Stutterer Interrupted: On Disrupting The Interrupting – Nina G

About the Author: By night Nina G is a comedian performing at comedy clubs and keynote speaker. By day she is a counselor at a California community college where she works with students with disabilities. In 2015 she premiered her one-person show Going Beyond Inspirational and produced the first ever comedy compilation album of all comedians with disability aptly titled Disabled Comedy Only. Her TEDx Talk, The Everyday Ally, is helping to teach people without disabilities to be effective allies.  Summer 2019 Nina will release her second book Stutterer Interrupted: The Making of a Stuttering Stand Up Comedian.  Learn more about Nina G at www.NinaGcomedian.com.

WARNING – ADULT LANGUAGE

Stutterer Interrupted: On Disrupting the Interrupting is about my own journey to speak my mind not just as a stand-up comedian but also as a person.  All my life my dream was to become a comedian but the dream died because of my stuttering.  This is the story of how I became to embrace my stuttering (with help from the community) to make this dream come true.

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  1. Thanks for checking out my video. I would love to hear your thoughts on times that you interrupted yourself in ways that I did and how your dealt with that or how you came to notice it.

  2. I was tempted to say this is inspiring, in part just to make your head explode. It is a moving 7 minutes, though part of me felt bad wondering about those who did let their dreams die when they didn’t have to.

    • I know! How many dreams have died because we didn’t have the role models to do the things that we wanted to do?! What do you think is a way we can ensure that these dreams don’t die? Do you think those things that can be done are different for people who stutter compared to SLPs and other helping professionals?

  3. Nina,
    Your story is so amazing and the video was a joy to watch. The idea that you gave up on your dream and then found it again is so inspiring. I love the fact that going to a conference gave you so much courage and allowed you to change some things in your life. I am a current SLP graduate student and knowing that those conferences do help people like yourself just makes me want to be a part of it even more. I am so glad that you have not let your stutter define you, and that you have even found a way to integrate it into your wonderful comedic set. 🙂 Watching this gave me so much hope for other people who stutter and I hope that someday I will be able to help people feel how you do about your fluency. Thank you for sharing your story with us and thank you for making me laugh! 🙂

    • Rebecca: Thank you so much for your kind words and taking the time to consider my video. I hope you will also help PWSs understand fluenc and stuttering in a different way <3.

  4. Nina,

    I enjoyed watching your video! As a future Speech-Language Pathologist, I’m particularly interested in listening to your TEDx Talk to learn more about ways that I can become an effective ally for others. Since embracing your dream as a stand-up comedian, do you find that you still struggle with old feelings from the ‘stuttering ice berg’ when performing? Additionally, what do you feel is the best piece of advice SLPs can give to individuals who stutter?

    Thank you,
    Kristin

    • Thank you so much for taking a look at the video! For me personally, they old iceberg feelings are there but when you understand them they can be contained or processed through a bit easier. It is like you have been there done that so you already have a framework to understand the feelings that surface. I have one story where I talk about this. Take a look at it and let me know if you have other questions about that experience— https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/stuttering-stand-up-comedy-and-drive-thru-windows_us_577067a1e4b0fa01a14044cc.

      The advice that I would give SLPs is to think about social justice issues for people who stutter. I would love for SLPs to consider their role outside of the therapy room to improve the lives of the people they treat. I would like to see helping and medical professional of every kind to be advocate and treat the discrimination that their clients experience, just not the symptoms of the individual.

  5. This video led me to have a rollercoaster of emotions! I love how you took other people’s negativity and turned it into a way to educate others in a lighthearted manner. Your positive outlook and gift for speaking is a wonderful way to teach people about stuttering on the stage! I loved hearing about all of the experiences you have had over the past 8 years and how it has shaped you and has helped you encouraged others to pursue their dreams. Thank you for sharing your story!
    -Melanie

    • Thanks so much for taking the time to read it! I hope you eventually check out the book ;-). I would love to hear what you think about the rest of it.

  6. Nina,
    Thank you for sharing your story! It is so inspiring to hear that you continued to strive for your dream of becoming a comedian despite the hardships. It is so great to hear that the conference you attended had such a big impact on you. Despite being around many other individuals who stutter and feeling that sense of community, what else occurred during the conference that positively influenced you? Also, you spoke about being a teenager when you felt as if your dream of becoming a comedian died. At what age were you when you began to stutter? Thanks!

    • I started to stutter when I was about 8 years old. Regarding the conference I can’t think of single advice, workshop or intervention besides just being around other people who stuttered that stuck out for that year. One of the primary things was having other women reflected back to me. This video is another part of my one person show as well as a chapter in my book about having interactions with women who stutter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PREubIDeGhc. I think that it explains so of these feelings. It is funny that just being in an environment that is validating can transform you <3!

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