Deaf Comedian Brings Laughs, Awareness Through American Sign Language (VIDEO)

By Rachel Martin - 21Alive
By Jake Perrone - 21Alive

January 26, 2014 Updated Jan 26, 2014 at 12:50 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – The Cinema Center hosted a comedy show Saturday night with a unique twist—it was for the deaf community.

Wink Smith, Jr., a one man show performer, put on the show to connect the familiar culture quirks and nuances with the deaf community, and educate those who have never been exposed to the habits and interesting pieces of deaf culture.

Smith says he loves to see the deaf community enjoy comedy just as much as someone with hearing.

“My show, when I perform, I really enjoy seeing people's reactions, deaf people especially” said Smith through a translator.

“Their reactions to some of the things I'm talking about. They'll see something and say ‘Oh I completely know what that's about, yeah’ and I see them reacting to each other in the audience. So I really feel like I have that quality, that connection like hearing people have their own humor, but deaf humor is a different thing all together and I really want to bring it all together."

Before the show, Smith hosted an American Sign Language workshop to further the understanding of Sign Language.

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