The original title of this good-natured profile of stand-up comic/performance artist Greg Walloch was "F**k the Disabled," a line taken from one of Walloch's signature bits. It's a characteristically ironic demand for sexual service, and without the benefit of an explanatory context, it's probably just as well that someone decided against it. But it's also a pretty good indicator of Walloch's particular comedic sensibility. Born with cerebral palsy, Walloch has little use for political correctness; he also makes no bones about the fact that he's gay. But while he refuses to be defined by either his disability or his sexuality just as he resists representing any group larger than himself Walloch realizes that both go a long way toward determining how he's defined by other people. He also knows that if people are staring, it means he has their attention. And therein lies Walloch's power as a performer: He uses his audiences' discomfort as a starting point, then disabuses them of their stereotypes by revealing himself as a person who also happens to have cerebral palsy, and a very sexual person at that. Director Eli Kabillio, whose resume includes the notorious trepanation documentary A Hole in the Head, captures Walloch performing his piece "White Disabled Talent" (a term once used to refer to him during an audition for a segment of Sesame Street) at a variety of New York City venues, and mixes it up with interviews and brief dramatizations of Walloch's material featuring such actors as Stephen Baldwin and Anne Meara. The result is a truly provocative portrait of a man, his wicked sense of humor and his basic strategy for dealing with life: Use whatever you've got to turn life's often bitter lessons into something positive. Which is not to say that Walloch is some Pollyanna, squeezing lemonade from lemons. There's plenty of healthy anger in his humor, and while his material is fairly specific in its focus, it also has a universal appeal, primarily because of Walloch's admitted belief that deep down inside, we're all disabled in our own special way.
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- Released: 2001
- Rating: NR
- Review: The original title of this good-natured profile of stand-up comic/performance artist Greg Walloch was "F**k the Disabled," a line taken from one of Walloch's signature bits. It's a characteristically ironic demand for sexual service, and without the benef… (more)