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Meet the Troupe of ASPERGER’S ARE US

12:33 AM

Directed by Alex Lehmann

Executive Produced by Mark and Jay Duplass

For the members of the comedy troupe "Asperger's Are Us," it’s easier to associate with a faceless audience than with their own families. 

No matter who the crowd, best friends Noah, New Michael, Jack and Ethan have one simple mantra: 
“We would much rather the audience appreciate us as comedians than people who have overcome adversity.”
In this coming-of-age heartfelt documentary, this band of brothers finds themselves at a crossroad. 

With real life pulling them apart, they decide to plan one ambitious farewell show before they all go their separate ways. 

People with Asperger’s don’t deal well with uncertainty, and this is the most uncertain time in their lives.

Alex Lehmann was born in France and studied film at Emerson College in Boston. He also directed BLUE JAY, his first narrative feature.

MEET THE TROUPE

NOAH BRITTON

Noah Britton is a psychology professor, performance artist, singer, guitarist, clothing designer, and autistic person. In addition to performing with Asperger's Are Us, he fronts the bands The Best Thing Ever, Request Freebird, and ACLU Benefit. He has worked directly with people on the autism spectrum since 2005, as therapeutic mentor, camp counselor, researcher, and member of the federal government's Interagency Autism Coordination Committee. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

NEW MICHAEL INGEMI

New Michael Ingemi was diagnosed with Asperger's as a pre-teen. He is in his junior year at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell majoring in chemical engineering. Before Asperger's Are Us, he wrote humorous websites such as "Judge a Book," which reviewed books based entirely on their covers, and "The No Ball Games Foundation," dedicated to furthering the rights of "round people." These sites are long since offline.

JACK HANKE

Jack Hanke grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where he was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 8. His previous comedy work has been posted on several websites, such as a personal site where he "interviewed Jeeves" by typing questions into AskJeeves.com. He will graduate from Gordon College this spring with a B.A. in English and political science, and is currently searching for work as a human trafficking researcher.

ETHAN FINLAN

Ethan Finlan is an aspiring transportation planner who in his spare time enjoys writing and performing sketches with his friends in the professional comedy troupe Asperger's Are Us, having written and helped write numerous sketches. Ethan is currently becoming professionally certified in geographic information systems software and is looking at graduate schools for transportation planning. His favorite song is Edward Khil's performance of "I am very glad, as I'm finally returning back home."


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