People with disabilities often have different needs than other people, but we share the same coping mechanisms as everyone else – including laughter.
“Life can be a struggle for a person living with a disability,” says rapper Greg Labine. “Many situations are challenging. We need to find ways to laugh!”
“We have an opportunity through this show to share our experiences in a light and humorous way,” adds performer Kevin Woollard.
Indeed, humour is the frame of reference for Realwheels’ production Comedy on Wheels. How does a blind person deal with well-intentioned but unhelpful suggestions from folks with perfect vision? Or, respond to a perfect stranger who asks, “How do people in wheelchairs have sex?” Or to people who don’t understand why stairs and wheelchairs don’t mix?
Humour offers a psychological solution to these challenges – and helps others to see a different side of disability as well.
“If people with disabilities can impart our humour upon our audience, then we may find it reduces the stigma,” adds performer Amy Amantea, “It makes us relatable to someone who doesn’t have a disability.”
Another performer, Dannielle Hayes, takes it even further.
“Many people make the mistake of taking life too seriously… There is always humour to keep us smiling and laughing.”
Labine, whose musical talents are featured in the show, suggests there’s a healing component to laughter. “Laughter gives energy to the soul. Life can be tiresome without a little lightening up of the heart.”
Hayes agrees. And for those wondering if laughing about disability is appropriate she adds:
“It’s okay as long as the joke is from us!”
Comedy on Wheels is a big show, with a large cast, guaranteeing laughs, diverse points of view, and surprises. Don’t miss the fun – three performances only!
Comedy on Wheels is a Realwheels production.
Three performances ONLY: Thurs-Fri-Sat, May 18-19-20, 2017
Location: Performance Works in Vancouver (on Granville Island)
For tickets and further information, visit: www. realwheels.ca.
Tickets may be purchased directly through this link: comedy-on-wheels.bpt.me
Guest blog writer: Arnold Cheng from SpectrumAbility.com