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Hilarious Duo a Backstage Force in Break-Out Year for Comedy and Autism

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Toronto, ON, May 19th, 2017 - In what looks like a typical writing room, comedians Michael McCreary and Evan Carter demonstrate how they’re quietly winning battles from centre stage, in front of thousands. McCreary, the 21 year old that rose to fame as AspieComic, a direct reference to his autism diagnosis, is perched on a barstool in his living room. With rapid fire wit, he is turning the intense, quirky stream of consciousness with his veteran coach into a killer set for Geneva Centre’s LOL for Autism. This strategy has opened doors to the most coveted stages in comedy and an international audience.

Carter breaks their intense focus to explain his approach. “I bring him in, play around some more, and send him back out (with a laugh) yelling from the sidelines.”

McCreary quips “It’s just like Rocky, one of the sequels though.” Carter is quick to add, “He’s using humour to educate and make a point, and I think it’s very impactful.”

The two met one year ago as original performers in the inaugural LOL for Autism, which launched McCreary’s break out year . Their instant comradery, followed by an influx of show offers laid a high profile training ground for the next big thing. A time elapsed camera view would span across Canada, including Toronto’s Massey Hall, St. Lawrence Centre, and McCreary’s own TEDx Talk, to new ventures in the US. He rarely stops to reflect on an overwhelming response to his audience endearing comedy; his eyes remain on the larger goal. “It’s the comic’s job to go deeper. I want to go deeper, I want to illuminate things that even people on the spectrum haven’t talked about.”

Carter likens the creative process with McCreary to a fashion show. “All we see is what comes out on the runway. Backstage there’s clothes flying, there’s mayhem. We’ve got mayhem going around here, there’s just stuff flying. I don’t think we’ve ever said ‘no’ to an idea. And we have fun with it.”

Though McCreary’s intense focus and round the clock work ethic is as disciplined as his hungry beginnings, even he recognizes a change from his LOL for Autism debut. “Last year I was militant. I stood backstage at the Glenn Gould Studio and was like ‘this is how you say this, this is how you walk, this is how you talk.’ And now it’s like, audiences will let you know what they like, and I take my cues from them.”

Headliner Patrick Haye, Host Evan Carter, and Special Guests Michael McCreary and Dawn Whitwell are in town to talk about this exciting event. All proceeds from the show will support programs for children, youth, and adults with autism.

Tickets are still available

lolforautism.com

June 16, 2016, 7:00 PM
CBC Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto
Enjoy the show plus a wine & hors d’oeuvres reception for $99

Geneva Centre for Autism is an international leader in the development and delivery of clinical intervention services and training.  As a full service agency, Geneva Centre offers personalized, strength based programming for over 3,000 individuals and families in Toronto. It’s Training Institute and International Autism Symposium build professional capacity worldwide to empower all individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to reach their full potential.

Evan Carter (left) coaches Michael McCreary (right) for LOL for Autism

Evan Carter (left) coaches Michael McCreary (right) for LOL for Autism