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Comedy show brings light to autism

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MISSION, KS (KCTV) -

A one-of-a-kind event wrapped up in Mission, KS, Friday night. The comedy show was about much more than the big laughs - it's proof that laughter really is the best medicine.

The people on stage at Mission Theatre's An Evening With the 'Rents were not your typical stand-up comics. They are parents of children with autism. But they are no less funny than professional comedians.

"The twist has always been that, in my experience, working with families of children with autism, that they have these really mind-blowingly funny stories and they don't really share them too much because they feel like people might judge them or there might be some kind of social component there. But their stories are funnier," said Kennan Stump with New Balloon Therapy Services.

"I think when people listen to the stories they can say, ‘Hey you know what? That could be my kid too, even if my kid's not autistic.' And when you get together with a group of people like this you're really right away, you know what the person is talking about. You understand them. You feel them on a level that, you know, I don't think other people can. So there is that camaraderie definitely," said Lou Melgarego, a parent of a child with autism.

Nearly 200 people showed up for Friday's show and the parents/comedians came from as far away as Chicago to take part in the event.

The show benefits Camp Encourage, a local summer program for autistic kids.

The organizers say they've done the research and believe the event was the first of its kind in the country. Click here to learn more.

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