Comedy about Trauma (Sebastian Scales)


Can you laugh about trauma? How do you create content and art around taboo topics? Today’s guest Sebastian Scales was molested by his friend’s dad as a kid, and now does stand-up comedy about it. He has a podcast called ‘What happened to you?’ where he and others talk and laugh about their trauma in an effort to remove the stigma around these types of conversations. He also runs a nonprofit called the ‘What happened to you Foundation’ dedicated to providing trauma victims with the resources they need. 

Connect with Sebastian: 



  • How standup helped him heal from his experiences 
  • Removing the pressure in how we talk about trauma
  • Having difficult conversations with your kids/helping them feel comfortable to talk to you
  • How to create content around heavier topics & moving past the fear of offending people



  • That's why it's so hard for victims to come forward- because they feel bad about making other people feel bad. @ScalesSebastian @HeatherParady #UnconventionalLeaders CLICK TO TWEET
  • It’s going to keep happening if we don’t do something about it. @ScalesSebastian @HeatherParady #UnconventionalLeaders CLICK TO TWEET
  •  It's such a freeing thing when you don’t feel the need to change who you are to entertain or please people. @ScalesSebastian @HeatherParady #UnconventionalLeaders CLICK TO TWEET
  • I don't think people understand the impact you have on others by being vulnerable. @ScalesSebastian @HeatherParady #UnconventionalLeaders CLICK TO TWEET



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