By: Marissa Ammon
In December of 2016, I got to meet one of my favorite comedians, Sheryl Underwood. She was performing at the Levity Live, a comedy club venue located inside the Palisades Mall in West Nyack, NY. She had been performing there for a few years. For the last eight years, Underwood has been a co-host of the CBS talk show, The Talk, which was one of my favorite shows in high school. This is why I wanted to see her act.
You had to be at least eighteen to attend one of the Levity Live comedy shows. Once I turned eighteen, I waited for the tickets to come. My dad took me and this would be a day I would remember for the rest of my life.
In an article earlier this year, I wrote about the Palisades Mall being my happy place since I was little. I’ve had many memories over the years, especially this night.
I was the youngest person there. She literally said, “Where are the young people at?” Me and another girl raised her hand, and she said she was twenty-six. When I told her I was eighteen, she was shocked. She then came up to me a few minutes later and asked, “What do you do for a living?” I responded embarrassingly, “I’m still in high school.” Finally, she asked me what I want to be when I graduate, and I said a teacher. She faced the audience, “You hear that, she wants to teach the children.”
Sheryl Underwood may not be heard of by many people around my age, but she was probably the most famous person I met thus far. I remember freaking out inside and being so happy. Unfortunately, I couldn’t meet with her after the show. So, I couldn’t take pictures or videos. The photos below, however, were taken that night.
If you’ve never been to Levity Live, I encourage anyone who’s old enough to go. The place is literally a restaurant as well with drinks and good food. Arrive early so you can get a front row seat, which is what I did. This summer, Levity Live hosted several outdoor comedy shows in the Palisades Center parking lot. It is times like these where I reflect back on all the adventures I took in my life; adventures I would never be able to take during the pandemic. I appreciate my dad sharing that moment with me and I am grateful for this experience of levity.