Ben Morrison was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in his teens. Then he decided to turn his Crohn’s into comedy gold: He’s now a stand-up comic and actor.
"Having Crohn’s is like being forced to share an apartment with a bipolar roommate who has sudden bouts of psychosis that keep you both locked inside until it passes."
When funny man Ben Morrison was diagnosed with Crohn's, he didn't know it would make for great comedy. But, in time, Morrison took his Crohn's experience and brought it on stage. His routines proved so funny that Morrison now performs them regularly.
In 2004, Morrison went one step further and compiled all of his Crohn's comedy into a DVD: "PITA (Pain In The Ass): It's Funny on the Inside." On the DVD, Morrison speaks openly and honestly about his Crohn's experience with his own unique brand of humor.
Well, the positive reviews for Morrison's innovative stand-up act keep coming in, which makes Morrison both a comedian as well as an advocate within the Crohn’s community. Morrison copes with Crohn's through comedy, and he teaches his audiences that some good can come when people use laughter to help them through tough times.
Morrison continues his good works to this day by doing charitable work for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. He says, "Meeting other people living with Crohn’s is often very cathartic. The understanding of shared experiences acts as a floodgate for all these emotions, and amazingly, coming to terms with the disease is often step one to calming the pain."