If you’ve ever experienced stage fright, the feeling is awful, but if you don’t get nervous as soon as you step in front of a crowd, consider yourself lucky.
Braydon Startare, 9, was all set to perform his solo comedy routine at his elementary school’s talent show in Glassboro, New Jersey, when all of a sudden the cat got his tongue.
The 9-year-old stood on stage with a microphone in one hand and a notecard in the other, but he said nothing. He took a deep breath as his schoolmates and teachers cheered him on from the audience, but still not a word.
“I was on the side saying, ‘You got this Bray! You got this Bray!’ And time went on, he looked over and he gave me that kind of look. How many times did we practice this?” Brian Startare, Braydon’s father told PHL 17.
After Braydon took a seat on the stage and it didn’t look like any amount of encouragement from the audience could convince him to start his routine, Brian, who is a media personality, made the decision to join his son onstage.
“I kind of got caught between the fact that I didn’t want to step in and take away from him … but at the same point I didn’t want to see him struggle out there,” he said.
“We’re going to do this together,” Brian said, as the two shared a brief hug before launching into the anticipated comedy bit.
The two completed the three-minute routine together. Braydon confidently delivered all of the punchlines.
The crowd loved them.
“When I got finished I got a little emotional because I felt so overwhelmed for him. It’s a moment we will always have,” Brian said. “I hope … I instilled some trust with him that he knows that I’m going to be there for him, as all fathers should.”