Monday, August 4, 2008

Comedians keep service members laughing in Al Asad

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq (July 23, 2008)- Hundreds of service members joined together in the theater here as Scott Kennedy, Kenny Kane and Ron Morey, comedians from Los Angeles, took the stage July 23.

For more than two hours, the comedians kept the audience laughing as they poked fun at the challenges of long-distance relationships, working out at the gym and military customs.

“Believe it or not, we save lives,” said Kennedy, who has performed five times this year at bases in Iraq.

Kennedy sees these performances as beneficial to boosting morale and breaking the monotony of long deployments.

Service members who had seen Kennedy perform in Iraq before, approached him throughout the evening to thank him for the repeat visits by the comedians.
“I honestly miss not being here,” said Kennedy. “I’m pretty committed to all of the armed forces,” he said as he stuck out his arm lined with patch looking tattoos representing all branches of the U.S. military.

Following the show, each comedian took the time to personally meet, shake hands and take pictures with audience members.

“My friends and I attended the show and it was a blast,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Lambert, a career retention specialist with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward). “It brings ‘home’ to us here and allows all of the branches of the military to get together in one spot and enjoy some laughs.”

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