Opera Singer Goes Viral + NYC’s Comedy Club for Teens | Good Start | NowThis

A woman experiencing homelessness And a On this week’s Good Start. Hey guys and welcome to Good Start. I’m Sally Turner. Last week one, LAPD officer filmed an opera singer experiencing homelessness on the subway. After posting the video online, it took off and has now landed into the lap of a record producer. went viral last week after a video of her in a The LAPD tweeted the video of her singing with Puccini, captioning it, ‘4 million people call L.A. home. Four million stories, four million voices. Sometimes you just have to stop and listen to one to hear something beautiful.’ The for her and the video racked up more than a million views. Now it’s been reported that of Grammy nominated producer, Joel Diamond, who wants to Emily reportedly found herself homeless after falling into debt for medical bills. A GoFundMe has raised over seventy five thousand dollars for L.A.’s Downtown Women’s Center to It is yet to be confirmed whether or not Emily will sign with Diamond’s label, but one thing is for sure, a voice like that needs to be shared with the world. And for our main story, middle school and high school are awkward time for a lot of teenagers. But at a beloved program run out of Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, students are turning their everyday troubles into comedy gold. You know, Where, like, we don’t get praised enough for doing it. Teenagers doing comedy. My goodness. I couldn’t even form full sentences when I was a teenager. What made you want to get into comedy in the first place? Originally I didn’t want to do it. My mom found the Kids ‘N Comedy camp online and she was like, ‘Kayla, you have to do it.’ And I was like, ‘You’re crazy. I’m not doing stand-up comedy. What do I look like?’ I mean, when I’m having a conversation, I like it to be meaningful. I already— I’m back in school. I’m already listening to people talk about stuff I don’t care about for, like, eight hours a day. But then I did do it, and she was like, ‘You can leave after the third day. If you don’t like it, you can stop. I’ll let you stop.’ And I enjoyed it a whole lot and That person laughing really loud is my mom. You know, in class I was always anxious to raise my hand. I or anything. I think part of it was I wanted to speak, like I wanted to have a way to share my opinion more. So I felt like One of the questions I had to answer for a particular college was, ‘What will you contribute to our community?’ I don’t know. I’m going to contribute what every other college student contributes. Seventy thousand dollars. And a prescription for Lexapro. Our classes are all taught by stand-up comedians. So these are— these are people who are out there every night, in clubs, performing. And You just have to come here with the material. We’ll give you notes on it and then you’ve got to make sure you do that work over the week and then you guys will be on your way to having hilarious stand-up bits. We try to to find within them. Help them write it down, help them shape it themselves. I also have a Canadian friend and it’s really interesting how she uses certain phrases that we wouldn’t use here in America. Like, ‘Pass the syrup.’ Or, ‘free health care.’ What kind of things are you doing? Like how are you making your material? How are you collaborating with the different kids? Like, what are you all doing? There are questions about our lives. Like they say, maybe one will be like. ‘What do you hate about your school?’ or ‘Who’s the weirdest friend you have? Why are they so weird?’ And it’s not even at that point about like making a joke. It’s just and then from there, we kind of like you know? From there Here’s a tip: don’t get a dyslexic kid a book for his birthday. Giving a dyslexic kid a book for his birthday is like giving an elderly man who can just barely walk a pair of skis for his birthday. What does it feel like when everyone’s, like, laughing at you and you get that round of applause at the end. Yeah. Today was better than usual because there was a lot of people today, but most of time I sort of just blackout until the end. I don’t really know if I did well. You haven’t received a heckler or anything yet? No. It’s, it’s basically just parents in here. So I don’t think 40-year-old moms drinking rosé are going to heckle the students. Most people have to get comfortable in a monologue situation, and You’re in it together with about 10 or 11 other people in your class and, you know, you start walking on the stage over here and and then you walk over there I think it and they’re—they have jobs and they get in front of an audience. And maybe at a meeting that they have to deliver and, um, it keeps people who are falling asleep, So the school year just started. Which means congratulations to all the parents out there. You can start drinking all those unhealthy amounts of rosé at those book club meetings you’re going to. I don’t recall a parent ever coming up to me and saying, you really destroyed that kid’s by exposing them to this program. Most of the time it’s quite the opposite. Every single one of us that have gone up on this stage and done the routine, we all at one point were saying why are we trying to do stand-up comedy right now. Like, why aren’t we just doing soccer like a normal kid. The truth is that anyone can do it because everyone can draw things from their life and, even like other people’s lives. In reality, all these big things I feel I’m worrying about, a lot of my peers are worrying about, don’t really matter all that much. So if I can find a way to laugh at that it feels a lot better than stressing. Because granted New York is awful. It’s really an awful place but it’s got that sort of charm to it, you know? Like, when the guy breakdancing on the subway accidentally kicks you in the face. It sucks but it feels cultured. Thank you everybody. Kids ‘N comedy has monthly pros shows at Gotham Comedy Club. And if you know a kid who is interested in stand-up, we’ll be leaving a link in the comments below to kids in comedy’s Web site. For more information. So that is it for this week’s show. Be sure to like our page and follow us for more positive stories to make your day. Thanks so much for watching and we’ll see you back here next week for another Good Start.


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