Stand-Up Comedian with Muscular Dystrophy Fights Back with Humor

Jonah Bascle was born with Muscular Dystrophy, and has spent much of his life in a wheelchair.  At age nineteen, he was diagnosed with Cardiomyopathy, a life threatening heart complication.

Many people with Jonah’s challenges would be overwhelmed with grief, anger and resentment.  But Jonah chooses to play the cards he has been dealt with a Biggie-Size dose of humor.

Jonah is a stand-up comedian, visual artist, advocate and former mayoral candidate of New Orleans.  He sees himself as neither a victim nor an inspirational force.  Rather, Jonah uses humor, art and grand gestures to communicate his life situation while challenging stereotypes associated with Muscular Dystrophy.

Jonah’s humor and activism attracted the attention of documentary storyteller Hannah Engelson.  “Jonah’s story is really remarkable and aches to be shared with a wider audience” says Engelsen

“Jonah is a developing artist, comedian and activist who is both inspired and constrained by his Muscular Dystrophy and related heart complication.  His attitudes and insights can help so many people with similar life struggles, so I’ve made it my mission to do everything possible to share his heartwarming story.” continues Engelsen.

Jonah and Hannah have recently launched a Kickstarter program to raise $8,000 which will be used to help cover the costs associated with the documentary.  The Kickstarter program has already raised half of their goal so far, and will close on August 28th.  Donors receive a range of rewards for assisting, ranging from original artwork by Jonah to documentary photo sessions.

To view the kickstarter campaign and/or contribute, visit and search for “Jonah Stands Up” or go to

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