“…comedy’s all about breaking the ice on topics that people are too scared to talk about…”
Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCreary is a memoir about a young comedian who was diagnosed at an early age with Autism and it is brilliant. I think the best thing about this book is how utterly honest it is. Within mere moments, readers are able to truly get to know the author almost as though they had spent a fair amount of time sat down conversing with him. Michael McCreary has a lot to say and much of the world has a lot to learn from him.
The book begins with Michael, young and undiagnosed, and takes its readers on a journey through the ups and downs of growing up atypical in a world full of neurotypicals. Filled with humorous jokes, Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic educates readers in a way that I think will leave them wanting to know more and maybe feeling a little more empathetic than before. Understanding, after all, breeds empathy. And what better way to develop one’s understanding of a person and their experiences than from the person themselves.
I deeply enjoyed the learning experience that came alongside this book as well as having the ability to join Michael in his journey growing up on the spectrum. At times, you almost feel as though you’re moving alongside him as his life continues, a rather remarkable aspect to the novel considering the fact that he attended film camp on several occasions and is even developing a documentary of sorts.
An insightful and real look into a young man’s life as he navigates the world and raises awareness about an important topic that is very close to him, this book is definitely one I would recommend to everyone I know. While it’s certainly not the most comprehensive book about autism, and people should certainly read more on the subject, the strides this book achieves are quite impressive and well worth reading.
I was provided a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.