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Aspergers 2: Independence day



Enjoying Aspergers 2: Independence Day doesn’t necessitate viewing the initial work, however, it does require an awareness of Autism Spectrum DIsorder to get engaged with the style of stand-up comedy Adam Schwartz brings to the stage. The show begins with Schwartz clearly making sure that the audience understood that he has autism, and throughout the show he weaves information about autism seamlessly into a patchwork quilt of jokes about life with autism. The audience was receptive and ready to laugh, allowing for the disjointed jokes and monotone delivery to be of little consequence. Almost every segment began with “the other day,” which is fine because what followed it was reliably entertaining. However, it accentuated the feeling of floating jokes randomly plucked from purgatory. Schwartz ends his show excellently, but couldn’t wash away the impression of having listened to a series of jokes that, delivered by one without autism, would be terribly offensive. -Trevor Robson


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Total Score
2/ 5

Reader Rating
26 total ratings



Dates / Times:
  • 8:00 pm - 2018/08/16
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Posted 2018/08/17 by



4 Reviews

    Marek Holis

    It was reliably entertaining, the audience was receptive and the show ended excellently, and yet the reviewer gives it 2 stars because the jokes, if they were “delivered by one without autism, would be terribly offensive”.

    But they WERE delivered by someone with autism, and not just anyone with autism. They were delivered by the man with autism who wrote the jokes.

    All this review tells me is that reviewer isn’t qualified to do his job. You don’t understand there is a difference between an offensive joke and you taking offence at a joke. Ironically, unless you’re also autistic, I find your review terribly offensive

    Pat Thomas

    I foud the show really funny. A perception from the other side. Unusual and sure to provoke while being amazingly funny.

    Meg Bristol

    Trevor Robeson s negative review of Asperger’s
    Independence Day surprised me. I found his comment that the
    humour in this show would be offensive to people with Autism
    coming from someone who did not have Autism strange and convoluted.
    I saw the show and found it funny and perceptive and the
    jokes about common misconceptions of Autistim hilarious.
    Schwartz’s show shines a light on a difficult and often sad
    disability with humour, and insight and I was really glad I saw

    America Bearanovsky

    holy shit, this guy’s bad
    then the next joke will have you thinking
    holy shit, this guy’s good
    this is a barrage of cringe comedy and eviscerating self-deprecation with absolutely ass delivery
    despite it all, the material is nothing short of S P I C Y
    Watch it? yes; it’s not a plan A show (7pm is a primetime spot), but it will tide you over and then some

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