Wouldn’t you love a personalized video of birthday wishes from some of the country’s top comics? Jay Leno, Dane Cook, D.L. Hughely and a slew of other comedians did just that last night as the heartwarming story and video has gone viral. A Michigan boy named Colin turns 11 on March 9. He lives with sensory processing disorder, which makes it bit difficult for him to make friends at school. “He eats lunch alone in the office every day because no one will let him sit with them,” his mother wrote, “and rather than force someone to be unhappy with his presence, he sits alone in the office.”
When told there was “no point” in having a birthday party with no friends, his mother created a ‘Happy Birthday Colin’ Facebook page which has since exploded with more than 2 million likes.
One of the many people wishing Colin a happy birthday is Dave Williamson, a Los Angeles comedian, who found out that Colin wants to be a comic when he grows up. So he rounded up an enviable group of stand-ups to give this bullied boy some well-deserved birthday wishes. The video was uploaded to YouTube last night and has already garnered over 20,000 views! Check out the video below and click here to wish Colin a happy birthday yourself!
We reached out to Williamson to ask what inspired him to create the video. Here’s what he said:
I just found it refreshing that people were rallying around this Mom’s gesture and it was blowing up so fast, which usually only happens when a celebrity trips or goes to rehab. I was reading one of the articles and in a caption under a picture of Colin, his Mom said that he likes to make videos and humorous observations and may want to be a comedian one day. I thought it would be cool to make a video message for him and if I could get more recognizable comics to participate and do the same, I figured it would have more of an impact for him. I told the Comedy and Magic club and the Improv what I was doing and they were very cool about it. Nobody even hesitated when I asked them. A few had even already heard the story. So I just drove all over LA for a week and asked comics to help. So all in all, it was a very reinvigorating week for me and I felt the love in the comedy community. It didn’t take a lot of work and I spent zero dollars on it so why not put a little effort in to hopefully make an impact on somebody who seemingly deserves it? So many people have overcome similar challenges to become successful comics, why not Colin?