An all-autistic line-up of performers will take to the stage at a unique comedy event in Dublin this evening.
The Light It Up Comedy Gold gig hopes to raise awareness and combat stereotypes around autism.
"Stand-up comedy allows you to replay events and establish your own narrative over them. For someone who has had so many social hiccups in the past, I think stand-up allows me a great way to re-evaluate that and take ownership of it in an empowering way," said host Ian Lynam, who was diagnosed with autism as a child.
Tadhg Ó Ciardha is performing at the event with his group Co-morbid.
"The main stereotype that hinders me as a performer is the idea that autistic people aren't creative because I think as a performer my autism is what motivates me to come up with new ideas," he said.
The founder of Comedy Gold, Emily O’Callaghan, said she wanted it to be a platform for new ideas and new voices.
"I knew there were other comics out there with different perspectives on life that would be really interesting to see perform but often need some encouragement," Ms O’Callaghan said.
All proceeds from the night will be donated to the national autism charity AsIAm.
Fiona Ferris from AsIAm said: "AsIAm is delighted to be associated with the Light it Up comedy night. We very much want people with autism to advocate for themselves and for them to make sure they are involved in culture and the arts.
"People with autism spend so much of their life observing others and watching how people react that it puts them in a good place for comedy. Comedy is something everyone can relate to and relatable makes for effective comedy and that can only be a positive."
The Light it Up Comedy Gold event is taking place this evening at Crowbar - Button Factory in Dublin.