What’s So Funny About Autism?


Dr. May stated, “Just because you or I might find things funny, it doesn’t mean we have more or less of a sense of humor.”

Despite our totally different tastes, laughter is a robust software that may deliver us collectively. In the world of autism, the place folks wrestle with private connections, humor unites. I see it with my son when he does standup. He appears to work together effortlessly with the viewers and individuals who method him after the present.

“It does help with socialization,” Dr. Frazier stated. “Teaching comedy techniques is a great way to overcome social issues. And getting someone — anyone, someone with A.S.D. or neurotypicals — to get up in front of an audience can be scary. What if you bomb? Many people on the spectrum have a deep determination to succeed. So, if they don’t get a million laughs the first time, they’ll try it again and again.”

Once they’re on stage they’ll discuss their dysfunction or give attention to what they discover humorous. My son normally sticks to puns, however he not too long ago opened with: “I have autism. I also have O.C.D., O.D.D., A.D.H.D. and A.D.D., and I’m the most normal comic you’re going to see on stage tonight.”

The members of Asperger’s Are Us additionally generally joke about their diagnoses, as when a member generally known as New Michael Ingemi (his dad is “Old Michael”) stated, “If we’re not funny, blame it on Ethan’s disability,” referring to a different member, Ethan Finlan.

Jack Hanke, who simply turned 26, prefers to go by the group’s whole age; that’s all 4 of them collectively, making him 114 years younger. He likes to maintain his prognosis and his comedy profession as separate as potential.

“Since our name is Asperger’s Are Us, it’s impossible for us ever to perform without people knowing our diagnosis,” he stated. “I do think it’s important for people with Asperger’s — and this really applies to most groups of people, not just Aspies — to realize that, while they don’t necessarily owe society an explanation about anything, society also can’t be blamed for failing to understand them if they don’t share their own perspective on issues that affect them.”



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