A group of Boston-based comedians calling themselves "Asperger's Are Us" are taking to the comedy stage in spite of--or because of--their lives with Asperger syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). USA Today reports that the four-man troupe, whose ages range from 18 to 29, are getting hired more this month because April is Autism Awareness Month. But they actually feel that their Asperger's fuels their comedy:
Many traits the public has long found engaging or amusing have their roots — perhaps surprisingly — in Asperger's. The absurdity of Monty Python, the flat demeanor of Star Trek's Mr. Spock and the awkwardness of Andy Kaufman, are all common Aspergian traits. Dr. Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory gets laughs for those characteristics, too.
"In the last few years, Asperger's has become recognized as a foundation for some elements of comedy," said John Elder Robison, a nationally renowned Asperger's advocate, and author of Be Different. "All of a sudden there is a broad public awareness that the reason for behavioral differences in those characters would probably be called Asperger's."
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