom Ballard. Alex has a podcast with Luka Muller called “Going Hypo” where they explore fun hypothetical situations.

We discuss: The connection between physical and mental health, views on the pandemic, normalising that it’s okay to feel down because it’s almost impossible not to, acknowledging the lack of control, the importance of allowing yourself to feel your feelings, being mindful not to compare or minimise your experiences, the fortune of recently moving in with a friend and creating a mini family, lack of motivation for creative ventures, catching up on great/terrible Netflix shows for escapism like the Hockey Girls, the benefits of exercise and running if you persist with it, the importance of warming up first, the joy of walking the dogs, Alex’s love of cooking and gardening, the intensity of the first 2 weeks of lockdown in March, enjoyment from gaining her nights back and not missing comedy (but missing seeing friends), online gigs that were filmed when restrictions eased for the few weeks before stage 4, King Canyon live streams, the hypothetical of would you rather toes for fingers or fingers for toes?, missing her family, Alex’s great Aunty recently turning 100, Alex’s super power and her message to stay strong, wear a mask and take things day by day.

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