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Disadvantaged kids graduate from comedy camp

August 30, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Twenty-five young performers earned their "bachelor of laughs" degree Tuesday night from the Laugh Factory's 26th annual Comedy Camp for disadvantaged children.

Janelle Avila and her kids' Comedy Camp classmates spent their Saturdays this summer being mentored by well-known comedians.

"These kids have never been the center of attention in a positive way. This is their big night. This is graduation. I wouldn't miss it," comedian Paul Rodriguez said.

It's about more than just comedy. The goal is to build confidence in these kids.

"I didn't really believe in myself," said Chidera Victoria Bosah. "I didn't really think I was going to be that good, that talented. But coming here, I was bright enough to show the crowd that I was really that good. So it helped with my confidence, everything, my speech, everything."

Graduate Fernando Aguilar said the experience has been amazing.

"All I wanted to do is make everyone besides my family laugh," he said.

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