Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Taste The Rainbow: A Review of Asperger's Are Us`

I had the distinct pleasure to experience "Asperger's Are Us" this past Sunday in Salem, MA, and to be honest, I didn't know what to expect. Noah Britton, co-founder (and fellow ARC counselor), has a very dry but sharp sense of humor. I was very intrigued, as were my fellow audience members. Some friends from the ARC joined me in the front row as the room filled quickly with family and supportive friends. 

It was truly FUNNY. I mean, tears running down my face funny. One skit had Bill O'Reilly, Barney Frank and Tim Russert, where Frank & O'Reilly went at each other's jugular verbally and Russert's dead body was dragged from the room. Another one had a man sitting at bus stop and people kept jumping into his lap saying he was Santa. The third one looked like this:

I apologize for the muffled sound. My Canon does great spur of the moment video, but if it's not up close, the sound gets lost in the vacuum of space. However, it is still a piece of brilliant work (minus my obvious laughing).

It's been said that Aspies don't have a sense of humor. I don't buy it. I work with kids like this and I've seen some pretty amazing comedy come from them. Their humor is what they are exposed to, what they learn to appreciate that is funny. Nate has been familiar with my theater and improv work since he was 5 months old. He is slowly learning what is "funny" to him and his therapist says his sense of humor is "tremendous".  

 Now, to be fair, there were a few bits I didn't get, which I chalk up to it being pure Aspie humor and genius that only those with the Syndrome can comprehend. They had a few awkward pauses, a few glitches. That being said, it was 45 minutes of very entertaining comedy (it was rated PG-15) that I would have paid more for than I did.  You didn't have to be neurotypical, or working in the business or be a relative to appreciate what was in front of you. Laughter is the common thread that brought us together  and we all ended up speaking the same language that day. 


  1. yeah, the myth about AS and humor being mutually exclusive kills me. even a concrete thinking style can lead to much conceptual play, so it's a myth that needs to die. it just doesn't fit the fact.

    also, having AS means going through a lot of social misery. a lot. so inevitably, irony and other forms of pitch black humor develop. i think a lot of theories about AS fail to take into account what happens over time, the fact that traits change as they filter through a variety of life experiences.

    anyway. i ramble.

  2. @M: I don't deny these kids and adults go through alot of social isolation, which will influence their humor. I freely admit that I don't understand all of it, but I do admit that they have the strength enough to go infront of people and show their raw talents. That is overcoming the weight of social anxiety and shining out from a dark place. It's damn tough and they did it.

  3. they did and it's impressive. proof that AS folks can be wonderfully humorous. thanks for the post.

  4. Thanks for the great review!
    Here's some more videos: