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Dyslexia and Comedy – Liz Miele

Dyslexia and Comedy – Liz Miele

[Liz Miele] I am a stand up comedian. How I got there is probably what this presentation is going to show. I will start with horrible memories because that’s usually how you become a stand-up comedian. I would say my worst memory that I can think of, probably happened to me in third grade…not the third grade, the sixth grade. We had this program in my school where the sixth graders would read to the third graders. Probably about 3 minutes into me reading to this third grader, I struggled so much that she took the book out of my hands, and she read to me. [laughter] And there is not a person in my family that doesn’t know this story, and has not made fun of me for it. I think that resonates with me so much because that has been something that has happened to me continually. I’m supposed to be in a place where I am supposed to know what I am supposed to be doing, and very quickly, people find out that I don’t. So, my second worst memory happened to me when I was about 23 or 24. I had been doing standup for a while, and I was in this weird place where I was making money as a standup, but I didn’t make enough money to quit my day job, so I knew I needed the flexibility of some kind of part time job so I could start doing more road work, but I needed to make money. So I decided to become like a nanny or a babysitter. I found … Which actually kind of became a luxury job for me. I found this rich couple on Craigslist, believe it or not. When I say rich, this is all in Manhattan, they shared a building with Ron Howard and Alec Baldwin…like that kind of rich. I was like a part-time babysitter 4 hours a day, 5 days a week for this little 7 year old that went to an all French speaking school. His first language was French. He was fluent in English. He could speak Spanish, and he was learning Mandarin. I still don’t know how to read most English. Really, my responsibility was taking this kid from one program to the next. I’d take him to tennis, make sure he doesn’t get hit by a bus…I just needed to keep this kid alive and go to these appointments, to psychologists, whatever, and I couldn’t do any…all his homework was in French. I had no responsibility—I swear to you, I just ate their chocolate. They had great chocolate, and I watched somebody else teach this kid. But, occasionally, he only had English twice a week, and occasionally the mom would ask me to look over his English homework. So, I was doing this for months. I would look over his second grade homework, and I’d be like, looks good to me! And a couple of months into this job, the mom sits me down, and she is furious with me. She goes, “Why haven’t you been checking his English homework?” And I go, I have. And she goes, “I really don’t appreciate being lied to.” And I literally bursted in tears, and I go, I thought it was right. And I find myself in that place often, where I send emails–so I’m getting emotional, that’s so sad–I send these emails, I tell these people what I am supposed to be doing, and they come back to me like I’ve lied to them, like I’ve told them something differently. Those are probably my worst memories. So, let’s go back to me discovering that I wasam Dyslexic. I was in the third grade, and everybody had individual reading time. I didn’t know what they were doing. I would pick the same book every time we had individual reading. It had a cat on it, and it seemed like it could have been a really great book. And I would sit down and I would count the words in the book. I didn’t know what anybody else was doing. So they discovered that I couldn’t read. They sat my parents down, they told them I was Dyslexic. I am the second oldest of 5 kids, so they had already started to experience this with my sister, so they started putting me in special classes. I think most of you understand what special classes are. You get pulled from all the regular classes, and it’s not exactly individual attention. There’s probably 5 to 10 other kids in the special classes, and not everybody has what’s going on what you have. So, there was a couple of other Dyslexics. You have some kids that are autistic, you have some kids that have different learning disabilities. You have kids that have behavioral issues. You have kids that just can’t sit still. You have all these different kids in one room, and my problem wasn’t that I didn’t want to learn, my problem is I didn’t know how to. My mom, who is one of the funniest people I know, and as we got older and all her kids turned out to be Dyslexics, she started to call it Physics for Felons and Chemistry for criminals [laugher’] because we were all very diligent students trying to learn, and then there was always some kid burning books in the corner. And nobody understood how this was a better alternative to education. So that was one of the things I had to do. You know, you don’t see your friends ever again, you are just with a bunch of people that also don’t know how to read, and that’s not very helpful. What they did do for me is they put me in special classes after school. Twice a week, I was taken to a local college, called Rider College in New Jersey. College students would sit down with me, individually, and they would help me read. They would help me with my homework. And what they did that’s probably completely influenced my life is, they would have me write. Which, nobody really sees that other side of it. They see that you can’t read or you can’t do math, and they focus on that, but nobody actually focuses on the fact, almost like—what’s the disease? Uhm… I think Richard Pryor actually had it where you can think clearly, but you don’t have the motor skills. That almost feels very similar. So it’s like I know exactly what I want to do and see, and have come out, but I don’t have the skills to do it. And I started having a filter for that. So, I started writing books. I started writing these little books, the series, called Spiffy the Spider. I’m pretty sure it was a spider, because it was the only thing I knew how to draw. It was all about Spiffy the Spider and all these issues Spiffy had with his hundreds of brothers and sisters, which I have 4, so I felt like it was the same. And I kept writing these stories about Spiffy the Spider. All of a sudden, I started to realize that, a) I love attention, individual attention is amazing…I’m not getting that at home and I’m not getting that at school…and b), I’m starting to see that there’s something I do enjoy doing, and there is something that I am good at because I have all these ideas, and they are starting to slowly come out. So that was actually kind of the special course that started to help me. I was told that good grades were important, and that was going to be the thing that propelled me in life. So I did, I got A’s, I got B+’s, I worked really hard to show people that I knew what I was doing, but I didn’t. I had found a way to understand what they wanted, and then I would fill in the blanks, and I would give it to them. And that was my entire education. I didn’t learn how to be the information, I learned how to survive school. That carried on until college. So, I didn’t want to go to college. I had started doing standup when I was 16 years old, and I was going to be Chris Rock, and I didn’t need college. My Dad sat me down and told me I did. So, we had a very nice negotiation. He told me I could only do standup on the weekends, and I proceeded to tell him that I only did standup on the weekends. And I did it every single night, and I would bring my homework to every single comedy club, and I looked crazy. I look like I’m 16 now, imagine what I looked like before any comedy club doing my homework. [laughter] I got kicked out of so many comedy clubs. But that’s what I did…I survived college. I actually went to the New School in New York City. Why I applied for that school– it was actually my first choice and I got in was because I didn’t have to take math, didn’t have to take science, and they didn’t test. I probably took maybe one or two tests in the four years that I went to the New School. It was all essays. That might sound a little crazy for somebody that’s not good at writing, and reading and stuff, but I am a great persuasive writer. A lot of grammatical mistakes, a lot of issues, but if you are just looking at ideas, I have them, and I could write these amazing 20 page persuasive essays and creative pieces. I started to understand my brain more and more as I started to do things on my own because I never liked classes. I won’t even take like a class in a gym, I don’t want a jazzercise with you. I’ll get a personal trainer, I’ll have somebody show me once or twice, and I’ll figure it out on my own. That’s always how I’ve been so, I self-taught myself how to do standup. I discovered it when I was probably, I don’t know, like 13 years old. I always thought that I wanted to be like a funny…I wanted to be like Sandra Bullock in the 90’s. And I thought that was what I wanted to be, but then I realized writing was such a huge part of my life, I just didn’t know how to put it out there, because I was scared to. So when I discovered standup, it was like the perfect combination. I could write, but nobody ever actually saw my writing. And it became this perfect way to express myself. So, when I was 14 years old, I watched every standup comedy special you can think of. HBO, Comedy Central, anything you can think of, I watched all of them. Then I would VHS them, and then I would watch them again. And I would show them to my friends, and I would show them and then I’d watch them again. And I would quote them to my friends, and I would write those jokes in my notebook, and then I would show my friends in the notebook, and then I would write them in another notebook, and then I would tape them on another show, especially since Comedy Central repeats everything, I probably have the same comedian on 4 or 5 VHS tapes. I just got rid of those 2 years ago. I decided to stop moving all my VHS tapes that I don’t even have the ability to watch any more. But that’s what I did, I became obsessed, and I started studying. And I started writing my own jokes when I was about 14 years old, and I would…I had a couple of friends that I felt close to, and I would take these packets of writing I had, and I would give it to them in the hallways, and I would ask them to star what was funny. There was a couple of douchy friends that actually spell-checked it and I would try to ignore that. But… they would give me feedback, and from there I started to collect a set, and I started to do some standup at 16 years old. From all these experiences, I started to understand a little bit how my brains worked. This is an analogy I kind of came up with for Dyslexia, for me. I always envision somebody that’s not Dyslexic, and somebody that is Dyslexic, and they are in a gym. They are in an apartment, and they live right across the street from a gym. They want to go work aout and get into shape. Somebody that’s not Dyslexic just walks across the street, and goes to the gym everyday. They get fit in like 3 to 6 months, and everybody is like, “Wow, you really applied yourself, I’m so proud of you!” I, on the other hand, for some reason, can’t just walk across the street. I have to go around the building, every single time, so by the time I get to the gym, I’m tired, I’m frustrated, and I don’t understand why everybody else just gets to walk across the street. And so, I don’t work as hard. For some reason, half the time the elliptical’s broken, or too many people are on it, it’s just a frustrating experience that just exhausts me. But after you pursue it, and you keep persuing it, and you keep pushing yourself to go to the gym, you start to find little pieces that you can break apart and do differently. So–maybe I’ll go through a window this time. Or maybe I’ll go over the building, and I’ll go through the stairs. Or maybe I’ll just work out in my apartment. You start to find alternatives, and that’s the best way I can describe Dyslexia for me, which is, at first it’s hard, but then you just start finding different solutions and you start catering things to your own mind. Uhm…sorry, I have ideas..[looks to notes] I would say, how I really have discovered how exactly my brain works, is through social media books. This has been a very long career for me, and if you know anything about show-business, or standup comedy, they usually tell you it takes about 10 years to find your voice, and about 10-15 years for people to consider you an over-night success. I’m at 13– I’m trying to maintain my looks, so people still think I’m 16. I…around maybe 5 years ago, I lost my manager, I didn’t have an agent, and getting an agent is really hard, and I had to find the solution of how do I tell people about what I do, so that I can get more work. I started looking at social media as a solution. The problem is, I never paid attention to it before, and I really didn’t have anybody in my life to explain the importance of social media, and what to do with it. So I did what I always did, which is, I just started reading books. I went to the section about social media, and I started reading all the books about how to use Twitter, how to use Facebook Fan Pages, how you use Instagram, all these different things, and how to use it. And the reason that social media books taught me how I learn, is because social media books aren’t written for teen agers. They are not written for young people because young people just know how to use Twitter. They’ve had it since they were 7. Social media books are written for like 60 year olds that don’t know how to say…tweet. And they are written very simply, and they are incredibly visual. Most of them are like this thick (shows with fingers], and they are not dense at all. I started to realize that this is how I need to be taught to. I need a lot of examples, I need it to be spaced out, I need it to be repetitive, and it needs to be incredibly visual. All of a sudden, I started to realize how to teach myself. I need to be taught like a third grader, but with more dense information. I wanted to break down some of the things that I hate, which I think you guys can relate to, and then bring it back and show you some of the things I actually do like and that I’m good at. I hate Spelling, pronouncing new words, or places. I will never ask for directions. I probably should be a dude. [laughter] I’ll never ask for directions. Reading out loud–I forget which girl did the presentation about reading out loud. If I am allowed to curse at you, I would. That’s so mean. I would never make anybody read out loud. Texting somebody important or cute, I don’t do that. Having to read an email, I hate having to read an email 10 times, I think it’s exactly where it wants it to be, I send it. Then like twenty minutes later, I’m like…Did I do it right? And I look back and everything’s wrong. That happens every day. People reading over my shoulder- that’s the meanest I’ve ever been to somebody. I take the subway every day, and if I see somebody reading over my shoulder, I start to write like crazy notes in the lines so that they know that I know, [laughter], and they get scared. I would like to scare people, that’s what I’m trying to do. People try spell checking me. I don’t need that. If you knew what I was saying, get off my back. I actually do want to teach a class at the New School, if I ever get a teaching degree, I would like teach creative spelling [laughter] ’cause I…, because I think it should be rewarded! I know how to spell museum ten different ways. [laughter] You only know one? You’re not even trying… [laughter] Being called dumb is probably my least favorite thing. Math? I will never do it, never again. I don’t like anybody that got a perfect score on their SAT’s and I will not talk to them. And I don’t like ferrets…that has nothing to do with anything…[laughter] I will tell you what I am good at, and these are the things I learned from standup comedy, thought reading, just through life. I am a great divergent thinker, I come up with unique ideas, especially when people have run out of ideas. I’m really good at talking out my ideas. So… sometimes you’ll have these environments, it’s a round-table, and everyone is coming up with ideas–I can’t just think and push them out, I have to talk them out. I have a good friend that lives in L.A., and we’ll just be telling each other about our day, and just from talking to each other, we’ll both come up with 10 jokes, just because I have to…I have to say it out loud. Making unique connections, I definitively do that. The Big Picture thing is pretty much how I make a living. I can take something big and connect it to smaller things. Resourcing and tapping into past experiences and information…I spent most of my life thinking that it was a waste of time to read some of these books because I wasn’t remembering anything. But then, and you know this comes with age, now that I am 30, there’s books I’ve read 15 years ago that all it takes is one experience, and like a filing cabinet, I find that one thing in a book, and I now know how to apply that information to that experience and that only came with constantly reading and constantly having experiences. It becomes this resource that, I can’t always unlock it, but when I do unlock it, it becomes like a floodgate. I’m really good at analogies, and cursing, apparently. I’m really good at explaining stuff and breaking things down into bite sized pieces since that’s how I learn. I’m really good at writing persuasive and creative, talking too much, clearly. I am a good reader. I read excessively, but it’s slow. But it’s deep, I tend to retain a lot of what I read. Except for this presentation, I’m usually really organized. I have unique organizational techniques because I have a bad memory. I have to get things done, and I don’t recommend everybody does what I do organizationally, but I can help other people by seeing their patterns. I am constantly improving my daily activities, and I can walk on my hands–just again, bragging…[laughter] I’m going long, so I’ll end with this. I am going to tell you one of my more recent jokes, and I’ll kind of break it down and show you how some of my Dyslexia has made me come up with those ideas. This is a joke that I wrote pretty recently. I ended up spending four thousand dollars in a day last week. My credit card company called me up like, “Are you having a meltdown?” Which I thought was nice, because if I was having a meltdown, I would have to tell people. I’d have to call up my friends and be like, hey guys, things aren’t going well and I’m thinking about cashing in all my chips. My credit card company called me up, like, “Hey– those aren’t your chips!” [laughter] In’nt that nice? People like to villainize credit card companies, but they called me, they emailed me, and they texted me…When was the last time a friend did all three? They called me up, like, “Hey, Miss Miele, we see you spent $500 on gummy vitamins. We want to know if you have a new lease on life or if you don’t just know how suicide works. We’ll walk you through that process so we can get our money back.” So, the way I break down that joke is I kind of use the criminal activity alert your credit cards give you on text messages and phones, and stuff like that which this all happened. And…I compare it to something that is actually something I think about alot, which is how friendships have changed over the years, and how this ability to be connected constantly is actually kind of disconnecting us. So, now, if I tell a friend I have a bad day, she leaves me a message and she calls me, and she texts me and she shows up at my house I’m just like…. you and credit card companies! Wow, you really care! It’s become like a new barometer of people caring about me. So I made something that seems completely disconnected, and I’ve connected them to show what good friendship looks like. So, it’s like that Big Picture thing that we kind of talked about. Uhm…oh..doo-doo-doo-doo-doo-doo— I shine light on like “emotional spending”. I think that is something that is incredibly relate able for other people, and I kind of break it down to show how it looks for other people. So, I think being Dyslexic is often you explaining how your brain works to people. So, I would say ninety percent of my jokes, even if you don’t agree with what I am saying, or understand my experience, it’s me taking a snapshot and breaking it down so you can follow how I got there. So, why would I spend money on that? Well, these are some of the silly ideas I think you might get there, from how I might spend money in that way. Uhm…doo-doo-doo-doo-doo…I think that’s about it. I break things down into digestible pieces, and I would say kind of a parting idea is that I think Dyslexia and stand up comedy in general is all about a unique perception, kind of a new… I think we’ve all kind of learned that you process things differently. And in standup comedy, no topic is not been touched. So, everybody has their joke about why men and women are different. Or why black people and white people are different, or, you know, why your parents call too much after retirement, whatever the topic is, everybody has a joke about it. So, you have to find the unique angle on it, because everything has been talked about. Why do people like cats more than dogs or vice-versa, what is my unique perspective? When you are constantly looking for the better side of things, or things to be easier, or things to be different, or just to get things done, you are constantly seeing the unique side. So, I’ve spent most of my career being told that my jokes are really smart, which I didn’t believe until probably a couple of years ago. I thought I was tricking everybody. And only recently have I realized that because my brain works differently, my jokes are actually more unique than most people, because that’s just how my brain works. Thank you so much, I’m Liz Miele. Subtitles by the Amara.org community

96 thoughts on “Dyslexia and Comedy – Liz Miele

  1. Love "Damaged"? How about just REALLY funny comedians? Listen in here as the talented Liz Miele talks about this, Carlin, her early career, and more! http://kettleoffish.libsyn.com/liz-miele-talks-about-bringing-the-funny-to-fringefest-and-hulu

  2. "I'm a good reader" good job dyslexic advantage soon everyone will be dyslexic way to Umbrella, you know as well as I do that it can be proven in the Wechsler that dyslexics are different thinkers…..!!! not simply compensators. thanks for making a life that is practically impossible
    seem hopeless if you guys can't even get it

  3. To be honest I initially clicked on your link because you're gorgeous but, I do struggle with dyslexia and I can definitely relate to almost everything you're saying. sometimes it gets so bad and I feel so frustrated with this issue that I want to cry. Even as I'm writing this comment I find myself proof reading every word and Im almost sure that I'll still make some errors. Anyway thank you for the video

  4. You are soooo funny! Your being able to voice your experience in such a fashion that I get it! I wrote a dictionary for dyslexics because I sympathize. Although I do not have dyslexia, I have relatives and friends who do and any story they will share with me about their experience helps keeping me motivated to make this dictionary better and better! I know you probably won't read this LOL, maybe your sister will read it to you! Love your attitude! ; )

  5. You are fucking amazing! I can truly relate to everything you said. I have never heard anything like this before. I'm so glad you did this! you are a impersonation to us all ! P.S. think spell check or you couldn't read what I wrote

  6. i loved this video i also have a learning disability and u have gave me a different way to no matter what to chase my dream and overcome thank you a lot

  7. There is nothing funny about having dyslexia. There are different levels from minor and moderate to severe. The version I have is a life sentence.

  8. I had a similar problem.

    My parents had switched me from left-handed to right-handed when was I was very young which causes, what's known as, mixed brain syndrome. It's very much like being dyslexic in that I had pretty sever reading problems, but unlike dyslexia, it eventually corrects itself.

    Usually in your teens, the two hemispheres of the brain create enough synapses between them for reading information to be processed properly. So, when I'm reading, I have to scan ahead with my right brain, memorize it, transfer the visual information to my left brain which will then read and understand it. Quite a process, but it happens extremely fast. Consequently, I can assimilate and react to information very fast. Especially visual cues. Something very helpful when playing baseball.

    My parents and my teachers thought I was slow. At least as far as school work was concerned. Even though I was extremely advanced as a small child. Walking at 7 months, talking within the year and reading by the time I was two. They couldn't understand what had happened after that, not knowing that their well-intended act of switching my handedness made a mess of my brain.

    Until I was 15-years-old, my reading level was about three grade levels below my group, but by the time I turned 16, and my brain began to correct itself, I was reading well into college level.

    In college, after having a nasty bump on the head and discovered "a shadow" in my brain (the reason for my left-handedness), my neurologist was the one who enlightened me to the morphology of being switched and the problems associated with it. He then gave me a series of IQ tests and discovered that I have an IQ in the 140's, which could possibly be higher if the tests were geared more towards someone with my affliction.

    The moral of the story is that everyone has their hurdles in life and that you can't give up on yourself.

    My problem kept me from having a fat head about being "smart", because I never thought of myself that way. Consequently, I was never embarrassed about asking questions or "looking dumb". I drove my father crazy with questions who always pushed me to "look it up yourself", and to just be patient with myself until I understood what I was reading.

    I have a 30-year career as a special effect artist in Film/TV, that I learned on my own. I make well into six-figures and I have a wife and children as well. So, if "the dummy" in the family and at school can make something of himself. So can you. You just have to keep trying. It may take you a little longer, but so what? What else have you got to do?

  9. My hole family is dislexic and this is very relatable for me
    😂😂 aspeshaly the special classes
    And the reading time 📖
    And trying so hard, harder than anyone else but still being "stupid"

  10. Help me to raise Dyslexia awareness in UK universities! Please sign my government petition. THANK YOU!. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/209637

  11. I must be the opposite of dyslexic, because I could speed-read at 8yo and can proof-read easily and enjoyed school in the top classes, especially enjoying science and mathematics – but I have trouble talking in a way that is fluent and interesting to listen to. Everyone is unique in their own way. I really like Liz, she is taking life by the scruff of the neck and giving it a good shake. Thats all that any of us can do.

  12. I am very glad to have viewed this clip. I have greatly enjoyed your comedy, but this shows you to be an extraordinarily intelligent, articulate, courageous, and gifted communicator. Thank you.

  13. Dyslexia sucks, but once you understand it and kinda accept it as part of life… sometimes it can be funny, especially when you get to the point in life when you really don't care anymore. As a young guy, it was infuriating at times.

  14. So… What is the difference between dyslexia and adult functioning autism? Or aspergers I think it WAS called? Dyslexia is sounding more like what I struggle with based off of this video. But a shrink convinced me that I was autistic. So 5 years later. I am finally don't function within that working spectrum? But I love seeing the world as a contrarian. I don't know why but that identity is how I communicate and interpret daily interactions.

  15. Reading things can be so overwhelming. Especially if it's important official documents that you get in the mail or trying to figure out taxes. The anxiety really amps up your dyslexia and you start panicking that you are going to check the wrong box or not fully understand what the document wants you to do. I really like how she says that she needs to be taught like a 3rd grader, but can be taught anything, no matter how complex the info. When I have to learn something and see an overwhelming text book, my brain wants to shut down. Like this woman said, my brain is just walking around a building over and over trying to figure out a way to get in while others just use the door. Thankfully youtube has had such a huge impact on my life. I can look up any topic from my textbook and someone on youtube usually has made a little video breaking it down, showing visuals etc. I also enjoyed how she mentioned that even though she can't read well, she can write. That is something that really boggled my ELA teachers when I was in high school. My ACT (which is sort of like the SAT) score was a perfect score in the writing area, but showed that I had the reading level of a 6th grader. I still do believe that when I initially read something, I am reading it at a 6th grade level. I have to read something 3 times to fully comprehend what is going on. Each time I read the same text, my reading level comprehension improves, but just for that one text only and starts over again at the next text. Oddly enough, I have grown up to be an English teacher. I feel like my dyslexia gives me an advantage because when I read something that my students need to read, I can read it at their level and make notes of any confusion and misunderstandings that they are probably having and teach TO this and teach how to self question and resolve the misunderstandings. It helps me break down my lessons into smaller, more immersive chunks. I also can relate to my students because I know exactly how it feels to be disoriented in class and not know what is going on but not having the vocabulary to ask for help or even describe how they need help to begin with etc.

  16. Of course I clicked on here because Liz is cute and funny, now I'm so impressed with her introspectiveness(if that's a word) what an AMAZING young woman!!! now I have to find her site and subscribe WHAT A WOMAN!!!

  17. Great talk, Thanks Liz. I’m so proud of you. I too had/have had hard times, (couldn’t learn to read English till I was 10). But similar to you I use my knowledge from different areas and apply to improve or make something better. Thank you for sharing your lovely story.

  18. Amazing video, I always struggled through out my life…I hate spelling, reading and writing…I would strongly recommend Gold speak and write software it's absolutely life savers!

  19. WOW!, So incredibly moving.Listening to you made me think you were talking about me in school.You made things clearer for me.You are an inspiration to anyone going through the same type of life struggles.I wish you all the best and hope to see one of your shows in NY or NJ.

  20. I love Liz Miele …. she is quite witty & funny and easy on the eyes at the same time…. also you can tell she has an awesome personality!

  21. Hey Liz Miele, there's nothing to be ashamed , after all you're not alone;

  22. like i said you are not alone!
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    "How I hacked the brain of dyslexia | Aggeliki Pappa | TEDxPatras"

    "Second chances | Richard Branson | TEDxIronwoodStatePrison"

    that is it for now regarding the dyslexia rabbit hole!

  23. I agree with your gym analagy however I would add a few things. I thought alot about this "longer" learning process. In many cases this so called learning curve peaks quickly for non dyslexics but I feel in many cases after I more slowly reach that same "peak" I continue to progress up and up same slow pace but to a higher plateau than my non dyslexic peers. In some situations the non dyslexics like at work became jealous of my accomplishments and I wasnt aware of that I was actually doing a higher work load for instance, but later on meeting accomplished teachers and seeing statistics I can say that in many cases this is for real– the higher plateau.. I failed home economics for instance but I walk by sewing circles and look at the work the sewing ladies do you know the old ladies with their doll clothes and pillow cases they did not fail home ec.. but they keep doing the same quilts and stuff for 20 years over and over and its kind of lame looking stuff .. but after a few years of teaching myself sewing after high school using odd techniques I am able to make a wide variety of complex and creative clothing pieces that I get compliments for. … just some food for thought 🙂

  24. So in love with this woman, Liz Miele, and everything she is. What she describes is also very informative for an educator who works with college students, their various learning styles and difficulties. My struggle as an educator is that I am super anal about getting everyone to be as attentive to details and writing correctly as I am when they are writing their essays. This follows not only with developing their ideas and their arguments, but also with developing their sentences and using the English language to the fullest potential and always using language correctly. However, this teaching philosophy and style can also crush the joy of learning out of even the most diligent and inspired students and it will certainly crush the life out of those students who struggle with learning in any capacity. So, hearing of how people of all walks of life struggle with learning has helped me modify my teaching philosophy and style so as to keep the rigor in the course, but to also keep the joy and inspiration of learning present, even foremost. Excellent presentation, Liz!

  25. i remember to this day when i would sit in class and as we were suppose to read quietly i was always the one just looking around wondering how they could just sit there and read. now i know why.

  26. You're probably not going to read this Liz but you are much more than you think you are. I'd say it's awful that your life was so difficult as you grew up but it made you the awesome person you are today. I'm following you on whatever social media I can find you on because your humor is unique and incredibly funny.

  27. I wish we changed or add the laws in America and all around the world so all the adults with dyslexia would get assistive technology help in every day life with reading and writing. We should the future for kids and adults alike. And to adults that can't pay for technology  Offer government grants or disability grants. To help them get it.

  28. It used to be you could tell by the pitch in a person's voice whether they were being sarcastic or not. Then, after the 1990s, at least in America, every one just got so freaking clever. We all have emotions. (Thanks, Bob.)

  29. It would be amazing if she did this as a set at actual comedy clubs without any explanation for the audience. Haha

  30. Thank you for your honesty and this discussion. Anyone who makes fun of you, and me, for that matter, (I am diagnosed with severe dyslexia), need to grow up, get educated and get a life. Those who make fun of others disabilities are shallow and emotionally/intellectually stunted. When I was in school I was continuously placed, (embarrassingly because of being so young and self-conscious), in 'special classes' as well as getting one on one help. This was continuous all through my school years. I had before class help, during school help and after school help. None of it helped. My school years were emotionally painful, humiliating and just beyond horrible.

  31. Upon learning that I'd been voted "most unique" my AP English teacher asked how to be MORE unique than… I feel you Ms. Miele.

  32. I love your stand-up. I came to your channel for that. I also thought you're cute, I have to admit.. sorry 😉

    Now that I saw this speech, I really wanted to compliment you for being brave, and having perseverance..

    You're a winner!! Well deserved!

  33. She's one tough girl. Can't believe I watched this whole video. She actually is way smarter than the typical Joe Schmoe. I've always liked her as stand up. Can yu did it? Yes,, yes yu can.

  34. First she's a brilliant comic. Now I also know she's an awesome human being. I am definitely a huge fan!

  35. I'm in my 30's and still have problems reading. Don't know whether I'm just a lazy asshole or suffer from something like dyslexia

  36. I loved getting you know the Liz Miele that we don't see in standup. I was just a fan before… Now… I'm a superfan.

  37. "I found a way to understand what people wanted, fill in the blanks and give it to them. And that was my entire education."

    That's what education in this country is. It's how to be a proper slave, not about truth or what's real. At least through high school and most of college.

  38. I struggled reading until 3rd grade, struggled learning to ride a bike until 10yo, tie my shoes in the 4th grade, wet my bed until 12 yo, got bullied and wanted to end my life. Then at 30yo got a BA in Computer Science, made it through AmeriCorps doing programming and social media, currently sub teach, and learning French at 38yo and working on a children's book in French and English.

  39. Came for more of her stand up and learned a shitload about myself.

    Also saw an unusually high amounts of heart reactions from her on YouTube comments. This totally explains it. She engages in her way and it's pretty cool.

    For those that don't know her, she's an absolute killer at stand up. When she makes it, (clearly she will), I can see her bringing awareness on how to bring the best out of people with dyslexia, instead of our current way of "teaching" them.

  40. The more I learn about you; the more impressed I am with you. I don’t know what the future holds for you. I believe it will be good.

  41. I am a big fan, despite having maxed out the SAT. I scored off-the-charts on IQ tests. I have been trying to write jokes for about six months. I have six jokes so far, and I am not sure they are all funny. There are different kinds of genius, and Liz is a good example of a truly wonderful kind.

  42. I have a numbers dyslexia where I will switch numbers if I verbally repeat them. So I have to write them down. Learn how to overcome tracking 60 airplanes in navy with no system. Now doing IT work.
    Now I can explain it’s like going to the gym across the street through the window. Thanks !

  43. some a little luckier than we were. I went to school in the 50's all be it late 50's.
    It seems that no one knew what dyslexia was, so I was a what was commonly stated as retarded.
    Don't get mad, it's just my opinion; because I wasn't always "dyslexic".
    In fact I could read like anyone else until the year we all got mandatory polio vaccinations.
    Everything about my vaccination went standard procedure, outward appearances swelling, scabbing, etc.
    But then written words didn't compute, in fact I saw them and spoke them but wasn't able to retain their meaning.
    Fast Forward, If I wrote the sentences and word out by hand like direct off the page of a work book from school, I not only understood them, I retained the information IN them better than most.
    It's almost like braille only I wasn't blind. I'd actually be reading with my hand and arm and body.
    I have a double consecutive masters in sciences and a Bach. in Lit. I am fluent across the board in 4 languages and in 1 the spoken word.
    Today I am published as a children's story writer with 7 books to my collection.
    I'm not a comedian and this problem is not funny.
    Often times we hear about adopted kids who endeavor to find their real mom or dad.
    It's a compulsion and its very normal and human.
    The narrative of; who, what, when, where. and why.
    My research has revealed some very painful and shocking discoveries ABOUT Vaccines and GMO products.
    Allergies, learning disabilities, depression are just some of the endless symptoms.
    Don't be mad.

  44. As someone with ADHD who has being seen as a failue many times, I can relate with everything you said. I dont see my ADHD as a disability anymore, I see it as a superpower that I will not want to get rid off! I think you see you dyslexia in the same way! Thanks to my ADHD I am like the litle energyzer bunny, I only need 4 hours of sleep! The trick is to spend the time learning about yout 'disability' and figure out a way to use it in your own advantage.

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