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What do you do with adversity? I laugh at it.
For almost four decades under the stage name, Chris “Crazy Legs” Fonseca, I have had the thrill of sharing laughter with audiences.
It's always a challenge for audiences to get over their initial perceptions of what I'm going to do and what I'm capable of. We're brought up not to make fun of handicapped people, but there I am asking a crowd to find me funny. People aren't sure how to react at first. In my opening joke I always try to say without really saying it: “I know I'm handicapped and it's OK.”
I was born with Cerebral Palsy, due to my mother dying during my birth, so my path has never been an easy one. Being adopted by an elderly uncle and aunt (my mother's sister) who spoke broken English at best made the climb a bit steeper.