On Thursday night, HLN’s Dr. Drew talked to two little people who grew up being picked on for their size … but they used their troubled childhoods to ultimately educate and make people laugh.
Today, they are both successful stand-up comedians.
Brad Williams, who is 4'4" being born with achondroplastic dwarfism, told the story of how his father raised him using “tough love” in order to prepare him for the abuse he thought his son would face later in life.
“When I was born, [my dad] knew that I would encounter hardships in my life -- so his philosophy was not to shelter me away from the world and hide from the hardships,” Williams explained. “He would constantly make fun of me, but do it in a safe environment. He would say, 'I just made fun of you, now hit me back. Get me with something'.”
Tanyalee Davis, who was born with diastrophic dwarfism and stands at 3' 6", added, “From a young age, I was able to overcome stuff and just deal with and roll with the punches. People made fun of me, but … I was introverted. Comedy is actually what brought me out of my shell.”
Watch the full clip in the video player above.