Stand Up Comedy For Autism In Alabama - Making Fun Of Autistic Children And Raising Money Since 2001

On 01 March 2013

Stand Up Comedy For Autism In Alabama - Making Fun Of Autistic Children And Raising Money Since 2001

Stand Up for Autism is a trend among comedy shows. Every year, this kind of fundraising event is held on January and it is a benefit with an all female comedian line-up.

Another one is held on April 27 by the Family of Autistic Children Education and Support Group (FACES) and another one we have in Alabama and it is held…tonight! 

Three comics performing are prepping their jokes for this evening’s event. The comedy night is benefiting for Arts and Autism at Bama Theatre. 

Lauren Wilson will emcee and surprise special guest like Rick Downling, Brad Fisher and Mark Karrh will show up. Oups! Surprise ruined. 

How can you do a comedy show form Autism? When you’re in company of people standing for autism, with autistic children at home you’re not quite in the mood to do funny jokes.

Rick Dowling says he got involved in this because his son was part of the program when he was younger. He wants to share on stage his family’s experiences raising their son with autism.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a noble thing to do and I really appreciate them for what they stand up for but, seriously, you have to go on stage and entertain people with autism jokes. What are you going to say? “My son has just been diagnosed with autism. I have my own wee Rainman. I can't wait to get him down the casino.” – That’s wrong is so many ways. 

Brad Fisher said that he is a close friend with the founders of the program, member of the church which hosted the program since it began. Even more exciting news! Like it wasn't enough that people make joked about autistic children, now you do it in a church. 

“First, Rick has a child with autism, and he had some material about the “lighter side” of living with a child with ASD. And we thought that it would be fun to have a fundraiser that didn't require you to run, walk, play golf or eat chili” said Brad Fisher.  

Rick Downling said  “At first, that might not sound potentially humorous, but we have weird senses of humor." True that. It's weird to say: “My son suffers from Autism and spends most of the day thinking he's a pigeon. I know you shouldn't laugh, but it is funny when he bumps into the neighbors cars”.

It’s true, it really helps educate the community on what autism is and since it is a church-sponsored program it might be a clean show. Anyway, all the respect for the cause and initiative but you really have to work on the details, founders of the program! 

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