Asperger's Are Us – 'We probably unintentionally offend audience members a lot more often than neurotypical comedians'
- Kirstyn Smith
- 23 May 2017
The Netflix-starring comedy outfit take their not-sappy sketch fare on tour
The main thing to remember about US comedy troupe Asperger's Are Us is that they're nothing like 'the fictional portrayals on popular rubbish sitcoms' (yes Big Bang Theory, we're looking at you). 'Being held as "poster boys" for the Asperger's community is very weird,' says Noah Britton, one of the four comics in the sketch team. 'We're very grateful for all the attention we've received, and we continue to push ourselves to be funnier and funnier to keep earning it.'
About ten years ago, the four-piece met when one was a camp counsellor and the others were his campers. Since 2010, they've been creating comedy together, and were even the subject of a documentary. 'It's called Planet Earth and is narrated by David Attenborough. We appear in the wide shots and weren't even paid for our appearances.' As luck would have it, they were in a second documentary (on Netflix) called, appropriately, Asperger's Are Us, which is described on their Twitter page as 'accidentally-misleading'.
'It's been very helpful for getting us publicity, but shows the less comedic side of us,' says Britton, diplomatically. 'It still has some good funny parts mixed in with the sappy drama, though.' For what their humour is actually like, think absurdist sketches with a healthy dose of wordplay (fans of Vic & Bob, Jimmy Carr and Monty Python should lap it up). Or, as Britton puts it: 'We probably unintentionally offend audience members a lot more often than neurotypical comedians do and we apologise in advance if any of our fans are stupid enough to be offended. If you caught the sarcasm in that, you'll probably enjoy our show.'
Asperger's Are Us are on tour until Sat 22 Jul.