Part 2 with Brian Apprille (be sure to check out last week’s episode before listening to this one… at least for context’s sake, or not if you prefer to be confused 😀 )
This week Brian continues his story of recovery from facial paralysis, crippling depression and eventually getting back onstage… including his epic Simpsons audition!
Per last week:
Brian Apprille is a stand-up comedian, voice actor, and motivational speaker who performs across America for comedy clubs, businesses, churches, and any audience who wants to laugh or hear an inspiring story.
Even critics (and JJ) describe Brian as “brilliantly entertaining,” and “coast-to-coast funny!” Brian is best known for his high-energy comedy and impressions; he has been dubbed “The Man with A Thousand Voices” and throughout his performances slips between Homer Simpson, Peter Griffin, Alan Rickman and hundreds of other characters both real-life and animated.
Brian’s career took a turn for the serious in 2009 when he developed facial paralysis as a result of a rare disease called Ramsay Hunt Syndrome. In today’s episode, we talk about how he found humor in the midst of his challenges and got back on the stage after over a year of fighting Ramsay Hunt Syndrome’s debilitating symptoms and severe depression.
Now an activist and a comic at once, Brian raises awareness of facial paralysis and inspires hope in fellow sufferers with plenty of belly-laugh healing along the way. He founded San Diego’s first facial paralysis support group and has appeared on NBC’s Inspiring San Diego to share his story. You can listen to the stories of notable facial paralysis survivors like Mary Jo Buttafuoco and WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross on Brian’s podcast, Unique Smiles: The Facial Paralysis Podcast.
You can find Brian on Social Media as @comedybrian, as well as hosting his comedy podcast: Uncommon Comedy, available where all podcasts are available (or just a click of the Uncommon Comedy button!)
To help Brian with his facial paralysis surgery, please visit: https://gf.me/u/yxvwwg
More Comedy!? Check out drybarcomedy.com/jjb for JJ’s stand up special, and keep an eye out for Brian’s coming soon!