Comic shows the upside of depression

Depression is no laughing matter . . . or is it?

Stand-up comic Dana Eagle knows a thing or two about crippling anxiety. She’s bipolar and a cancer survivor, but she’s leapt past those emotional hurdles with the help of comedy.

“When my head starts going in a bad direction, which it’s naturally predisposed to do, I am able to take that turn and go, ‘OK, where’s the funny?’” she told

Sample joke: “I bought a mood ring. It died of exhaustion.”

Eagle, along with Graham Elwood and host Jason Love, will be part of the latest Live Standup Comedy on the Hill show at 8 p.m. Sat., Jan. 13 at Hillcrest Center for the Arts, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks.

Eagle, who has been seen on “Last Comic Standing” and Comedy Central, has opened for Bill Maher and performed for troops in Iraq. She’s the author of “How to Be Depressed: A Guide.”

Elwood (“Sarah Silverman Program,” “Benson Interruption”) has been doing stand-up for over 20 years at comedy clubs, colleges and other venues. He’s also an actor and playwright, and directed the award-winning film “Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary.”

Love has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, “America’s Got Talent” and more than 20 national broadcasts.

Tickets for the 18-and-over show are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Beer and wine can be purchased with a valid ID.

Call (805) 381-1246 or visit for information and tickets.