Amy Schumer' new HBO Max documentry deals with husbands ASD

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06 Jul 2020, 4:23 am

Amy Schumer’s HBO Max Docu-Series ‘Expecting Amy’

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Here, Schumer works up a Netflix special while adjusting to a still fairly new marriage to Chris Fischer, a chef whose autism spectrum disorder becomes a part of Schumer’s act, to which he doesn’t exactly object, but doesn’t exactly not.


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10 Jul 2020, 4:22 am

How Chris Fischer's Autism Diagnosis Brought Him & Amy Schumer Closer Together

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During her 2019 Netflix special Growing, Amy Schumer revealed that her husband, Chris Fischer, is on the autism spectrum. "I knew from the beginning that my husband's brain was a little different than mine," she explained. "And 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."

The comedian's new HBO Max docuseries, Expecting Amy, takes viewers inside the months leading up to and after Fischer's diagnosis. During that time, Schumer was pregnant and dealing with severe nausea from a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum, and the show is first and foremost a testament to the way she balanced her career and personal life during an excruciating pregnancy. But it's also a tribute to her relationship with Fischer and the deep understanding they've grown to have of one another. It was Schumer, after all, who encouraged him to get tested.

"You have paid attention to my behavior in a way that nobody had before, and noticed things because you're very observant and kind of put together the pieces," the chef tells his wife at one point.

Expecting Amy depicts some of the behavior Schumer noticed, such as Fischer being unaware of his facial expressions, not making sustained eye contact, and being honest to a fault. As Schumer jokes in one of her stand-up sets, Fischer has no problem telling her she looks "like sh*t" when she asks for his opinion on an outfit. "But then also, when he tells me I look beautiful, I know he really means it," she says.

n Episode 2, Fischer explains that his family never fought growing up, largely because they just avoided talking about their issues. As a result, he never really learned how to communicate effectively or have productive arguments. This trickled into his relationship with Schumer. "I wouldn't know how to communicate with him," Schumer recalls in the series. "And we would kind of hit a dead-end."

Of course, Schumer's upbringing also impacted their relationship. She says that she's always made fun of people as a means of affection, but that it sometimes comes across as mean to her husband. She had a hunch that he was on the spectrum and knew she needed to do better too, but says she wanted help knowing what to do.

"Our arguments are generally never malicious; they become emotional because we're not listening," Fischer tells the camera. "One of us isn't understanding what the other person's saying. It's an inability to communicate."

After Fischer was diagnosed, things changed. Their ASD specialist, Dr. Kimberly Gilbert, helped the couple explain what behaviors upset each of them and gave them tools to handle disagreements. "[Getting diagnosed has] been very empowering," Fischer says. "And this morning I woke up so happy and grateful. The more I understand about it, the more excited I am."


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07 May 2021, 5:40 am

Amy Schumer gets candid about her husband’s autism diagnosis with an emotional tribute

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Comedian Amy Schumer has celebrated her son ‘Geenie Panini’s’ birthday and opened up about her husband’s diagnosis with autism.

Amy Schumer has been married to her husband Chris Fischer since 2018 and the two share a two year old son named Gene. In a post celebrating her son’s birthday, Amy opened up about her husband’s diagnosis with autism and what that has meant for their family.

The star shared two personal images on Instagram. The first showed Amy and her husband during her c-section that brought their son into the world. The second image was a photo of her husband Chris cradling their son as a new born as as a new born as they both looked at one another.

In the caption Amy wrote that she was feeling emotional about her husband on her son's birthday. She said, “Today is our son’s birthday and I woke up emotional as hell thinking about my husband, Chris.

Amy then spoke about his autism diagnosis, she said, “also he has autism spectrum disorder. Being tested and diagnosed has helped us communicate and support each other better.” Amy went on to talk about her documentary Expecting Amy and how that has helped other people get tested. She said, "people have reached out to us saying that seeing our doc #expectingamy motivated them to get tested and that it has changed their lives. We want to encourage parents and people to give themselves the gift of information so people can function to the best of their abilities and remove any stigma that comes with autism.”


Nice to see a celebrity advocate in a way that does not promote stereotypes.


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07 May 2021, 8:55 am

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... Schumer works up a Netflix special while adjusting to a still fairly new marriage to Chris Fischer, a chef whose autism spectrum disorder becomes a part of Schumer’s act, to which he doesn't exactly object, but doesn't exactly not.
"Not objecting" is not the same as "Giving consent".

Ask any rape victim.


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