MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. -- Marines and sailors aboard the Combat Center were treated to food, comedy and music during the first Leatherneck Comedy Tour of 2014 at the base theater, Jan. 10, 2014.
The tour, currently in its third year, serves to entertain service members stationed at different bases around the world. The show featured comedians Jay Mohr, Ronnie Jordan and Shawn Felipe, disc jockey Mike Saunders and singer Keri Hilson.
“It’s an honor to perform for these Marines,” said Ronnie Jordan, comedian, Leatherneck Comedy Tour. “I’ve been [performing on] bases and tours for the military since my start in comedy. Anything I can do to give back, I jump at the opportunity. I appreciate what they do.”
The show was met with very positive feedback from its Combat Center audience, who continuously clapped and cheered for the comedians on stage.
“I loved the show. These comedians were really funny,” said Pfc. David Wulbrecht, student, Marine Corps Communication-Electronics School. “These events help break the monotony of daily life and allow us to come and enjoy ourselves. I hope to see it again.”
Prior to the first comedian, DJ Mike Saunders played music and invited some Marines from the audience to dance on stage. With their spirits high, the show kicked off in full gear.
Comedians Ronnie Jordan, Shawn Felipe and Jay Mohr put on a humorous array of jokes, stories and life lessons for the audience, all met with roars of laughter.
“I think the show went great,” said Michael A. Brown, program specialist, Single Marines Program, Headquarters Marine Corps. “The Marines got to laugh and relax throughout.”
After the stand-up comedy performances, singer Keri Hilson took the stage with a lively performance of songs. Those seated quickly rose and rushed to the base of the stage to show their enthusiasm and appreciation for her performance.
“It’s a fun show and the Marines deserve it,” Brown said. “We love and hope to continue doing this for Marines and sailors at different installations.”
According to Brown, this year’s tour will see 22 scheduled shows across stateside and overseas installations. For the first time in the tour’s history, it will stop at Marine Corps Base Camp Mujuk, South Korea.
For the comedians, the opportunity to continue bringing entertainment to those who serve is highly anticipated.
I’m looking forward to landing in Japan and South Korea to meet the Marines there, Jordan said.
The Leatherneck Comedy Tour is slated to return to the Combat Center later this year.