If I Laugh at That, Am I Going to Hell?

Disabilities aren't funny. Except when they are. “I use the term 'wheelchair comedian' because I'm tired of hearing the giggles when I tell people I do standup,” Michael O'Connell says. Eric Mee, who lost his sight at age 19, says of his condition, “People watch a blind guy like they watch NASCAR. They're just waiting for the wreck.” Steve Danner, a little person, is equally as blunt: “Objects onstage are closer than they appear.” These are the members of The Comedians with Disabilities Act, who met on the comedy circuit and knew immediately they'd be stronger together by ripping not only on each other but also their audiences. Not surprisingly, they also find strength and solidarity in humor. Mee, who goes by “Cane and Shades,” says making his friends and family laugh was the only guaranteed way he found to stop them from feeling pity. The trio's special guest will be Nina G, who speaks with a stutter. Ms. G, who finds comedy a great complement to her activism, says she's tired of promoters giving her advice on how to get rid of her stutter. “That wouldn't be a good idea,” she says, “because that's my goddamn act.”
Tue., Feb. 1, 8 p.m., 2011

 
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