Want to see a triple amputee host the Oscars? Get #Adam4TheOscars trending

Lauren Warner
December 26, 2018 - 10:47 am

Courtesy of the Armed Services Arts Partnership

Adam Keys has already redefined the idea of a rock star. From surviving an IED blast to undergoing 140+ surgeries to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, now he has a new goal: to host the Oscars. 

In the midst of news that Kevin Hart is stepping down as host for the 2019 Oscars, Keys offered The Academy his services. Keys hopes that viewers are still interested in a "short comic," as he stands at 4'11" with his prosthetic legs. 

In the days since Keys' first offer to The Academy, he's now promoting a website #Adam4TheOscars, complete with a pitch and petition that has 1,438 signatures (and counting). A recent graduate of the Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP)'s Comedy Bootcamp, Keys is determined to prove he has what it takes to step up and host. 

"So, when I recently heard that the Oscars were looking for a new host, I thought “why not me?” Keys wrote on his website. "Think about it — I’m funny, I’m handsome, and I look taller on TV. In all seriousness, I couldn’t imagine a better platform to share my story, to show the country that veterans aren’t broken, and to prove that disability is not defining."

In a recent interview with the Military Times, Sam Pressler, ASAP's Executive Director described Adam by saying: “[t>he thing with Adam, he has this choice to be angry and frustrated with his circumstances because of what happened to him, or he could choose to live life as if he’d gotten a second chance ... and he chooses the latter. And I think that’s what really comes across with him.”

Courtesy of Adam Keys

"The Oscars would be the ultimate platform for Keys to share his story and be able to inspire others," Pressler continued. “It’s a long shot, but if there’s anything you’ve seen from Adam, the things that people said are impossible for him to do … as a triple amputee, he’s done it, and so I wouldn’t put it past him to get there.”

Keys knows that its a long shot, considering the list of famous hosts including Bob Hope, Ellen DeGeneres, and Jimmy Kimmel. “All I know is I’m not giving up," he said. “I haven’t yet in life, and pushing my comedy to the next level, in a big way, is a challenge, but a welcomed challenge. I’m ready for it!”

To sign Adam Keys' petition, click here. To help spread the word, click here. To donate to the Armed Services Arts Partnership, click here. 


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