Most comics start their careers in college, or soon after. Some even years later. Which is why comedian Sarah Kasrovi is not like most comics.
When she was only six years old, Kasrovi’s grandmother passed away after a long battle with scleroderma, an incurable disease that causes the skin and joints to harden. Big names in comedy like Bob Saget, who’s sister also died from the disease have been raising money for cause as well (see video below).
When Kasrovi saw how sad her mother was, she tried cheering her up with jokes. Turns out, she was a pretty funny six year old.
At age 11 she launched her stand-up comedy career. Yes, age 11. She played local comedy clubs in San Jose, CA and private parties, and donated her earnings to scleroderma research.
Now at age 16, Kasrovi — who goes by the stage name Sarah Kay — will be one of six performers appearing at the Celebration of Life Comedy Show on April 30, a fundraiser her mother is organizing for the scleroderma research foundation.
Kasrovi mostly talks about her family on stage, depicting her parent’s accents, and their old-fashioned ways. At such a young age, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kasrovi with a few hours of material by the time she is in her 20’s – something most comics don’t even dream of at that age.
You can read more about Kasrovi’s story and learn about scleroderma in this feature story from the Mercury News.