"The material I do is not really handicapped jokes," says Chris Fonseca. "It's jokes about things that happen because I'm handicapped. I'm not doing, 'Why did Helen Keller cross the road?'"

“The material I do is not really handicapped jokes,” says Chris Fonseca. “It’s jokes about things that happen because I’m handicapped. I’m not doing, ‘Why did Helen Keller cross the road?'”

What happens late at night in smoke-filled basement rooms and requires you to entertain drunk or hostile crowds and tell them things you’d never tell your mother?

Stand-up comedy, of course.

Now what if you have to be lifted onto the stage, in full view of the people you want to entertain? What if you’ve already scattered tables, chairs and patrons to clear a path through the room?

Comedy, again. The sit-down kind.

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