This week brought up one of our best focus chats yet, as #CPChatNow regular, Susanne Kate Jones, led a serious chat about comedy. I’m your #CPChatNow Interim Co-Host, Devin Axtman, taking you along for the ride. So, what are you waiting for? Hop aboard and let’s get geauxing!
Susanne first introduced herself by noting her comedy experience:
Susanne came up with some outstanding questions. Her first question asked about people’s favorite comedian and comedy movie or TV show:
Alena also specifically brought up how the ABC show Speechless is her favorite because it highlights disability:
Susanne next asked about the importance of comedy and humor. Members chimed in with their thoughts:
Susanne next asked if members felt there were any topics that are comedically off limits:
Members chimed in with various different topics they felt were comedically off limits:
Ultimately, we agreed it depends on the situation:
Next, Susanne asked if comedy could be used to teach about disability related issues. Members largely agreed that it can allow others to relate to CP easier.
Next, Susanne asked why members thought there were so many successful comics with CP. Members largely agreed that CP gives comics a unique story that comics can tell. Members also spoke of comedy as a coping mechanism:
Finally, Susanne asked about ways to make comedy more accessible. Members discussed various ways, focusing on physical and digital access.
This brings us to our Extend-The-Conversation Question, “What role does humor or comedy play in your daily life with CP?”
Please leave your answer in the comments and thanks for reading!
To answer the extend-the-conversation question, I use humor to keep any frustration I feel from growing out of control. I would rather laugh at myself than get mad or feel sorry for myself.