Zach Kornfeld of The Try Guys, Ira Glass, and Rhett Miller Separately But Related By a Theme

Episode 8

10th May 2021

Before becoming a YouTube star, Zach Kornfeld had been diagnosed with depression and OCD and survived a serious car accident as a kid. Naturally he became a comedy sensation. Also, This American Life’s Ira Glass reflects on his role in Zach’s story and Rhett Miller talks music and membership.

Episode notes

Yeah, this became a pretty big show. Just kept filling up with more guests. It started with a conversation with Zach Kornfeld of The Try Guys, a YouTube comedy troupe that is preposterously famous and beloved. Because these guys are open about their lives and challenges, we know that Zach had a bumpy ride full of mental illness diagnoses and possible trauma. Zach mentioned a talk he heard from Ira Glass that was very influential so we called Ira to see if we could talk to him as well and Ira said sure. Then it was the Max Fun Drive so we did a little chat with Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s, who wrote and recorded our show’s theme song “Building Wings”. And that’s not all! Even Gabe Mara, the producer of the show, got on the mic to talk about the importance of supporting Depresh Mode. Whew. Lot of show. Good show, though. You’ll like it.

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In this episode...



  • Zach Kornfeld
  • Rhett Miller
  • Ira Glass

About the show

Join host John Moe (The Hilarious World of Depression) for honest, relatable, and, yes, sometimes funny conversations about mental health. Hear from comedians, musicians, authors, actors, and other top names in entertainment and the arts about living with depression, anxiety, and many other common disorders. Find out what they’ve done to address it, what worked, and what didn’t. Depresh Mode with John Moe also features useful insights on mental health issues with experts in the field. It’s honest talk from people who have been there and know their stuff. No shame, no stigma, and maybe a few laughs.

Like this podcast? Then you’ll love John’s book, The Hilarious World of Depression.

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