Mental Illness As Material, Ctd

A reader writes:

I couldn't read this without remembering Don Becker, the bipolar Denver comedian who laid down on train tracks to cut off his own arms after becoming convinced his own hands were trying to kill him. At the time it was reported as a drunken accident. I saw the first show he did after recovering enough to perform. His opening joke: "I wanted to lose some weight and I thought 'How can I lose that weight and really keep it off?', so I joined the Amtrack weight loss program."