‘I’m not in any way down-playing the challenges we have. I’m not laughing at it — but there’s comedy in our everyday lives’
Aidan Comerford has managed to turn the worst into the hilarious. The Irish comedian has a bad run of unfortunate events. To begin with he lost his job on his birthday.Four days later, his two young daughters were diagnosed with autism. In the midst of this, his wife suffers from an idiopathic hypersomnia – a sleep condition which causes excessive sleepiness. As if things couldn’t be tougher she has depression. With all this becoming too much they struggled to keep their home in Ashbourne, Co Meath.
An Irish comedian has turned his families misfortune into hilarious new book Cornflakes for Dinner.
Now they have managed to fight through all of this and come out on the other side. To cope with it all Aidan decided to write a book about their struggles. Cornflakes for Dinner isn’t a reflection of how they felt through it all, in fact, it’s hilarious.
He told The Sun: “It started when I did a 20-minute routine about autism and people said that it’s something I should develop, so the book began from there.
“After Sophie was diagnosed in 2010, I remember thinking, ‘This will be fine as long as I don’t lose my job’.
“Four days later I was made redundant — on my birthday. I think it should actually be made illegal to fire someone on their birthday.
“I thought I’d lose my house but six weeks later I picked up another job in the same field but for half the pay.”
The comedian won So You Think You’re Funny? at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2014.
He added: “I’m not in any way down-playing the challenges we have. I’m not laughing at it — but there’s comedy in our everyday lives.
“Even though not everyone has the same issues as us, everyone faces challenges.
“Everyone who has been through the recession will identify with the book and people who have children with autism hopefully will relate.”
He added that he hopes it will help others by making them both laugh and cry.
“The weekend that we found out about the children — I called it the ‘Hard Weekend’ as I couldn’t stop crying.