Bay Area comedian/playwright Brian Copeland brings show to Piedmont

Can talking about mental health be funny? They say laughter is good medicine. Come find out Sept. 8.

What started as an idea in a Piedmont living room a decade ago is now a very special Family Sanity event at Piedmont Center for the Arts, Friday, Sept. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. Comedian/TV reporter/podcaster/talk radio host Brian Copeland will present his one man show, “The Waiting Period”.

Copeland is a Bay Area native, who, like Robin Williams and other funny men and women, has suffered from depression throughout most of his adult life. In the early 2000’s he felt so down that he considered buying a gun and ending his life. The play shows how he persevered and lifted himself out of his dire state*.

Copeland is the genius behind several other one-man shows including “Not a Genuine Black Man” and “Grandma and Me” that play periodically around the Bay Area.

Tickets are available now HERE.

The evening will begin with original jazz piano compositions played by California Jazz Conservatory graduate Michael Echaniz.

Family Sanity was founded by former Piedmonter Lisa Scimens. The non-profit organization helps parents of older teens and young adults coping with mental illness. Over the years, the group has helped hundreds of families in the Bay Area and beyond.

Monthly online support groups and a robust website of resources are available. To find out more or to sign up for a support group visit

*This play is not appropriate for children or younger teens. Parental discretion is advised.

One thought on “Bay Area comedian/playwright Brian Copeland brings show to Piedmont

  1. This looks wonderful!! I will be there with my friends in tow. I’ve heard it’s an uplifting show and there will be moments of laughter even though the topic–mental health struggles–is serious. If you don’t know about Family Sanity, the organization sponsoring tbe event, but sure to check it out. Full disclosure–I assist with Family Sanity’s support groups for parents. It’s a great organization!

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