Cosmopolite/Akersgata Scene (Nitavisen): Comedians are often admired and appreciated, but the reality is not always as rosy as it may seem from the outside.
Last year, many comedians and other celebrities who make a living from entertainment announced that they had to take a break because they were exhausted.
Jonis Joseph (31), Stian Bleib (33), Martha Levenstad (30), and Henrik Thodesen (43) are all examples of celebrities who, over the past year, have found themselves having to put their foot on the brake after their bodies said no.
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– no no no! I can't stand questions about burnout!
The topic is clearly sore for Johnis Joseph when Netavesin asks him why so many comedians are tired lately.
– Difficult. It's hard, hard, hard. We do more than just “normal work.” We are not just actors or artists; We are presenters, comedians, theater artists and scriptwriters. And those who end up in the best positions are the ones who have to work the most, Joseph tells Netavisen.
In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized burnout as a disease, while Norwegian Health Informatics (NHI) classified it as an occupational phenomenon.
Broadcaster and comedian Stian Bleeb has been open about the fact that he has struggled with burnout in the past, and offers an explanation as to why it affects so many in the entertainment industry.
– I think it has to do with the fact that in the past you were just a comedian on stage – you got on stage, and then you were done. But when you're a comedian today, you have to be funny everywhere all the time. There are also such huge opportunities, so there is not a big cap on how much you can work. You can work as much as you want,” Blipp tells Nettavisen.
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Saying yes too much
Like Bleep and Joseph, Martha Levenstad had to withdraw due to exhaustion.
She speculates that the root cause is an excessively high workload, and believes more people in the industry could benefit from becoming better at turning down offers.
– I think so! I think we're a bit good at saying yes. Then you eventually burn yourself out, Levstad tells Netavicin.
– There may also be more stress than you think, but it's no more stressful for us than a nurse working 12-hour shifts. So in all professions you can meet the wall.
Podcast duo Sigrid Bonde Tusvik and Lisa Tønne share the opinion, and they don't think it's hard at all to work as an artist.
– No, I don't think so at all, says Bond Tosvik.
-And now after MeToo, it's a dance of the roses! It was very tiring when you had to work your way out of situations all the time, but you don't need that anymore, Toon adds.
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