Laughter is the Beginning of Healing with Joey Dumont

by Featured, Humanly Possible Podcast



In This Episode

  • Life-long battle with insecurity and anxiety
  • A father’s betrayal
  • Sibling loss
  • Looking inward when there was nowhere else to turn
  • Forgiveness and recovery

Quotations From This Episode

“If you’re trying to mask your insecurities with things, it doesn’t work.” — Joey Dumont

“Forgiveness is not for the other person, it’s for you.” — Joey Dumont  

“Fear motivated me to understand the questions I needed to ask.” — Joey Dumont  

“If you love yourself, you can indeed love somebody else.” — Joey Dumont  

“If you can start to laugh at yourself… then we as a culture can start to laugh with one another as opposed to at one another.” — Joey Dumont


During his career as an advertising executive in San Francisco, Joey led business development teams for nearly two decades. He also served as an Executive Producer on The Naked Brand documentary, a film that chronicled the needed evolution of consumer brands and their advertising agencies due to the advent of social technology and a shifting cultural landscape.

In 2017, Joey took a break from his career to write a book called, Joey Somebody, The Life and TImes of a Recovering Douchebag. His book explores the very heavy topics of parental neglect, arrogance, insecurity, anxiety, and episodic depression through the lens of dark humor and self-deprecation. He also launched a podcast called, Laugh Your Cry Out, where he invites his weekly guests to share their own stories of a less than optimal childhood – where nothing is off limits – and laughing at oneself is recommended.

Joey believes that laughter is the beginning of healing. And is now on a mission to prove just that.


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Summary Keywords

insecurity, anxiety, parental neglect, arrogance, laughter, forgiveness, healing


Joey Dumont, Bryan Kramer