By James Kelly
April 11, 2014
An 18-year-old autistic comedian will be performing in Charlottetown at the Rodd Royalty Inn on May 15.
Michael McCreary will be travelling Canada on a comedy tour to help people become aware of autism.
McCreary was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at age five and has always been able to make others laugh and feel happy. He decided to start comedy at an early age.
Asperger’s is an autism spectrum disorder. It usually revolves around limiting social skills of high-functioning autistic people.
Social-worker Lisa Gallant said she is happy McCreary is raising awareness of autism.
“I’m so glad people will become aware that autism doesn’t make you any less capable of things.”
Gallant works at Stars For Life, an organization created to support autistic adults.
McCreary will be all over Canada, and Gallant said he is bound to find some people who dislike his humour or feel uncomfortable.
“I think it is hilarious, but that might be because I am comfortable and work with autistic people.”
Stars For Life is hosting an event at the Rodd Royalty Inn, called Evening of the Stars, with help from Wayne Rostad. McCreary’s performance will be titled Does This Make My Asperger’s Look Big?
Rostad is a Canadian musician and television presenter. He has won many awards including a Juno for best country male artist, and multiple Gemini awards.
“Wayne Rostad hosted our event before and we are very happy to have him return,” Gallant said.
Rhea Vardy-MacPhee is the program manager at Stars For Life. She thinks McCreary’s performance will be spectacular.
“With a name as well put together as Does This Make My Asperger’s Look Big, it has to be a good comedy routine.”
McCreary goes by the stage title of the AspieComic. His humour revolves around his autism and how people react to it, as well as how he handles things in a day-to-day life.