Jerry Seinfeld Thinks He's on the Autism Spectrum (VIDEO)

 

Jerry SeinfeldJerry Seinfeld, the comedian who has made a career with a hit TV show about "nothing" and doing stand-up about basic everyday observations, revealed something fascinating last night. Jerry told Brian Williams during a sit-down on NBC Nightly News that he believes he's autistic.

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Jerry has been a supporter of autism events and charities over the years like Autism Speaks and believes that as he's learned more about it that he's on the spectrum, "on a very drawn-out scale."

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Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I'm very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don't know what they're saying. But I don't see it as dysfunctional, I just think of it as an alternate mindset.

Autism is like a snowflake in that it doesn't manifest the same way in everyone. There is still so much we don't know about autism, and I think it's really brave and encouraging of Jerry to come out and admit this. Plus if you're a fan of Seinfeld or watch Jerry's hilarious web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, then you know that Jerry's humor is all about observing what's happening around him and trying to make sense of it. This isn't an uncommon trait with autistic children, so I hope it brings comfort to any parent who receives this diagnosis for their child. Many autistic children go on to lead very normal -- and successful -- adult lives.

I think that if Jerry can make others more aware of just how broad autism is, hopefully it'll get a conversation going about the bigger picture of what needs to be done to treat it across the board from the mild to severe to raise awareness and research.

Are you surprised by Jerry's confession?


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