Why Amy Schumer Thinks Husband Chris Fisher's Autism Spectrum Disorder Is His "Superpower"

In a new interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show April 20, Amy Schumer called husband Chris Fisher the “greatest partner” and explained how an autism diagnosis changed his life.

By Mike Vulpo Apr 20, 2022 5:48 PMTags
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Amy Schumer loves Chris Fisher just the way he is.
Back in 2019, the comedian revealed in her Netflix special Amy Schumer: Growing that her husband has autism spectrum disorder. And although Amy has been open about Chris' diagnosis, she admits that people are still curious to learn more.

"People just don't know much about autism," Amy shared on the April 20 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "They're like, ‘Oh does he love to count? Should we drop a bunch of straws on the floor and will he count them?'"

When Chris married Amy in February 2018, he wasn't aware of his autism. But after taking an online test, he received an official diagnosis. According to Amy, the news allowed the pair to research more about a disorder that is estimated to affect approximately 1 in 44 people in the United States.

"It's really given us so many helpful tools," she told Ellen DeGeneres. "I think it's a good thing for people to check it out and get tested so you don't spend your whole life feeling like you're bad or wrong…my favorite people are on the spectrum."

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Amy added, "They just have different brain chemistry and they're incredible people."

According to AutismSpeaks, autism refers to a broad range of conditions often characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.

If you ask Amy, however, the father of her 2-year-old son, Gene, is "the best partner ever," and his autism diagnosis was like "getting a superpower."

"All of his behavior is kind of excused now," she joked. "If someone's telling a long, boring story, he will straight up just walk away. He'll just wander away, and I'm just still stuck there."

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