Amy Schumer's latest Netflix special sees her open up about her marriage, revealing that husband Chris Fischer is on the autism spectrum.
On Amy Schumer: Growing, which premiered on Netflix Tuesday, the 37-year-old comedian spoke about her husband's diagnosis and how it affects her love for him.
"I knew from the beginning that my husband's brain was a little different than mine," she told the crowd during the hour-long special, which was filmed in Chicago."I have to start this over because I really want to get this right because I love him very much."
"My husband was diagnosed with what used to be called Asperger's. He has autism spectrum disorder. He's on the spectrum. And there were some signs early on," Schumer said, according to Entertainment Tonight, before telling a story of how her husband reacted abnormally to her falling down during a walk together.
"Once he 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," she continued. "That's the truth. He says whatever is on his mind. He keeps it so real. He doesn't care about social norms or what you expect him to say or do."
Schumer and Fischer married in February 2018, just three months after they were first seen together on a date in New York City. Their star-studded Malibu ceremony was attended by guests like Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lawrence. A few months later, in October, Schumer announced she and Fischer were expecting their first child together.
Ahead of the special's debut on Netflix, Schumer praised her husband on Instagram, thanking him for being so "open."
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My special #GROWING is available starting at midnight tonight! Thanks to the editors @kellylyonedit and @cplatas - assistant editor. @florianballhaus the DP @ryanecunningham for all post work. @rayangry for the incredible music @berniekaminski for line producing. @marcusraboydirector for watching my back while I was on stage. @tomlappinn for his camera work @kimmykuppkakes for hair @andrea_tiller for makeup @hatchgal for my dress. All the local Chicago crew from the camera ops to the PAs. Stage manager. @513designstudio for the set!Lighting design by Robert Peterson. Prompter. Everything ran so smooth! Catering to ushers. To the great audience and the people of Chicago. I am very proud of my work on this as the director and that my production company produced this. It was hard work and i was sick and pregnant. Thanks for believing i could do it @netflixisajoke Especially Robbie Lisa and Grig and Ted! Thanks @miacomedy and @janellejamescomedy for getting the crowd right. Thanks berk! Thanks to @mugsykane and @kimcaramele and @mofischhh for helping me every step of the way and telling me if my jokes sucked and slowly manipulating me into doing it at a gorgeous theater instead of a little club. @chicagotheatre is astounding. But more than anyone and im assuming no one is reading this anymore. But thank you to my husband, Chris who has kept me going during this pregnancy. His 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. 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. This special is dedicated to my friend @clubsodakenny son Doug and to our new baby who will be joining us very very soon.
“Thank you to my husband, Chris who has kept me going during this pregnancy,” she captioned the poster for Growing. “His 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. 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.”
While Fischer may have been relatively unknown to the general public before his marriage to Schumer, the chef has been friends with Jake Gyllenhaal for years; the actor actually introduced him to Mario Batali and Fischer got his start in the culinary world as Batali's sous chef at Babbo, a high-end Italian restaurant in New York City.
In 2007, Fischer returned home to Martha's Vineyard to take over his family's five-acre farm, working on the island as the executive chef of Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant from 2013 to 2014.
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