Through Darkness, Alyssa Limperis Learned How to Laugh – The Wall Street Journal

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Alyssa Limperis, 31, is a comedian and actress best known for her “mom videos” on Twitter and YouTube, in which she pretends to be her mother. She currently stars in the independent film “Too Late,” on Amazon Prime and other streaming platforms. She spoke with Marc Myers.
When I was 12, I woke up in the middle of the night with a fever. My legs wouldn’t move so my parents rushed me to the emergency room. I had a staph infection and was paralyzed, and stayed in the hospital for a few weeks. I started physical therapy there and rehabbed at home.
This crisis happened the day after my grandmother died, so my 85-year-old grandfather moved into the ground-floor extension of our house. I couldn’t climb stairs, so I moved in there, too.
Papou—Greek for grandpa—and I were both at difficult new stages of our lives. Rooming together at that scary time brought us close.
My older brother, Mark, and I grew up in Seekonk, Mass., near the Rhode Island border. Our family lived in a two-story, white and red-brick house with a porch.
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