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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.

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