D.J. Demers Deaf Comedian

D.J. Demers Deaf Comedian

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  • My name is Vanessa and I'm here to give you a presentation about deaf comedians, a special one in particular.
  • Deaf people shouldn't be treated any differently than hearing people. We're all the same after all. A disability shouldn't hold you back from pursuing your dreams.
  • My friend D.J. didn't, and look where he is now.
  • Hi, I'm D.J. Demers and I'm a stand-up comedian.
  • I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada.
  • I first discovered my hearing loss when I was about 4 years old. My parents noticed that I stopped responding to things, and that's when they took me to the doctor. They found out I had a very profound hearing loss.
  • I knew from a very young age that I wanted to do comedy and make people laugh, so that's exactly what I did.
  • Ever since that day I've been wearing hearing aids, and my hearing continues to get worse with age. Luckily, I got the hearing aids at a young age and learned how to speak with them.
  • I auditioned for season 11 of America's Got Talent and made it all the way to judge cuts.
  • Sadly, I got eliminated after that round, but I got way farther than I ever thought I could.
  • After the show, I decided to continue my career as a comedian and won many other awards. I can't wait to see where else this journey takes me.
  • You see? Even with his hearing impairment, D.J. defied all odds and made it through several rounds of America's Got Talent!
  • All his life, he just wanted to be normal. Comedy was his way of communicating with others. 
  • He made his dream happen. If that's not enough proof that deaf people can be just as funny and entertaining as hearing people, then I don't know what is.
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