DisArt: 'Authentic laughter' can open dialogue, combat stigma
A DisArt and LaughFest partnership puts the spotlight on disability awareness.
DisArt director Chris Smit says collaborating with the annual comedy festival was a natural fit -- both see humor as a way to open dialogue.
"What we find really exciting is authentic laughter that comes from the disabled perspective," he says, "and that can be restorative in a way that no other emotion can be."
DisArt sponsors national performer Drew Lynch’s appearance Thursday night at the Wealthy Theatre.
Lynch is a stand-up comic and runner-up of last year’s America’s Got Talent. He developed a stutter in adulthood after a sports injury.
Smit says Lynch’s comedy lets the audience connect on a personal and authentic level.