Also Appearing: Dave Grebenik, Derek Aalders
What do you do with adversity? I laugh at it.
For three 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.”
In ironic contrast to that, my 2021 tour is named, “The I’m Not OK and That’s OK Tour.”
I got the idea from my young friend, Kyler Nipper, who started the non-profit Kyler’s Kicks.
Now, back to me.
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.
My family is of Mexican descent. Add in the rural setting of Fort Morgan, Colorado, a small farming community, and success in entertainment was far from a realistic goal.
I attended college on a scholarship from Dow Jones, as a result of being one of four national winners in a minority journalist writing cont view more..