New Jersey native gets the premium cable spotlight in new comedy special

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A new comedy special on Showtime is out to prove that you don't have to be 20 to be funny. And one of the headliners is a comedian from New Jersey who's been honing her craft for more than 50 years.

 “More Funny Women of a Certain Age” is Showtime's second television event focusing on comedians with a little more life experience. "I don't care what age you are, funny never gets old,” said New Jersey native Julia Scotti, who is known for her run on "America's Got Talent."  Scotti — a transgender woman — says getting a spot on the lineup feels like validation for her.  "Being in this show is everything. It's being part of a special sisterhood. I'm honored. The feelings are just one good one after another. I can't say enough about it. I'm just honored to be a part of it,” she added. Scotti's friend Carole Montgomery is producing and appearing on the show. The special also features Carol Leifer, Tammy Pescatelli, Thea Vidale, and headliner Caroline Rhea of "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" fame. “Almost any other performing arts, the more mature you get, the better your craft gets. It’s the same way with comedians. We work all our lives to perfect our craft  and then we hit a certain age and the industry says 'nope, bring in the next one' and we're here to say no, we're taking it back,” Scotti said.  “More Funny Women of a Certain Age” airs Saturday, March 14 on Showtime.