Many fans will know that comedienne Amy Schumer wed Chris Fischer back in early 2018. But something that they may not be aware of is the startling admission that the actress made about her partner during her 2019 Netflix special. “I knew from the beginning that my husband’s brain was a little different than mine,” Schumer confessed. And what she would go onto reveal regarding her spouse would leave her audience absolutely speechless.
Now a successful comic and actor, Schumer – born in 1981 – took her first shot at comedy in her early 20s. And since then, she’s ventured into writing and producing. She’s appeared in a number of movies, too, including 2015’s Trainwreck, which she wrote herself. Plus, Schumer has earned a Peabody Award for her TV sketch show Inside Amy Schumer.
Schumer has been celebrated for her outrageous brand of humor and her tendency to make light of sensitive and controversial topics. In 2015 the stand-up was listed among the world’s 100 most influential individuals by Time magazine. And the actress has also been commended for using her work to normalize serious and taboo subject matter.
Schumer’s husband, Fischer, meanwhile, was born and raised in Martha’s Vineyard. He still resides on the isle off the coast of Massachusetts, and he’s now an acclaimed chef. Having fished and hunted during his childhood, he later gained experience at Babbo – Mario Batali’s celebrated New York restaurant. And after tying the knot, Schumer and Fischer welcomed their first child into the world in May 2019.
After spending time away from Martha’s Vineyard, Fischer returned to the island to live at Beetlebung Farm, which has been in his family for more than half a century. The estate covers a little under 6 acres, and Fischer has established a market there since he moved back.
Referring to the family business, Fischer told Boston magazine in 2017, “After years of working for other people, my intuition is, ‘I’m doing this on my own terms.’” And while the chef admitted that most of the time he’s “dead broke,” he also remains committed to keeping the farm going.
And an ex-girlfriend of Fischer’s helped him out on the farm back when they were together. Esquire magazine visited Fischer’s estate in 2013 and met his then-partner. “It’s fun when we design menus together,” Fischer explained. “She grows the food, we harvest it together, and then she prints the menu, and I have no idea what it’s going to look like.”
Meanwhile, Fischer has also used his culinary expertise to write a book. The chef’s Beetlebung Farm Cookbook was well received, even earning him the prestigious James Beard award. What’s more, Barack and Michelle Obama chose Fischer’s eatery at the Beach Plum Inn as their most cherished Martha’s Vineyard restaurant. And if all that weren’t impressive enough, Fischer also has a sideline teaching gig at Boston University. So, how did he meet stand-up sensation and Hollywood actress Schumer?
Well, it’s been reported that Fischer’s sister at one point worked for Schumer as an assistant. And so, it’s possible that the sibling played the role of cupid. Plus, Schumer shot her 2018 movie, I Feel Pretty, near to Fischer’s Martha’s Vineyard residence.
A little more than a year after walking down the aisle in Malibu, Schumer and Fischer welcomed their first child: a son named Gene Attell Fischer. During and after the pregnancy, the comedienne posted updates on social media. And true to form, she didn’t hold back when it came to sharing her experiences with the world.
For example, on May 24, 2019, Schumer uploaded to her Instagram story a candid image documenting one of baby Gene’s early milestones. The photo shows her and Chris in a bathroom wearing casual sweats and looking a little on the damp side. And along with the snap, Schumer included some of her signature dry humor. “First bath no problem,” the post read.
But despite the obvious irony, Schumer nonetheless looks decidedly happy after making it through the parenting challenge. Fischer seems very proud, too, looking down and smiling at baby Gene, who’s contentedly drinking milk from a bottle. Needless to say, fans found the photo honest and adorable.
Another candid moment came shortly after Gene was born, when Schumer and Fischer were pictured out and about in New York City. The couple were spotted again wearing casual clothes and walking in a park with their new member of the family. And their little fur baby Tati accompanied them, too.
Back to the birth, Gene coincidentally entered the world on Sunday, May 5, 2019 – the very same day that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s son, Archie, arrived. And Schumer hilariously pointed this fact out on Instagram that evening with a cute snap of Gene and a message that read, “Our royal baby was born.”
Plus, the way in which Schumer announced her pregnancy back in October 2018 left her fans amused, too. She initially hinted at the news by superimposing her and Fischer’s faces onto a picture of Meghan and Harry. Then, the comic directed her followers to a friend’s Instagram page, where, hiding at the bottom of a list of candidate recommendations for the midterm elections, were the words, “I’m pregnant – Amy Schumer.”
It’s worth noting, however, that Schumer’s pregnancy wasn’t all fun and games. In fact, the actress endured bouts of hyperemesis gravidarum, which is a complication that results in particularly unpleasant morning sickness. And yet despite such difficulties, the stand-up still managed to entertain her followers by squeezing in a quick photo opportunity on the Metropolitan Art Museum’s historic staircase en route to the hospital to give birth.
And incredibly, Schumer was even back on stage within a fortnight of going into labor. But such a speedy return to work drew criticism from some people. In Schumer’s true brazen fashion, though, she responded to the negative comments by sharing a picture on Instagram of her using a breast pump with the caption, “Sending out love to the moms shaming me for doing stand-up last night!”
It’s fair to say, then, that Schumer isn’t shy when it comes to sharing her personal life with the world; in fact, it’s arguably what’s made her so successful. And during the comedienne’s Netflix special Amy Schumer: Growing, which aired in March 2019, things were no different. Schumer made a candid confession about her husband – and the diagnosis that has affected their lives. “I have to start this over, because I really want to get this right because I love him very much,” she began.
That same month, Schumer told Seth Meyers why she’d chosen to open up about Fischer’s condition. According to the I Feel Pretty actress, she’d spoken out in the hope of raising awareness about the diagnosis and removing the stigma around it. You see, Schumer revealed that her husband is “on the spectrum” for autism disorder.
And Schumer believes that some people may not want to be diagnosed with autism because of the connotations surrounding the disorder. Speaking about Fischer, she told Meyers, “The tools that we’ve been given have made his life so much better and our marriage and our life more manageable. So, I just wanted to encourage people to not be afraid of that stigma.”
In fact, Schumer suspects that many people with autism “go undiagnosed” – something that she feels is unnecessary given all of the support that’s now available for people who are on the spectrum. And she firmly believes that no one should be ashamed of the diagnosis. After all, the comedian spoke about how great her husband is regardless of his autism. “He’s an amazing guy,” she said.
“My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger’s. He has autism spectrum disorder. He’s on the spectrum,” Schumer revealed on Growing. “And there were some signs early on.” Indeed, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is usually diagnosed in early childhood, although sometimes it isn’t noticed until adulthood. That’s because symptoms can be overlooked or mistaken for other conditions.
“Once [my husband] was diagnosed, it dawned on me how funny it was, because all of the characteristics that make it clear that he’s on the spectrum are all of the reasons that I fell madly in love with him,” Schumer revealed to her audience on the Netflix special.
According to the Mayo Clinic, ASD is caused by the way in which the brain grows, and it affects an individual’s perception of and interaction with others. And while symptoms vary, they may include difficulty understanding facial expressions, delayed speech and trouble maintaining relationships.
Indeed, those with autism tend to view their environment in ways that are different to other people. And this in turn can make it difficult for them to understand others’ problems. Autism is also a spectrum condition, which means that it doesn’t affect everyone in the same manner.
“People with Asperger’s often have difficulties with social situations and can have hard times recognizing facial expressions and body language,” Autism Society of America spokesperson Anne Nebeker informed Health. “Many of these people also have very specific interests and rigid schedules they like to adhere to.”
In fact, in excess of 3 million people in the U.S. have some type of autism, according to Health. And it’s important to note that the condition can be very expensive. It is strongly advised by the Autism Association of America that people should be diagnosed as early as possible by a specialist, because only then can the required support be properly given.
And so, it’s crucial for people such as Schumer to help raise awareness about autism. During the Netflix special and on social media, the stand-up has made her support for Fischer and his disorder clear. In fact, she believes that the condition is a big part of what makes her partner special. “Thank you to my husband, Chris, who has kept me going during this pregnancy,” she wrote on Instagram on March 18, 2019.
Schumer’s post continued, “[My husband’s] willingness and desire to be open with the world about himself and our marriage is courageous and beautiful. He makes me laugh more than anyone, and he laughs at me more than anyone. I am more than grateful to have found such an amazing partner and best friend.”
In fact, Schumer believes that autism can be positive in certain ways – particularly when it comes to her relationship. She’s admitted, for instance, that she benefits from her partner’s honesty. “If I say to him, ‘Does this look like s**t?’ He’ll go, ‘Yeah, you have a lot of other clothes. Why don’t you wear those?’” she said on Growing. “But he can also make me feel more beautiful than anyone ever has in my whole life.”
That said, Schumer also reminded her audience that she can’t speak for other people’s experiences. “Chris’ trajectory is not like everybody on the spectrum, but this is our story,” Schumer added. “I don’t want to make it sound like I’m so nice that I married someone on the autistic spectrum. I fell in love with him, and I wouldn’t trade him in for anybody.”
After Schumer’s courageous stand, autism groups praised the star for her honesty about her experiences. “The more autism is in the news, the more positive it is,” said Molly Ola Pinney of the Global Autism Project in March 2019, according to USA Today.
Plus, Pinney explained that pointing out that there are successful people with autism may help more people to accept the condition. She also admitted, however, that not everyone who was diagnosed is prosperous and successful. Indeed, The Washington Post stated that up to 90 percent of those with ASD are either underemployed or not employed at all.
Meanwhile, Zoe Gross from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network also praised Schumer for depicting autism as something positive. “It’s really crucial that people are presented with this kind of idea that autistic people are in loving relationships,” Gross told USA Today.
Plus, Eric Garcia, a journalist at The Hill who is autistic himself, shared his support for Schumer’s advocacy. “Schumer demonstrated how people with ASD and ‘NTs’ – or neurotypicals – can be in relationships,” he tweeted. “Most #ActuallyAutistic people I have seen on Twitter love what @amyschumer said. Also, good on Amy for showing that Autistic and NT people can be compatible.”
Hopefully, given the strides that have been made in the medical world and the willingness of people in the public eye to speak out, autism is less of a taboo subject these days. But Schumer and Fischer aren’t the only famous faces who’ve demonstrated that ASD shouldn’t be regarded negatively.
One example is Dan Harmon, who’s a successful producer and writer. He’s worked on projects such as NBC’s Community and Rick and Morty for Adult Swim. And while writing a character for the former, Harmon learned about autism and began to suspect that he himself had the condition. The diagnosis was later made official by his doctor.
Going a bit further back in time, there’s musical legend Wolfang Amadeus Mozart. The composer is universally regarded as a genius – and there’s compelling evidence that he had high-functioning autism, too. For instance, Mozart apparently had difficulty keeping his hands and feet still, and it’s said that he displayed facial tics.
In addition, actress Daryl Hannah, who became a star in the 1980s and has since appeared in the likes of Kill Bill, was diagnosed with autism at an early age. And yet she has nonetheless enjoyed a bright Hollywood career. Hannah didn’t speak publicly about her condition until she reached her 50s, though.
Schumer, meanwhile, celebrates Fischer’s autism as one of the reasons that she fell in love with him. After all, he always tells the truth, and he “keeps it so real.” In a March 2019 Instagram post, the comedienne touchingly wrote, “I’m shocked. I didn’t think this love was out there for me. But it was, and it is, and I can’t wait to spend my life with you and our growing family.”