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.
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Sep 10, 2017

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.

Sep 7, 2017

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.




Aug 23, 2017

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

Aug 20, 2017

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.

Aug 14, 2017

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.

Aug 9, 2017

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


Jul 28, 2017

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


Also we talk about links between autism and Schizophrenia.

Jul 25, 2017

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

Jul 10, 2017

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

Jul 5, 2017

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

Jun 12, 2017

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.

Jun 3, 2017

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.



May 27, 2017

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

May 20, 2017
This week we interview Andreas Forsland the inventor of Smart stones.  Also we talk about the Grey Skull cup, Peter know everyone in town.
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May 18, 2017

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



May 16, 2017

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:
Phone: 877-204-3930


May 12, 2017

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

May 5, 2017

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

Apr 29, 2017

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

Apr 24, 2017

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

Apr 22, 2017

🎶Letters, we get letters, we get lots and lots of letters. 🎶 Leeetttttters. 🎵🎶.  We read your letters and we also we talk to Peter

Apr 17, 2017

JJ's new places great!  Talking Swedish accents.  Peter is journaling/calendaring.  Swedish accents. Dating resources for people on the spectrum. 

Apr 10, 2017

Kids not appreciating parents, Peter beats Graham at Bowling…again and again.


Being friends with people from different backgrounds.


Apr 3, 2017

Kirk deals with some unexpected challenges traveling to Sweden on Short notice.  Graham extends his tour.  Continuing his adventures in Canada during pilot season.

Mar 12, 2017

Kirk’s in Saint John, Graham’s green card tour is coming to an end!

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