“My husband is on the autism spectrum” mum-to-be Amy Schumer explains

Amy Schumer

The new special Amy Schumer: Growing is due to hit Netflix today and there’s a part in it where Amy sheds a little more light on her marriage (amidst a lot of other talk about pregnancy!)

“I really want to get this right”

The show was shot in Chicago and as Amy dived deeper into chatting about life with her hubby Chris Fischer, she struggled to find the words to explain it with clarity.

“I knew from the beginning that my husband’s brain was a little different than mine,” the comedian tells the assembled punters. 

“I have to start this over because I really want to get this right because I love him very much.”

She then swapped specifics for that initial vague statement because euphemisms aren’t anywhere near as helpful as simply being open and honest.

“My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger’s,” Amy continued. “He has autism spectrum disorder. He’s on the spectrum. And there were some signs early on.”


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“He keeps it so real”

Amy says that this autism diagnosis – which seems to be quite recent – made a lot of sense and in fact many of the characteristics that come with autism were what attracted her to Chris in the first place.

“Once he was diagnosed, it dawned on me how funny it was, because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he’s on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him,” she explained.

 “That’s the truth. He says whatever is on his mind. He keeps it so real. He doesn’t care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do.”

It’s a glimpse inside their relationship that is frankly heartening for us all. So often we might feel that we need to uphold some kind of ‘normal’ or ‘neurotypical’ veneer. But the truth is that everyone comes with their own uniqueness and it takes many different forms.

Talking about how human we are – and what makes us US – is a brilliant idea.

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My special #GROWING is available starting at midnight tonight! Thanks to the editors @kellylyonedit and @cplatas – assistant editor. @florianballhaus the DP @ryanecunningham for all post work. @rayangry for the incredible music @berniekaminski for line producing. @marcusraboydirector for watching my back while I was on stage. @tomlappinn for his camera work @kimmykuppkakes for hair @andrea_tiller for makeup @hatchgal for my dress. All the local Chicago crew from the camera ops to the PAs. Stage manager. @513designstudio for the set!Lighting design by Robert Peterson. Prompter. Everything ran so smooth! Catering to ushers. To the great audience and the people of Chicago. I am very proud of my work on this as the director and that my production company produced this. It was hard work and i was sick and pregnant. Thanks for believing i could do it @netflixisajoke Especially Robbie Lisa and Grig and Ted! Thanks @miacomedy and @janellejamescomedy for getting the crowd right. Thanks berk! Thanks to @mugsykane and @kimcaramele and @mofischhh for helping me every step of the way and telling me if my jokes sucked and slowly manipulating me into doing it at a gorgeous theater instead of a little club. @chicagotheatre is astounding. But more than anyone and im assuming no one is reading this anymore. But thank you to my husband, Chris who has kept me going during this pregnancy. His willingness and desire to be open with the world about himself and our marriage is courageous and beautiful. He makes me laugh more than anyone and he laughs at me more than anyone. I am more than grateful to have found such an amazing partner and best friend. I’m shocked. I didn’t think this love was out there for me. But it was and it is and I can’t wait to spend my life with you and our growing family. This special is dedicated to my friend @clubsodakenny son Doug and to our new baby who will be joining us very very soon.

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“Courageous and beautiful”

Amy’s credited much of her pregnancy sanity and health to Chris. She’s suffered acute hyperemesis gravidarum throughout every trimester, vomiting hundreds – almost thousands – of times since she conceived.

“Thank you to my husband, Chris who has kept me going during this pregnancy,” she said in a post on Instagram.

“His willingness and desire to be open with the world about himself and our marriage is courageous and beautiful. He makes me laugh more than anyone and he laughs at me more than anyone. I am more than grateful to have found such an amazing partner and best friend. I’m shocked. I didn’t think this love was out there for me. But it was and it is and I can’t wait to spend my life with you and our growing family.”

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