'He's s*** at maths!': Autistic comedian brings the house down with hilarious routine about living with his non-autistic brotherby Jack Wright
- Joe Wells performed the sketch at the Top Secret Comedy Club in London
- He said brother is 'very severely not autistic' and has 'all the symptoms'
- The comedian joked his brother loved 'making eye contact' and 'loud noises'
This is the hilarious moment an autistic comedian who has written for Have I Got New For You brings the house down with his sketch about his non-autistic brother.
Joe Wells, 31, performed the routine at the Top Secret Comedy Club in London where he spoke about all the traits of his 'severely not-autistic' sibling.
The young comic, who has has supported Frankie Boyle and Alexei Sayle on tour, joked with the crowd about his own diagnosis with autism in February 2019.
'I am properly diagnosed and everything. So if you heckle me, technically that is a hate crime', Mr Wells quipped, to roars of laughter.
He then started cracking jokes about his brother, claiming that his sibling has 'achieved incredible things for a not-autistic person'.
MailOnline can now reveal that Mr Wells was actually talking about his sister, Emma Wells, but said he had a brother to protect her identity.
A family source said: 'He doesn't have a brother. He was talking about his sister.
'It's just something that comedians do. When they talk about friends or family they have, they usually change the gender or the name to protect their identity.'
In the clip, which went viral over the weekend, Mr Wells says of his 'brother': 'He's very severely not autistic. He's got all the symptoms. He loves making eye contact. He's really into loud, sudden noises. S*** at maths.'
Mr Wells, who has written a book about his experiences of OCD, joked that 'wasn't fair' on non-autistic people - and that they could also be good at maths.
'With the right support you can achieve anything,' he tells the captivated crowd.
In the video, posted online on September 7, Mr Wells turns round comments typically made to autistic people and uses them to joke about his sibling.
He said: 'He went to university, which I think is amazing for a not autistic person. I mean obviously he had a specialist course that was adapted to meet his needs. It's called film and media studies.'
Mr Wells grew up in Waterlooville, Hampshire, and currently lives in Portsmouth with his wife Danika.
He has parents Andrew and Melanie Wells and sister Emma, 28.
The comic's writing career began after his first book - Touch and Go Joe, written when he was 16 - was published in 2006. His 128-page book describes his battle with OCD from when he first started developing symptoms aged nine and following his diagnosis aged 12.
The family source told MailOnline: 'I'm really about of everything he's achieved.
'If it wasn't for the mental health adversities he's overcome, he would never have become a comedian. He's had a lot to deal with, first being diagnosed with OCD and then being diagnosed with autism.
'I think he was inspired by his own adversities to talk to other people, so started giving talks up and down the country.
'Once he was used to getting up in front of an audience, he started making jokes instead, and that's how he got into stand-up.'
He opened up about his experiences last year before performing his Edinburgh Fringe show - called Joe Wells Doesn't Want to Do Political Comedy Anymore!
In an interview with the Star and Crescent, Mr Wells said he always felt 'different' to people while he was growing up and 'didn't fit in'.
He added: 'When we talk about mental health, people say 'It's OK to feel sad; it's OK to feel this or that'. But you rarely hear people say 'It's OK to feel really angry about things which aren't anyone's fault'.
'I can feel angry about things that happened in the past and there's rarely an individual I can blame for stuff that's happened in the past. But I can still feel that anger. And it's valid. It's OK to feel really angry.'