Amy Schumer addresses her husband's autism: 'my favorite people are on the spectrum'

Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer attend the 94th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on March 27, 2022 in Hollywood, California
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Despite persistent discussion about that thing that happened at the Oscars she co-hosted a few weeks ago, comedian Amy Schumer has other situations to focus on.

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While chatting with Ellen DeGeneres earlier this week, the "Life & Beth” star discussed her husband Chris Fischer and how the couple is approaching his autism spectrum disorder that was diagnosed as an adult.

As Schumer is adept at doing, she took a humorous angle on the situation. She described his condition as a “superpower.”

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"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."

As People reported, the couple were married in 2018, and since then, Schumer told DeGeneres that she gets a lot of awkward questions about her husband since, as she explains, "people just don't know much about autism. They're like, 'Oh does he love to count? Should we drop a bunch of straws on the floor and will he count them?'"

Schumer admitted that initially she had a lot to learn herself, as she addressed during her 2019 Netflix special, “Growing,” where she revealed Fischer’s diagnosis to her fans. She encourages people to get tested if they suspect they might be on the spectrum.

"I think it's a good thing for people to check it out and get tested,” she suggested, “so you don't spend your whole life feeling like you're bad or wrong… my favorite people are on the spectrum."

The stigmas around autism are part of the reason the “Trainwreck” star and her husband agreed to go public with the diagnosis.

And now that they have a two-year old child together, Gene David, questions arise about the possibility of him having autism, which she addressed in an interview last month.

"I think the statistics are pretty strong toward he will most likely have autism," Schumer said. "Parents have different journeys with this. Having a child with severe autism is beyond my imagination difficult. But if Gene does wind up having ASD, I'm not looking for the signs in a way that are upsetting, I'm not hoping either way…. You just want your kids to be healthy and happy."

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