Amy Schumer Says Husband Chris Fischer Was Diagnosed With Autism Spectrum Disorder While They Were Dating
- Amy Schumer talks about her husband’s autism spectrum disorder diagnosis in her new Netflix special, Growing.
- Amy says Chris was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder while they were dating.
- Autism spectrum disorder manifests differently in everyone, but often includes difficulty making eye contact and sustaining conversations.
Amy Schumer definitely hasn’t been shy about her pregnancy issues (she’s been suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum—essentially constant vomiting, worse than morning sickness).
Now, in her new Netflix special Growing, which is out today, Amy digs into another personal aspect of her life: Her marriage to chef Chris Fischer, whom she wed last February in California. (Don’t worry—she still talks about her pregnancy issues, too).
In the hour-long stand-up show, Amy talks about Chris’ diagnosis with autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disorder that affects a person’s communication and behavior, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
“I knew from the beginning my husband’s brain was a little different than mine,” says Amy in the special. “My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger’s. He has autism spectrum disorder. He’s on the spectrum. And there were some signs early on.”
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My special #GROWING is available starting at midnight tonight! Thanks to the editors @kellylyonedit and @cplatas – assistant editor. @florianballhaus the DP @ryanecunningham for all post work. @rayangry for the incredible music @berniekaminski for line producing. @marcusraboydirector for watching my back while I was on stage. @tomlappinn for his camera work @kimmykuppkakes for hair @andrea_tiller for makeup @hatchgal for my dress. All the local Chicago crew from the camera ops to the PAs. Stage manager. @513designstudio for the set!Lighting design by Robert Peterson. Prompter. Everything ran so smooth! Catering to ushers. To the great audience and the people of Chicago. I am very proud of my work on this as the director and that my production company produced this. It was hard work and i was sick and pregnant. Thanks for believing i could do it @netflixisajoke Especially Robbie Lisa and Grig and Ted! Thanks @miacomedy and @janellejamescomedy for getting the crowd right. Thanks berk! Thanks to @mugsykane and @kimcaramele and @mofischhh for helping me every step of the way and telling me if my jokes sucked and slowly manipulating me into doing it at a gorgeous theater instead of a little club. @chicagotheatre is astounding. But more than anyone and im assuming no one is reading this anymore. But thank you to my husband, Chris who has kept me going during this pregnancy. His willingness and desire to be open with the world about himself and our marriage is courageous and beautiful. He makes me laugh more than anyone and he laughs at me more than anyone. I am more than grateful to have found such an amazing partner and best friend. I’m shocked. I didn’t think this love was out there for me. But it was and it is and I can’t wait to spend my life with you and our growing family. This special is dedicated to my friend @clubsodakenny son Doug and to our new baby who will be joining us very very soon.
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Back up, what exactly does it mean to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder?
Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because there’s a lot of variation in the type and severity of symptoms people experience, according to NIMH. Symptoms usually appear within the first two years of life. While autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can manifest differently in everyone, common symptoms include making little eye contact, being slower to respond to someone working to get their attention, and having difficulties sustaining a conversation.
Amy says Chris was officially diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder while he and Amy were dating. “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,” Schumer says. “That’s the truth. He says whatever is on his mind. He keeps it so real. He doesn’t care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do.”
One example of this? Amy talks about a time when she fell in front of Chris, and his reaction was….unexpected. “Nine out of 10 people would go, ‘Oh my god, are you OK?'” Schumer explained while recalling the incident. “Maybe more like 10 out of 10 people. Instead, my husband […] kind of froze and became a lighthouse, opening and closing his mouth.”
Amy also says she benefits from Chris’s extreme honesty. “If I say to him, ‘Does this look like shit?’ He’ll go, ‘Yeah, you have a lot of other clothes. Why don’t you wear those?'” Schumer says. “But he can also make me feel more beautiful than anyone ever has in my whole life. And he can’t lie! Isn’t that the dream man?”
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