An open letter to the world about autism and comedy: I don’t have enough stamps for this.
“Life doesn't make any sense, and we all pretend it does. Comedy's job is to point out that it doesn't make sense, and that it doesn't make much difference anyway.”
― Eric Idle
Hey guys, I am Thomas. I’m a 25 year old autistic man, a lover of comedy, popular culture and Pokemon.
I decided to open this letter with a quote because I believe that there are many qualities that autism and comedy share in common. If you look into where comedy derives from and what living on the spectrum is like, you notice these little things.
- Comedy and autism both point out things that others dare not speak of.
- They both stand out from their like-minded genres and people.
- They both realise that there’s meant to be a joke for the third plot point.
- At times they can really make you think.
Click here to read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/thomas-kuzma/aspergers-allows-me-to-see-humour-in-humans/
You can catch Thomas alongside international comedians at the Autism Spectrum Australia Comedy Night, in Sydney’s iconic Town Hall on Thursday 15th September 2016.
Tickets available at www.autismspectrum.org.au.
Performing: Jeff Green, Alice Fraser, The Umbilical Brothers, Denis Carnahan, Greg Burns.
Quick Facts about autism:
- Autism is a lifelong developmental condition characterised by differences in social interaction, impaired communication, restricted and repetitive interests, and sensory sensitivities.
- An estimated 1 in 70 Australians are on the autism spectrum, which equates to approximately 240,000 people.
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is Australia’s largest national not-for-profit provider of services and supports working with people on the autism spectrum and their families. A registered NDIS provider with 50 years of experience, Aspect operates one of the world’s largest network of schools and satellite classes for students on the spectrum in addition to therapies, intervention and lifestyle options. For more information, visit autismspectrum.org.au or call 1800 277 328.