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Aspergers; a Tale of a Social Misfit

Aspergers; a Tale of a Social Misfit

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One complaint about Winnipegger Adam Schwartz’s standup act — it ends too soon. Taking control of Asperger’s syndrome through comedy, Schwartz has dozens of revelatory jokes about autism, most of which begin with the word “also.” Take girls: When he meets them, he gives himself a pep talk: “Adam, they’re more afraid of you than you are of them.” Cue the rim shot.

Most of the material is clever and achingly funny, although Schwartz’s deadpan delivery works against him when a few jokes about bullying and autism’s impact on his social life elicit sympathy rather than laughter. Running under 40 minutes, the show comes to an abrupt close that’s magnificently awkward — for the audience. You should see it. Also, you will love it.

— Pat St. Germain

From the Fringe program:

High school can be a real challenge when you're a social misfit. Especially when you have Aspergers, but it's nothing compared to what comes next. Join the bumpy ride as Adam Schwartz tries to navigate his way through high school and then find his place in the local comedy scene, all while attempting to make friends and win over the ladies!

Director: Adam Schwartz

Cast: Adam Schwartz

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 45 mins.

Tickets: $9

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors

Under 11 not admitted.

Warnings: Subject Matter

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