by Shaun Heasley, Disability Scoop | November 8, 2022
“Saturday Night Live” host Amy Schumer used her monologue to talk about her family’s experience since her husband was diagnosed with autism.
As host of the venerable NBC show over the weekend, Schumer said that it’s been “really positive” for her family to have her husband, Chris Fischer, diagnosed on the spectrum.
“I understand so much more about his behavior and it’s given him so many tools,” Schumer quipped. “So now, if somebody is in the middle of a long, boring story, he will straight up just walk away.”
The comedian first revealed her husband’s diagnosis in her 2019 Netflix special “Growing” where she talked about his unconventional behavior and bluntness.
During her SNL appearance, Schumer joked that other people often don’t know what to make of the situation.
“When people find out that he has autism and they don’t know much about it, they’re like, ‘does he love to count? Should we drop a bunch of straws on the floor and he can gather them and count them?’” Schumer said. “I’m like, yeah, that sounds pretty fun. I’d like to do that.”
Schumer said Fischer is not one for traditional complements, noting that he frequently tells her that she looks “comfortable.” She also recounted a recent night when the couple was sitting outside and she was feeling sentimental.
“I was like, ‘you know, even though these past couple years with the pandemic and everything, it’s been so stressful, still this time being with you, being with our son, they’ve been the best years of my life.’ And he just looked at me and he said, ‘I’m going to go put the windows up in the car,’” Schumer said. “Yeah, that’s my guy. It’s one of the times we play the game autism or just a man?”
Schumer finished off her six-minute monologue, which also touched on the midterm elections, abortion and the birth of her and Fischer’s 3-year-old son, by sharing what her husband told her just before coming on stage.
“I said, ‘babe, is this okay?’” as she motioned to her outfit. “And he said, ‘well, it’s too late.’”