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02 May 2008, 8:41 am

"I'm sick of followin' my dreams man. I'm just gonna ask where they're goin' and hook up with 'em later."
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02 May 2008, 11:39 am

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I can't believe Lenny Bruce hasn't been mentioned more. Particularly for his:

Extremely weird use of language, his cadence, etc.
Use of weird "metaphors meaningful only to the speaker"
Very unconventional
Reclusive and awkward (in the CD "George Carlin on Comedy", Carlin mentioned that Lenny Bruce was always very difficult to communicate with, and rarely gave him more than an awkward hello.)


I can't believe that hadn't occurred to me already, but you're absolutely right. Though I idolize and adore Bill Hicks, I don't really see any obvious Aspie traits in his physical performances, though his love/hate relationship with the human race might have been a clue.

Also agree that Jerry Seinfeld is very nearly a poster boy for NTs (except perhaps for his character's clear OCD), however, Larry David is most definitely an Aspie, as are all the other characters on that show (each one seems to represent a different side of the disorder). Who but someone familiar with the meltdown could come up with lines like George is gettin' UPSET. and SERENITY NOW!. Stephen Wright, almost certainly, even though his onstage persona is exaggerated, it's only by a little.

Slightly off topic, what about other media celebs? I suspect Jim Morrison.



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20 May 2008, 8:31 pm

Demetri definately thinks like an Aspie

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiFng_ZxS1M[/youtube]


I love this clip because I think exactly the same way.



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21 May 2008, 10:46 pm

MartyMoose wrote:
Demetri definately thinks like an Aspie

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiFng_ZxS1M[/youtube]


I love this clip because I think exactly the same way.

Watch it



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30 May 2008, 7:29 pm

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How about the Marx brothers? Any of them possibly aspie?


I don't think so, too family-oriented (albeit dysfunctionally so).

I had a two-year fixation on the Marx brothers in college; I researched and collected every scrap of information the pre-Internet library had to offer on the subject, collectively and individually.



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30 May 2008, 9:10 pm

My favorite Aspie comedian is Eddie Izzard. He attributes his humour to dyslexia.

You can see that Eddie's thoughts are very visual, he must have a picture in his mind of Darth Vader v's canteen employee. Here a fan has animated his stand up routine using Lego.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv5iEK-IEzw&feature=related[/youtube]



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31 May 2008, 6:21 am

quote]My favorite Aspie comedian is Eddie Izzard. He attributes his humour to dyslexia.

You can see that Eddie's thoughts are very visual, he must have a picture in his mind of Darth Vader v's canteen employee. Here a fan has animated his stand up routine using Lego.[/quote]
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv5iEK-IEzw&feature=related[/youtube][/quote]



totally agree, his name came immediately to mind when I saw this post. Although I don't know if he is / diagnosed/ etc - I'm not sure that it matters. I reckon he's my long lost brother anyway - when I first came accross him it was like' is this guy reading my mind or I his?'

- just checked out the dublin site - haven't joined though as am in england and couldn't make those meetings obviously -BTW it probably wasn't related to your site but there was some freaky 'just ask' link - i say freaky as there was this post from someone running some kind of aspergers group and proclaiming to be an expert - I will name no names - but this woman was blasting of about aspies having no empathy at all - this person is in a position of power and responsibility and with an aspie son ...........very dodgy............exscuse the rant - it just struck me as mind blowingly stupid and dangerous.



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31 May 2008, 4:42 pm

Library_Ann wrote:
aguales wrote:
How about the Marx brothers? Any of them possibly aspie?


I don't think so, too family-oriented (albeit dysfunctionally so).

I had a two-year fixation on the Marx brothers in college; I researched and collected every scrap of information the pre-Internet library had to offer on the subject, collectively and individually.

In the comedy business i perfrom with alot of jews who seem aspie but thats just because they're awkwardly jewy.



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03 Aug 2008, 4:47 pm

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhcqytHejwY[/youtube]

me again



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03 Aug 2008, 6:54 pm

Marty, have you had to deal with hecklers? How did you do?
I've never seen any comedians I thought were aspies. If I had to pick one I'd say Steven Wright, although clinical depressive seems nearer the mark.



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04 Aug 2008, 3:41 am

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I didn't know aspies could be stand-up comedians. I know for a fact im no where near socially enough to be a comedian. Plus my anxiety would be off the chart if I got on stage in front of everybody.


Yeah, I thought we'd be more likely to be sit-down comedians by trade, but stage anxiety can be controlled with practice. Apparently a good tip is to imagine that everybody else in the hall is naked, and it's meant to do wonders for controlling anxiety. I've never tried it though.


hmm I used to do poetry slams & the first few times I shook so bad & spoke so low poeople thought I was doing a (bad) performane piece, but the more often I do it the easier I get. I still tremble slightly but I can usually keep it to my feet where the audience wont see & it's easier if I have a friend in the audience so I can scan the audience & kind of form a conection with them, but really just be looking for my friends and only looking at them so I can imagine that I am just preforming for that person.



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04 Aug 2008, 3:43 am

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Coincidentally, my commonly-used forename with my surname is Rob White, and there is a stand-up with AS called Rob White. I've been to a couple of stand-up shows and was very inspired. It's definitely something I'd be interested in doing (as well as science, music, art, architecture, (vegan) cooking, fashion, writing etc).


lets be friends <3 we have almost all the same interests :D



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21 Aug 2008, 5:19 pm

The most autistic comic to me was one who's career I'd followed since I'd first seen him on TV in the late 80's. Something about how he could take the usual Rolodex of contemporary comic material and contort it into something more signature and offbeat. He had a technical timing in his performance skill that not even Carlin or Bruce could compete with...earning him the title of "The Comedian who never bombs".

One of the traits that impeded his success was his inability promote his ego. Most comedians can't wait to be interviewed, tell you how special they are or their opinions on current events, but he just could not do it. When he appeared on Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Letterman, he had memorable performances, but his interviews were terrible..he went into a David Lynch stupor. He couldn't talk about himself...and sometimes came off a bit retarded as he would segway into either other material or other people when asked personal questions. Eventually he would avoid interviews and perform his material only.

His appearance also hindered him in that he was too "astute", like a throwback of George Carlin in the pre-hippie days. His dress and demeanor was too "bookish" for someone of a New York Italian background. He was also known for being extremely reclusive. He only appeared in one significant movie roll as narrator and sidekick...because playing in a movie demands stressful interaction. However, when it came to heckling, he was one of the best behaved and could take a heckler's noise and turn it into a joke without being insulting.

That comedian was Richard Jeni. I recognized him from the beginning. I empathized back in the early 90's when he made a fool of himself trying to do an interview on David Letterman. Even though he seemed to be doing well in his forte, it didn't come as a complete surprise when he committed suicide.



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21 Aug 2008, 11:26 pm

Jeni reportedly had major psychotic episodes, I'm not sure about As.

Seems like every major comedian has been mentioned here as having As. Some seem much more bipolar to me, or perhaps some, schizoid. Or, merely introverted to the extreme. Actually a lot of actors are reclusive/introverted when not on stage also.

Personally the ones I would feel safest betting on for "Aspie comic" would be: Larry David, and yeh that's about it...I have forgotten the other one. Lol Every time "Curb" comes on, though, I'm thinking "Aspie. Aspie!". I'm shocked it hasn't come up as a show topic.

Possibly Richard Lewis? He's OCD-ish for sure.

I'd call Sacha Baron Cohen a narcissist before anything else. He seems wayyy too socially adept to be Aspie. (But egotistical enough to be a narcissist.)



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22 Aug 2008, 1:34 am

aguales wrote:
How about the Marx brothers? Any of them possibly aspie?


Maybe Zeppo.



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