This hilarious 89-year-old's comedy debut is just the laugh you need.

At 89 years young, Chuck Esterly is beginning his career in stand-up comedy.

The elderly man from Cincinnati, Ohio, is hilariously showing that it's never too late to try something new, like ... standing on a stage, in the spotlight, and performing a comedy routine for the first time ever.

He's crushing it.


Starting strong right out of the gate. All GIFs from MarkChalifouxComedy/YouTube.

How did this even happen?! Well, it's simple. The local Sycamore Senior Center offered a Stand-up 101 class and Esterly just went for it.

Comedian Mark Chalifoux was one of his teachers. He had this to say about Esterly to Splitsider:

"There aren't many new life experiences you can have at 89, so it was really cool of both the Sycamore Senior Center and Go Bananas to put [the stand-up class] together.
I've seen a lot of open-micers at Go Bananas before, but he was calmer and more collected than all of them and it was a delight to watch him destroy on stage."

OMGGGGG.

He pokes a lot of fun at his age while simultaneously breaking stereotypes of what it means to get older.

And when addressing his motivation to be on stage at the Go Bananas Comedy Club in the first place, Esterly laid it out so well:

"I think it's because I'd like to prove to you and to myself that just because you get old, you don't have to stop having fun and surprising things happen every day."

The end of that quote eventually ends in a sex joke, but you get the gist. He's having a blast. What a nice motivator to take risks and mix up our daily routines more often.

We're all capable of a lot more than we think. All it takes is trying.

Thanks Mr. Esterly, for the reminder.

You can check out his full routine here:


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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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