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Quietly funny: ASL comedians perform at KCHS

Posted: Thursday, Feb 7th, 2013

Brock Hill/South County Newspapers - Keith Wann performs his comedy act for King City and Greenfield high school students at Robert Stanton Theatre.

KING CITY — American Sign Language comedians Keith Wann and Wink (Windell Smith Jr.) preformed their comedy acts an audience of King City High School and Greenfield High School students this past week at Robert Stanton Theater.

Wann and Wink are both children of deaf adults, meaning that, while they can hear, their first language was ASL.

“When I became a hearing comedian, it was very hard for the audience to relate to,” said Wann. “They would look at me as a six-foot-tall, blond hearing guy, and say, ‘There’s nothing wrong with you.’ When I say I have deaf parents to a hearing audience, they say, ‘Poor you.’ When I say I have deaf parents to an audience that knows the culture, they understand what that means. It’s not a ‘poor you;’ it’s pride. I’m proud of it.”

For the complete article see the 02-06-2013 issue.

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