Holocaust Survivor, 90, Makes Comedy Debut

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One Arizona woman is showing the world that it's never too late to go for your dreams.

Gert Schuster, 90, recently performed her stand-up comedy routine at the Improv Comedy Club in Tempe, Ariz.

However, Schuster said she's more of a sit-down comedian: she does her entire set from her wheelchair.

She bills herself as Gert the Joke Lady.

"When I first saw her come off the elevator…my first thought was, 'What do you want?'" Improv owner Tony Vicich told AmericasComedy.com.

"I had never seen her or heard of her. Then, she said she wanted to do a stand-up show," he said.

As a Holocaust and cancer survivor, Schuster's background adds more fuel to her comedy flame.

"Laughter is the most important thing, I think," she said. "I don't try to force people to laugh. I just tell my stories … Luckily, I get a good reception."

Shuster was inspired to live out her comedy dream after almost losing her life. In 2004, she was seriously ill and slipped into a month-long coma.

When she woke up, she decided it was time to tackle something new. Shuster's new life goal was to be a comedian.

"If you would have told me a few weeks ago that I would be at the Improv, I would have called my friend, the shrink, and say, 'I've got a customer for you,'" she said.

"It's better to laugh than to cry. You don't get much company when you're crying. Let's be honest about it," Shuster added.

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