Funny and Disabled: An Evening of Comedy and Conversation
More than one in four adults in the United States has a disability. And yet, do you know how to be a true ally to someone, maybe yourself, with a disability? Have you felt awkward around people with disability and not known what to say and do? Have you wanted to tell your friend how you understand yourself as a disabled person but were not sure how to tell your story? Fret not! Here comes Nina G., the stuttering standup comic and co-producer of the national touring company the Comedians with Disabilities Act to lighten up a heavy subject.
Through humor and comedy, she will show us what it means to "laugh at disability" from an insider’s perspective. (When is it okay to laugh at people with disabilities? When they are holding a microphone and telling jokes.) Nina G. is the author of Stutterer Interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen. She has a doctorate in psychology and is a keynote speaker who will help us to understand what it's like to have a disability, invisible or not. From that, we'll learn how best to be an ally to someone with a disability, including being an ally to ourselves. We'll practice our new skills, have a laugh-filled evening and hopefully return home a little lighter and a lot more enlightened.
There will be an opportunity an hour before and an hour after the event for Club members, especially those with disabilities, to meet Nina G. and each another.
MLF: Personal Growth
The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, 94105
5 p.m. check-in and meet and greet with Nina G.
6 p.m. program
7 p.m. book signing