Autism is a very serious topic. Just not tonight.
Nikki Osborne is an Australian actress, and a regular on comedy panels on Australian television. A mother to a child with autism, she also spends her time blogging and campaigning for autism awareness. Her belief is that sentiment being ‘it’s not just okay to be different, it’s f*%king refreshing’.
Recently, Nikki staged a one-woman show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival called On the Spectrum. Funny and intimate, the show is told from her point of view as a parent to a five-year old son with high-functioning autism.
Controversy blew up when Melbourne residents called for the show to be cancelled in advance of its debut, the subject deemed offensive to people with disabilities. Nikki insisted her intentions were honourable: she wished to break the silence around an important issue, particularly for other parents undergoing the same challenges as she has, and to bring them some light relief.