It sounds like an unlikely combination of jobs, but psychotherapist and comedian David Granirer has successfully combined both roles to help people tackle mental illness.
Far from it being no laughing matter, he encourages those with mental health issues to joke about their conditions and help each other in the process.
David Brill travels with him from his home in Canada to the United States, where his own brand of counselling is becoming increasingly popular.
Granirer started his work after suffering from depression himself and also wants it to tackle the stigma around mental health.
His comedy students describe their transformation from being reclusive and anxious, to being able to get up on stage and entertain an audience.
All proving, he says, that laughter really is the best medicine.
WATCH - Follow their journey by watching David's report.
STAND UP FOR MENTAL HEALTH - Find out more about David Granirer and his work on his website.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT - There are also details of support groups in Australia here.
On air: 30th October 2012