Pam is going to give a presentation in a conference and she comes to Ivy Training Center to seek help. Since everybody is occupied, Ivy ends up assisting Pam. The Ivy Training Center almost went out of business several months ago–business was slow to a crawl due to pandemic but the rent had to be paid, albeit in a lowered amount, after all the negotiations with the plaza owner.
However, business is picking up right now, much to the surprise of the owner Ivy and her husband Tom Psai. It turns out that other similar businesses all went under and Ivy Training Center is the only place people can go for help now.
Ivy did everything to help Pam, including all the comments for the slides she’s going to show. And she even managed to find a joke for Pam to put in one of the slides to lighten up the mood.
“I am so nervous. I don’t think I can go. People just don’t like me. They don’t like my accent. I have an accent. An Asian accent. Can I fake an illness?” Pam asks in the end.
“Nonsense. Of course you are going. Don’t worry.” Ivy tries to cheer Pam up.
“No, I can’t. I have some stage fright and I hate my accent. I won’t be able to go on the stage at all. I don’t think so.”
“Albert Einstein has an accent, but everybody loves him. You know he used to live in Princeton not far away from here.” Ivy racks her mind to find something positive to say.
“Come on, Ivy. Albert Einstein has an European accent. People love European accent, like those tennis stars and supermodels. In the hierarchy of accent, European accent is at the top while my Asian accent is at the bottom.”
“Don’t think this way. You are just going to upset yourself more by thinking this way. Try to imagine people love you and you love people.”
Despite Ivy’s efforts, Pam refuses to be comforted. Ivy almost runs out of ideas before she suddenly comes up with something.
“You know, Ronny Chieng has an accent. He’s from Malaysia. He’s a popular comedian right now.” Ivy says.
“So? How will that help me?” Pam says in despair.
“How about this–Russell Peters has a comedy clip called ‘accent’ and it might cheer you up.” Ivy says and find the YouTube clip on her cell phone for Pam.
They listen to it together and Pam finally burst out laughing, “Hahaha. Russell Peters is my favorite. Everybody has an accent. That’s my line. I am going to put it on my first slide.”