When it comes to humor, few people are pulling off self-awareness like Zach Anner.
The comedian, former TV show host, fitness instructor, and writer has garnered tons of attention on YouTube and Reddit for his hilarious workout videos. In them, he combines an encouraging tone about working out with hilarious jokes — about everything from his cerebral palsy to the clothes he is wearing.
"If you don't have a walker it probably means you can already walk," he says in one of his videos. "So you're ahead of the game!"
Anner, who hosts a YouTube show called "Workout Wednesdays" (despite bring in a wheelchair), has had rises and falls in his fame. At one point, Anner was hosting his own show on the channel OWN. It was eventually cancelled for poor ratings, but he's kept at the YouTube video creation and now has more than 170,000 followers.
Just take a look at his guide to getting your workout gear together.
As you can probably imagine, Anner's videos and his humor have been an inspiration to many.
Zach, I was a care giver, while you were running for the Oprah spot, and one of my clients has cerebral palsy. I just wanted to let you know that your videos, such as the one where you hike the mountain, or where you were out on the track, or the one where you visited the capitol building brought so much joy and hope to her.You inspired her to be better than she thought she could be. You helped her to realize that she was in control of their own destiny, not her disabilities. I don't work with her anymore but we remain friends to this day, so on behalf of her and all others like her I just want to say thank you. You are an inspiration to those who cannot find it.Keep doing what you do, you are a wonderful human being.P.S. She said you were "cute". Don't tell anyone I told you that. She would kill me.
But he's done more than just make people laugh.
Recently, Anner spoke on comedy and interfaith topics.
"Everything that I go through, every struggle, when I have a sense of humor about it, it makes it a story worth telling, as opposed to a hurdle to get over," Anner said.
Despite Anner's cerebral palsy having an effect on his mobility, his brain function isn't affected. Because of that, Anner says he's able to use his disability and the expectations that come with it as "a tool that I can use to my favor to disarm people."
Now, in Austin (where he is from), Anner has become a bit of a local hero. And it's no wonder. Just take a look at some of his most inspirational and funny quotes: