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Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian's Guide to Life on the Spectrum

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  10,760 ratings  ·  1,408 reviews
Slaying autism stereotypes with stand-up, one joke at a time. Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCreary has been told by more than a few well-meaning folks that he doesn't "look" autistic. But, as he's quick to point out in this memoir, autism "looks" different for just about everyone with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Diagnose ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Annick Press
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Lorraine I personally think it would be an excellent book for young teens - with autism or neurotypical. I have seen some comments that there was swearing, whi…moreI personally think it would be an excellent book for young teens - with autism or neurotypical. I have seen some comments that there was swearing, which I truthfully don't remember. But, trust me, they've heard those words before.(less)
Lorraine I think it would be valuable to hear a little more about his brother. It might have been hard for him to include that at the time.

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Tina
This is a Non-Fiction Memoir. I really enjoyed listening to this book. I have two autistic kids (one boy and one girl) and my husband is autistic. I really love when he talks about taking the autistic test. It is an all day test, and yes some doctors are better then others. Parents has to answer a ton of question has well. My son took the test once when he was 2.5 years old and of course I was the parent that went with him and answer the million questions. My daughter took the test twice (It is ...more
Andrea
I'd never heard of Michael McCreary and am not at all familiar with his work, so I went into this book totally blind, but as a memoir by a standup comedian, I was expecting it to be, well, funny. There are occasional jokes here, and the tone is mostly light, but I wouldn't really class the book as a whole as humor. It's mostly a straightforward memoir, and the problem is that, from what's been presented here, this guy's life just hasn't been interesting enough yet to justify a memoir. That's not ...more
Anna lost in stories *A*
There’s not much more I can tell you about this book than what’s already explained in the synopsis :) this is an #OwnVoices memoir written by Michael McCreary, who was diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) when he was five and how his life looked after that… how he fell in love with performing and how his everyday life was like… I am especially recommending you the audiobook version because Michael narrates it himself and it’s like a great conversation with your friend… one who quite ope ...more
Lisa
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
[3.5] This short book is an offbeat primer on autism, peppered with anecdotes on the author's life. It felt too basic for me, but I think it would be a comforting and informative guide for families (and friends) new to autism. Teens on the spectrum might also enjoy it. ...more
Amber
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a pretty good autobiography about comedian Michael McCreary who has autism and how he views life being on the spectrum. I enjoy autobiographies and reading about people who have autism and what it is like to have it through their point of view. I have autism as well and its great to read these books as they are inspiring and give great life lessons like never give up on your dreams and more.

Be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.
☮Karen
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I borrowed this on a spur of the moment knowing nothing about it, because (1) it was short, and (2) I admittedly know very little about autism but have been curious, especially since there is a teenage boy in the neighborhood. The author was diagnosed as being on the spectrum at the age of five, after his parents already had one autistic son. The two boys together illustrate how wide the spectrum is, and how one can change, for better or worse, after that first initial diagnosis. While Michael f ...more
Becky
Shit. I was doing just fine listening to this, and then literally, in the space of one sentence in the epilogue, I'm crying and heartbroken. Not. Cool.

I snagged this on a whim as it was one of those virtual book club reads from one of the digital libraries that I use. For most of this short audiobook, I could identify with the title. Michael McCreary does not come across as stereotypically autistic. Obviously, it's a spectrum, and people with autism/ASD will have varying degrees of "presentatio
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Mariah Roze
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was the free library book for the month. Which means there is an unlimited amount of people that can check it out at the same time. So of course, I had to check it out! Michael McCreary was hilarious! I think his book is great for anyone to read. He really educates others about Autism, but in an easy, funny way.

I suggest the book to everyone!

"Slaying autism stereotypes with stand-up, one joke at a time. Like many others on the autism spectrum, 20-something stand-up comic Michael McCre
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Bam cooks the books ;-)
**World Autism Awareness Day--April 2, 2020**
**Big Library Read Online Media pick for March 23-April 13, 2020**

"What is autism?"

"The simplest definition is that autism is a neurological variation. In less fancy language, it's a difference in your brain and how it's wired. You see and process things differently from people who are the norm--what we in the ASD community call neurotypical.

Michael McCreary is a twenty-something stand-up comedian who was diagnosed with autism at the age of five. He
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Banshee
The memoir wasn't exactly laugh-out-loud funny for me, but I enjoyed the light-hearted tone used for the subject that can be very heavy and I cracked a smile a few times.

It was interesting to see the world from a subjective perspective of a person on a spectrum. I would be interested to read more #ownvoices non-fiction like this.

I have 2 complaints, though:
1. Some of the examples of the situations weren't well-selected, in my opinion, to see the uniqueness of an ASD-wired brain. Many neurotypica
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Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: march-2020
a heart touching read that was a BIG LIBRARY READ from toronto public library
Emma-Kate Schaake
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoir
A super quick read without much substance. Yay for representation, but, as the writer himself even mentions, there’s not a lot of profound reflection to happen when you’re 22 (and have had a upper middle class, medically cared for ASD upbringing, with the privilege of chasing comedy dreams at 18).
breana / milkyboos ♡
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
This memoir was short and sweet, but I think it could have been great had it been written once McCreary had about 30 more years of life experience under his belt. There just isn’t much substance yet, and it shows.

Maybe I feel this way because the author is (I’m 99% sure) the same age as me and I definitely feel like I haven’t lived enough to write a whole book about it, but I do think a younger reader (especially one also on the spectrum) might really enjoy this memoir.

All this being said, I’m
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Carmel Hanes
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
For those who don't have much background in ASD, this book offers a good close-up of some of the challenges it offers, along with how this particular person learned and coped over the years. It's a good reminder that the diagnosis doesn't mean anything in particular, as the spectrum is as wide as all humanity, and how it manifests covers enough ground to circle the earth.

It was interesting to hear his journey and I was occasionally surprised by what worked for him, despite my years of working w
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BookNightOwl
Apr 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Listen to the audiobook. Wanted more of a backstory from him. But listen to it all in one sitting.
Dru83
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michael McCreary is a comedian from Canada who has autism. His memoir tells his story of growing up as a person with autism. He shares many hilarious and embarrassing stories about how his condition affected his childhood. McCreary shares his experiences in acting classes and in becoming a comedian as well as his interactions with famous people including Adam Savage and Temple Grandin. His book also includes several in between sections that describe how certain situations appear for those with a ...more
Celine
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nd
I cannot decide on a star rating right now because on the one hand it was a read that didn't like...touch me a lot but then again the ending made me almost tear up. Also like...part one didn't really get me but part two and three were really good? And I liked the humor and it was a good way to start Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month. So I guess four stars it is? ...more
Rissa
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Funny you dont look autistic ⭐️
I love to laugh hence Im a big fan of comedy. This not only made me laugh but i feel like i learned a lot about autism and some of the added struggles they can have because human beings are awful.
I also liked that it was short but had alot packed into it.
Sara
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny, memoir, canadian, ya
An engaging memoir from a young aspie comedian. Lots of LOLs.
Moonkiszt
This was a fun read/listen. . . .the author narrating. Short and a good education for me. I've spent a good portion of my life with my focus on my focus, tuning out anything that hasn't been my focus. I am learning as my body ages and turns into a poor version of all those warrior grandmas I loved, that limited focus (aka My Way) is a luxury. So with this broadened horizon I've been dragged to. . .here we go! Learning new stuff. Better late than never, and yep, I'm sorry kids. You did a great jo ...more
Izza
Apr 15, 2020 rated it liked it
3.25 stars | Listened to this audiobook while playing Animal Crossing. Some parts were funny, some a little more serious, but overall, for me, it was just an okay read.

Disclaimer: I had no idea who Michael McCreary was before I picked this up. Maybe I would've enjoyed it more if I had...
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Maggie
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining and amusing. Funny, but not hilariously wet-my-pants funny. I probably learned a few things too.
Stacie
I appreciate what this book is doing in terms of educating and spreading awareness of ASD. From that standpoint, I think it is doing great things. On the other hand, the overall writing style wasn't my cup of tea. I've never seen any of McCreary's stand-up before, so I didn't know what to expect in terms of his comedy. This leaned much too heavily on dad-jokes and general cheesiness for my usual preferences.

I can see how others might get into it, but it wasn't fully for me. Again, I think this
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Maria Elena
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I just finished listening to this book... and I am struggling with my words.
It had funny moments, but in my view it was not a comedy, but a testimony about how life looks from the perspective of someone in the spectrum.
I feel like a different person.
Thank you, Michael.
Jewlsbookblog
Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic by Michael McCready is on Overdrive as a Big Library Read until April 13 and I highly recommend checking it out! Michael’s writing was conversational, funny, serious, and very easy to relate to. If I had to point a book to a non-autistic person to read, this would be one of them! The information isn’t overwhelming, blocks of facts are given, as well as-and most importantly-a very relatable perspective!

They say it takes a village to raise a child and that’s such a
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Erica
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of funny moments, but that's to be expected from a comedian. ...more
ReadBecca
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library
I don't know if I would have found this if it weren't the Big Library Read (overdrive), but I did really enjoy it. It's a quite short and quick moving mix of memoir, humor, and autism education. I think McCreary did a really great job of not just communicating the basics of living as a person on the spectrum, but also the broad range of ways that those on the spectrum may present, as well as debunking some long held myths. He's also really funny. ...more
Zoé
Read as part of the Big Library Read

This memoir touches upon Michael McCreary's life experiences as an autistic person. It relies mostly on anecdotes, many of which taught him valuable life lessons and can provide enlightenment on common challenges and experiences of people with ASD. I thought the first part of this memoir was the strongest, partly because his anecdotes from his childhood were my favourite ones and also because the author had enough distance to use them effectively in his narra
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TraceyL
I had never seen this author's stand-up comedy before. The book was on sale on Audible, and since I haven't read anything about autism before, and it's from a Canadian author, I picked it up.

It's fine. It wasn't nearly as funny as I was hoping it would be. The writing wasn't great. There were a few interesting anecdotes but that's about it.
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Marta
“Am I a comic, or am I an autism advocate who tells some jokes?” - wonders McCreary, and it sort of sums the book up for me. He is a twenty-two year old stand-up comic with autism. How much life experience does a sheltered kid have? Well, predictably, grammar school, middle school, high school, and a few comedy shows at autism events. So this book mostly reads like a kid’s school experiences intermixed with PSAs about autism.

His writing provides valuable insight into an autistic person’s mind, e
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