Stand Up Comedy Fundraiser
Children at Risk, Ottawa and The King’s Daughters and Sons Apartments are delighted to announce a joint Fundraising Dinner – featuring Adam Schwartz!
Adam is young man diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (on the Autism Spectrum) who has written and performs a one-man stand up show entitled: “Aspergers: A Tale of A Social Misfit”.
Adam has been touring with Fringe Festivals and is visiting Ottawa this June. He has offered to fit into his tight schedule a Visit to help local Charity! This Event will support BOTH Children at Risk’s summer day camp, Camp Kaleidoscope (www.childrenatrisk.ca )AND The KDS Apartments for their new addition to their Original Apartment building for low income Seniors on Cambridge Street KDS Apartments
Here is the Info:
WHAT: Comedy show by Adam Schwartz, followed by a Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction/Raffle
WHEN: Saturday, June 16, 2018 – Show at 4 PM, followed by Dinner at 5:30 PM (Doors Open at 3 PM)
WHERE: Centretown United Church, 507 Bank Street (parking at nearby Glashan School)
HOW: Tickets are $25 Adults, $15 Children 13 & Under
Call 613-741-8255 to Pay & Reserve your Spots – only 100 persons can be accommodated!
(Payment can be done by Cash, Credit Card or Bank Etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org and use Password AdamShow2018
Aspergers A Tale of A Social Misfit. Victoria Fringe 2017. An interview with Adam Schwartz.
Adam Schwartz has been described as “brilliantly awkward” by the Winnipeg Free Press and his “timing is impeccable” by Now Toronto.
How long have you been producing work on the Fringe circuit? As an artist/company?
I have been on the Fringe circuit with Autistic Productions for 5 years.
Have you been (or will you be) taking the show to other Fringes?
I’m performing Tales of a Social Misfit - it is a stand-up comedy show about coming to terms with being on the Autism spectrum trying to make friends and win over the ladies!
Is your show a new work, or has it been performed elsewhere?
The show was actually from 5 years ago when I did my first Fringe. The show has changed over time. This is the first time I have had help from family friend and writing guru Jessica Casiro and an opening act.
Significant awards or accolades? (not just on the Fringe circuit)
I have performed the show for high schools and parent groups but the only award I have won is Patron’s Pick in Winnipeg. I have had sold out runs in Winnipeg and Toronto with the show though so that’s pretty awesome
Can you speak to the creation process of this work?
The creative process is that I write a joke and then test it out at comedy clubs to make sure it works before putting it into a Fringe show. I also delete a bunch of material to factor in Fringe sensibilities which are usually much more sensitive than young people are at the bar. I love writing as it allows me to get out all pain and frustration and turn it into something. Stand- up comedy has also helped me come to terms with my Autism.
Who will your show appeal to?
I have written the show to appeal with anyone with a sense of humour and interest in Autism. I hope it reaches further than just people with a connection to help raise awareness and help expose people to the fact that, that really awkward person they know might have Autism and they should be kinder to them
What would you say to entice a potential audience member to come?
I market the show as magnificently awkward and the most awkward show they will ever see. As many people with no connection can understand awkwardness and laugh. That was the whole appeal of Larry David and Curb your Enthusiasm.
What do you hope to inspire in your audience?
So not only do I want to inspire kindness and appreciation for those different than us, but I want people on the spectrum to know they are not alone. Also that if they work hard they can achieve more than they know. Look what curran and I achieved. This message is equally important for parents and caretakers that people on the spectrum can achieve a lot.
Is there anything I’ve missed asking you, or that you would like to comment on?
I was nominated future 40 finalist under 40 by CBC because of my advocacy work.
I also wrote a book called I have Aspergers so I’m better than you. Shh… don’t tell mom! In which I try to turn the status quo on its head by discussing the validity of the way people on the autism spectrum do things. For example taking longer to jump into a relationship and doing it in steps instead just jumping into relationships since we can’t read body language so this isn’t possible for us. It’s available on Amazon or at any of my shows. As well, I wrote the children's books "All kinds of minds" and "Ana and the substitute teacher."