Disabled comedian hopes world will laugh with him


One might say stand-up comedian Jeff Charlebois is a contradiction in terms. The reason? He delivers his jokes sitting down -- from a wheelchair.

Mr. Charlebois, who was paralyzed in a car accident when he was 16, said he aims to make his audiences more at ease with the disabled and to help them realize that "people in wheelchairs do have a sense of humor and are just like everybody else."

He entertained a lunchtime gathering of students and faculty members at Carroll Community College this week.

Mr. Charlebois does celebrity impersonations and jokes on dating, college life, his family, his childhood and traveling.

Reared in Phoenix, Baltimore County, the 31-year-old comic has worked as an advertising copywriter for Richardson, Myers and Donofrio Inc. in Baltimore and aspires to bring his humor to television.

When he's not busy working the comedy club circuit in Baltimore and other cities, he said, he is polishing scripts he has written for situation comedies.

Mr. Charlebois, who started doing comedy 10 years ago while attending Wright State University near Dayton, Ohio, graduated from Calvert Hall College in Towson in 1981.

He also gives motivational talks at high schools and colleges and will speak at St. Mary's High School in Annapolis on Monday.

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