There’s a new documentary about Asperger’s that just came out–and everyone needs to see it. The movie is the brain child of comedians Jack Hanke, New Michael Ingemi, Ethan Finlan, and Noah Britton, who are part of the “Asperger’s Are Us” comedy troupe. What makes their group so unique is that it’s comprised entirely of men on the autism spectrum.
The “Aspergers Are Us” group first garnered attention in 2011 and are now the subject of a new documentary, also titled “Aspergers Are Us,” which was released on iTunes this week and will be available for streaming on Netflix in December. The director Alex Lehmann told The Mighty why he wanted to make the film:
“I had come across an article about [‘Aspergers Are Us’] and I loved everything about them. Their energy, their sense of humor, everything drew me in. Their troupe defied my preconceptions of autism, which meant I could make a movie where I was asking a question instead of presenting an answer.”
The documentary centers around the four friends, who met at summer camp when they were young, as they prepare for their final show together as “Aspergers Are Us.” Britton, one of the troupe members, said how he wants people to stop tokenizing people with Asperger’s:
“[W]e hope people become interested in us as comedians and want to see us be funny on stage. Much less importantly, we hope people stop tokenizing Aspies and see us as a legitimate comedy troupe.”