Autastic: A Comedians Guide to Autism

Autastic: A Comedians Guide to Autism


Autism is not all gloom and doom. A weekly podcast about the lighter side of living with Autism. The Autastic Podcast is hosted by Graham Kay and Kirk Smith who are both comedians living in Los Angeles. Kirk has a teenaged son with Autism and Graham has an autistic adult brother. Together they talk about the lighter side of living with and coping with autism.


Ep. 104: Are you expectations for your too low?  

We cover a great article in the NY Times about a person with Autism who exceeded his parents expectations.

Sometimes it seems we are not able to track the progress people will make and we don't have realistic exceptions...our expectations are too low.

Ep. 103: No one person speaks for the whole Autism community  

This week we discuss how no one person speaks for the whole Autism community.

Also Kirk finishes up at the Edinburgh fringe, and the reviews are in...we discuss.




EP. 102: You can be part of an Autism research project!  

This week we talk to Dr. Lord from the Center for the Autism and Developing Brain.  They have a large study opening up.  You can be a part.

The Center for Autism and the Developing Brain (CADB) teamed up with the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) to share information about a new research study called SPARK. SPARK is a free online study with a simple mission: to speed up research and advance the understanding of autism. SPARK aims to be the largest study of its kind with the goal of building a community of 50,000 individuals with autism and their families across the nation. The entire autism community is encouraged to participate, including adults and children diagnosed with autism, as well as their biological parents and siblings. By joining SPARK, you’re helping accelerate research to find causes and treatments for autism. Additionally, you will receive: updates on the latest research; access to experts who will arm you with information to help address daily situations; results from the analysis of your or your family’s DNA, in the event that you opt to receive this information and a genetic cause for autism is identified; individuals with autism will receive gift cards valued at up to a total of $50 for participation.  To learn more about SPARK and register online via a secure portal, visit

Ep. 101: Peter has more jobs and Kirk had a great time in Sweden with JJ  

This week, Peter gets more jobs and is doing great.  Kirk is in Sweden to see JJ.  JJ decides to shave his own head, pictures on Kirk's instagram.

Ep. 100: We celebrate the 100th episode  

Unbelievable we have done 100 episodes,  This week we talk about some of our favorite moments.  Thank you so much for the support, we love you guys.

Ep 99. Scams targeting people with Autism  

In the news, there are scams targeting people with Autism.  Also Graham does not want to go on a romantic getaway with Peter to the Bahamas and Graham is flustered with Kirk's disroganization


Ep. 98:  Science about autism's link to smoking and Schizophrenia  

This week we talk about the link between grandma's smoking and their grandkids autism.


Also we talk about links between autism and Schizophrenia.

Ep. 97: This week, Naoki Higashida:author of The Reason I Jump  

This week, Naoki Higashida the author of The Reason I Jump.

Ep. 96: Graham talk about Peter (Kirk is on Hiatus).  

Graham talk about Peter (Kirk is on Hiatus). Also we interview Peter.  

Ep. 95: Some very very sad news  

This week we have terrible news.  Lorena JJ's mom passed away unexpectedly.  Hug your family.

Ep. 94: Interviewing Renee Gardner and Kirk is sick and loopy  

Our final interview from the conference, Jill interviews Renee Gardner, PhD, of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.  Also Kirk is sick and does not make any sense.

Ep. 93: Autism Speaks Chief Science officer speaks  

This week Jill Esher travels to San Francisco to attend the International meeting for Autism research.  We have interviews of:

Dr. Tom Frazier, new chief science officer for Autism Speaks


Dr. David Amaral, research director at the UC Davis MIND Institute

Dr. Thomas Avino, UC Davis, discussing Autism BrainNet

I hope you enjoy this weeks special episode about the brain.



Ep. 92: Study links intelligence genes to Autism  

This week we discuss a new genetic study identifying 40 new intelligence genes and makes a connection to Autism.

Ep. 91: Part 3 of GAAD.  Inventor Andreas Forsland stops by  
This week we interview Andreas Forsland the inventor of Smart stones.  Also we talk about the Grey Skull cup, Peter know everyone in town.     Andreas Forsland  |   Smartstones, Inc. :prose™ translates body language into speech    | download :prose now   Get Volume Licensing for Education & Healthcare Use   2017 Roddenberry Prize Winner
2016 Edison Award Gold Winner
2016 Singularity University Grand Challenge Winner    


Ep. 90: Sooinn Lee CEO of Enuma talks apps. Part 2 GAAD  

Part 2 of Global Accessibility Awareness Day. This week we interview the CEO of Enuma, Sooinn Lee.



Ep. 89: We travel to Apple for: Global accessibility awareness day Part 1  

Global accessibility awareness dayThis week talk to Sarah Herrlinger, senior manager of global accessibility policy and initiatives at Apple. This is Part one of 3 interviews surrounding Global Accessibility Awareness Day.


Apple info: Explore more about Apple accessibility and features like Guided Access at:    Explore great apps in our Autism Acceptance collection on the App Store, as well as iBooks and podcasts (including this one!).   If you have questions or feedback for Apple you can contact Apple’s accessibility support: e-mail: Phone: 877-204-3930


Ep. 88: Electroshock therapy?  

This weeks in the news we talk about Electroshock therapy.  Is this real?  What are the results like?

Ep 87: JJ's mom calls and give us the real story!  

We hear Lorena's side of the story.  She tells us her side of this.

Ep. 86: JJ's Seizures, a connection between antidepressants and autism?  

JJ's Seizures.  A new Swedish study about taking antidepressants durning pregnancy does not contribute to autism.  Also relationships with parents.

Ep. 85: Sesame Street gets a character with Autism: Julia  

Sesame Street gets a character with Autism: Julia. We talk about Frank Campagna who writes a blog called Autism dad.

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