Let’s be real. Bulimia doesn’t exactly scream barrel of laughs. But L.A. comedian Jessie Kahnweiler doesn’t hew to rules about polite humor.
So “The Skinny” might be the first web comedy series about bulimia. Don’t get out your pitchforks and torches yet, though. Kahnweiler, herself, is a card-carrying member of the unfortunately vast club of those who’ve struggled with eating disorders.
The idea, she said, is to take away the stigma of a common problem and inject some dark humor into the conversation.
“As I entered therapy and began to recover, I felt a new sense of clarity, healing, and self-acceptance,” she wrote in a column for Fusion. “How much time had I wasted punishing, hurting, and hating myself for no reason? I began to celebrate all aspects of myself—including the messy stuff I had spent my whole life running from. Hiding my bulimia from the world began to feel suffocating. For the first time in my life, it didn’t feel crazy to be vulnerable. It felt crazy not to be.”
She’s certainly not hiding from it now.
“I’m by no means trying to make fun of bulimia or eating disorders, obviously if you’ve ever had an eating disorder, you know the hell that it is first hand,” Kahnweiler said in an interview with Fusion’s Alicia Menendez. “It’s absolutely horrible and there’s nothing funny about it, but in my experience of trying to get over or deal with or understand it, there’s so much comedy in that.”
“That’s just how I see the world and live my life,” she continued, “so I wanted to stay true to that experience and just be real.”