Comedian Luke Morris extols the healing properties of humour ahead of Goldmines stand-up gig

When comedian Luke Morris gets on stage at the Goldmines Hotel on Thursday night, he will make light out of a dark topic: anxiety.

Speaking during mental health week, Mr Morris explained how he always used comedy as an escape mechanism.

In school, he watched MASH and wrote skits to take his mind off the jibes of schoolyard bullies. 

“I've had periods when I've got really down and it gets really hard; you keep trying to plug back into the laughter,” he said.

Mr Morris’ own foibles were now the source of his best material, with his routine exploring the funnier side of his hyperhidrosis – a condition that causes excessive sweating.

He said while most people acknowledged the importance of diet and exercise for a healthy lifestyle, the power of laughter should not be overrated. 

He said while most people acknowledged the importance of diet and exercise for a healthy lifestyle, the power of laughter should not be overrated.

“Comedy is amazing from your mental health, just laughing and being happy,” he said.

Seeing other people make fun of their insecurities let others feel less self-conscious and broke down the stigma too often attached to mental health conditions, too.   

“As soon as you get a couple of people who laugh along, everyone opens up.” 

Mr Morris is among a line-up of local and imported talent for Thursday’s comedy gig. He said a camaraderie between the stand-ups was also heartening. 

“They're really supportive of you, offstage as well as onstage – and even if you’re not very funny.”

The show begins at 8pm.