Comic Graham Kay brings his one-man show to JFL Toronto

"Pete and Me" explores life with his autistic brother through humour and storytelling

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Ottawa's Graham Kay, who now calls Brooklyn home, has built up quite the comedy résumé. He's toured clubs around North America, appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and featured in festivals like Just for Laughs in Montreal and the Halifax Comedy Festival.

Recently, Graham has shifted his focus to a new one-man show called "Pete and Me: A Non-Depressing Look at Autism and Family", where he uses fuses storytelling with his incredible joke-writing to talk about his experiences growing up with an autistic brother, from childhood to today. The show, which was workshopped at small venues around NYC, provides a space for conversations that don't often get had, and has earned Graham great reviews.

Now he's bringing the show to JFL Toronto to end off September, with more dates at the Under St Marks Theater in NYC to follow in October. Before coming to Toronto, I had the pleasure of speaking with Graham about what went into the show, the lack of support for adults with autism, how his childhood shaped his sense of humour, his podcast "Autastic" with fellow comic Kirk Smith, and the perfect set-up for a stand-up comedy venue.

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Tags: Graham Kay, JFL Toronto, Just for Laughs, stand-up comedy, one-man show, autism, comedy clubs, Brooklyn, Ottawa

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