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On Wednesday, October 19, thousands of youth turned on their computers to hear their questions answered by the adored comedy sketch group, Studio C. The cast of 10 faithful members answered questions about creating clean comedy, doing missionary work, enduring difficult challenges, and even improving your dance moves. We have some of the highlights here.
Cast members include Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Jason Gray, Matt Meese, Adam Berg, Stacey Harkey, Natalie Madsen, Stephen Meek, James Perry, and Jeremy Warner.
Question: "What inspired you to start Studio C?" –Eliana, Virginia
Answer: Mallory said that the cast members all went to BYU together. They met in an on-campus group called Divine Comedy.
“It ended up taking a lot of our time, and we loved it,” she said. As Mallory explained, Matt approached BYUtv with the idea of starting a sketch comedy show. “They kind of just lifted our cast and put us on TV.”
Question: "How do you keep your humor clean and family-friendly?" –Maria, Michigan
Answer: James commented that, because the group members have the values that they have, “What we think is funny is going to be clean. (…) We thought that there was a need [for comedy families could watch together], and we hope to continue doing it.”
Question: "You guys are cheerful whenever I see you! Thank you for your positive attitude. Any ideas for staying cheerful in today's world?" –Nathanael, Facebook
Answer: “We’re not always happy,” Matt said. He advised youth to keep the perspective that, no matter what your circumstances are, “it’s not going to last that long. The bad things will pass.”
He reminded viewers that the good things are what will continue into eternity. Stephen added that, when we focus on others, “it will lead to happiness.”
Question: "I live in an area where LDS people are the minority. Do you have any advice on how I can stand firmly for my beliefs, even if it means taking the risk of being ridiculed?" –Sabrina, Illinois
Answer: A lot of James’ friends in high school were nonmembers. He said that when he confidently embraced his beliefs, they respected it. One day, when he went to his friend’s house, they turned off the movie they were watching because they knew he was careful about the media he watched.
“I felt good that my friends respected me. But the other thing that I felt was, ‘Oh, am I being left out?’” He ultimately decided that, “if I’m being left out, I’ve decided I don’t need to be a part of it.”
Question: “Did all the guys serve missions? If so where did you serve? And how has the service blessed your life?” —Wyatt Williams, Facebook
Answer: Adam, who served in Taiwan, said that during his mission, there was one particular day when he was feeling frustrated. “I wasn’t sure how to handle it.” His junior companion (at the time) advised him to use gratitude to overcome his anger. He began listing the things he was grateful for. “That list was so much longer, and I could appreciate how much good was going on in my life.”
“People don’t become converted to the gospel because you’re good at talking,” added Matt. “The Holy Ghost moves upon them.” He says it took him 4–6 months to realize he needed to “get out of the way” of the messages the Lord wanted him to convey.
Question: “What helped you prepare for parenthood?” — Caitlyn, California
Answer: Jeremy, a proud father himself, said, “Whatever it is you accomplish with your life, nothing is going to compare to being a parent. It’s a great, sacred responsibility.”
Whitney’s emphasis was on developing a relationship with our Heavenly Father. “He loves you so much because you’re His,” she said. “Being a parent opens your heart and expands your soul; it makes you feel whole, as big as the universe. That’s how Heavenly Father feels about us.”
Question: "During your [Jason’s] daughter’s critical time in the intensive care unit, what helped you get through that experience?" –Chad, Idaho
Answer: Jason, whose daughter suffered a brain aneurism, advised youth to rely on the peace that the Atonement can bring, and to use Priesthood. “Sometimes the most righteous people in the world lose their loved ones.”
After a priesthood blessing, he knew that, no matter what happened, he would be okay. “No matter what you’re going through, someone out there has already experienced it for you. There’s someone who is ready to give you that peace. [The Savior] is ready at the door to give it to you. Pray and rely on your close relationships and loved ones.”
All members of the Studio C cast emphasized the importance of their relationships—their relationships with the Savior, their families, and each other. The final thought came from Stephen, whose advice to youth on surviving high school was to “be endlessly kind. It's really easy to burn a bridge, to say something that you don’t mean to say. Take care of other people, and I think when you do that, you're going to find yourself in the right place.”