New film follows NJ comedian's transition to her authentic life

Julia Scotti attends the "America's Got Talent" Season 11 Live Show at Dolby Theatre on August 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A New Jersey comedian, who has been performing in the Philadelphia region for decades, is the focus of a film premiering at the Nantucket Film Festival on Tuesday. 

In 2000, she got a divorce, began her life-altering transition, and went back to school to become a teacher. But her heart was in comedy. 

Her friend, comedian Chris Rich, from Lower Makefield, offered her a gig.

"She had been working at the Comedy Works in Bristol, and she arranged that I could come and do a guest set. And that's how the whole thing started," Scotti said.

"I'm having the time of my life."

Scotti is also appearing in "More Women of a Certain Age" on Showtime, and she has spoken about bullying of transgender youth at teacher in-service days.