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Wrestling and Mental Health with Josel Nicolas

Comic book writer and comedian Josel Nicolas talks to Chino about how he fell back into wrestling, who introduced him to it, and why it reminds him of his late father. He also talks about dealing with loss, talking about tragedy in comedy, and how comedy allows him to deal with these things.

TRIGGER WARNING: This episode deals with mental health and loss of parents.

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