Amy Schumer is all about dispelling the stigma surrounding individuals with autism, and on Wednesday, she opened up to Late Night host Seth Meyers to talk about her own husband’s diagnosis.
Meyers began the conversation by noting that he respected how Schumer, 37, had talked so candidly about her husband Chris Fischer’s diagnosis on her second comedy special, Growing, calling the diagnosis a “sum positive” for their marriage.
“Yeah, totally,” Schumer agreed. “That’s why we both wanted to talk about it, because it’s been totally positive. And I think a lot of people resist getting diagnosed, and even with some of their children, ‘cause of the stigma that comes along with it.”
Schumer and Fischer, who married last February, have found being open about the diagnosis has been helpful, however. The pair are using their own experience to speak out in hopes that other individuals and couples who fear the stigma will get tested.
“You’re not just diagnosed and then they throw you out,” she said. “Hopefully, if you can get help, the tools that we’ve been given have made his life so much better and our marriage and our life more manageable, and so I just wanted to encourage people to not be afraid of that stigma.”
One of the particularities of their relationship—which serves as both a positive and a negative, Schumer said—is that part of Fischer’s condition means that he can’t lie.
“It’s a dream, but it’s also like a real nightmare,” she said. “He’s here, and I came out right before, ‘cause I changed outfits. I’m like, ‘Does this look OK?’ And he was like, ‘Well, it’s too late.’ He’s right, though, it was too late!”
Schumer also noted that Fischer can’t lie for her either, which is sometimes frustrating when she’s trying to leave a dinner party or event early, and Fischer candidly offers up, “Oh, we’ve got nowhere to go.”
The comedienne also cautioned that she knows Fischer’s situation is not necessarily everyone else’s, and that every diagnosis is slightly different.
“His life and his trajectory—that’s not like everybody on the spectrum, but that’s our story,” she said. “He’s an amazing guy. I don’t want to make it sound like, ‘I’m so nice that I married someone with autism.’ I fell in love with him and I wouldn’t trade him in for anybody.”
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