Dan Smith is the “The Can’t Stand Up Comedian,” a Sacramento comic born with spina bifida, a condition that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don't form properly. His is the most severe form of spina bifida, myelomeningocele, because, as Dan jokes, “if you’re going to commit to something, go all the way.” Dan has always been funny but he’d never felt confident enough to get up on stage himself until taking a stand up comedy class in 2017. Now, just 3 years later, Dan is hosting and headlining comedy shows online and around the city. Including the now online Body Posi Comedy Show run by STAB! Comedy.
In this short documentary, Dan shares his experiences in the Sacramento comedy scene, opens up about his sobriety, and chronicles his evolution as a sitting-down stand up comedian. Writing and performing comedy, along with people's laughter, is what has kept him going through some of his darkest times.