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 second Leatherneck Comedy Tour of 2014 at the base theater, Mar. 14, 2014.
The tour, which travels throughout various Marine Corps installations, provides entertainment to service members around the world. The show featured comedians Byron Bowers, Jim McCue and Ben Gleib, as well as a musical performance by Eve 6.
“I have always taken gigs when the opportunity comes up to perform for the troops,” said Gleib. “I can’t think of a more important gig to take. I feel like as citizens we are all family in a way, and this is the least I can do to support the people who are our first line of defense.”
During the show, Marines and sailors in attendance could be seen laughing and enjoying the show with their peers.
“The first time I saw this show I was in Okinawa, and I thought it was great” said Cpl. Jordan McNeal, data network specialist, Marine Wing Support Squadron 374. “I felt like they incorporated a lot more crowd participation during this show, and that made it a lot more personal and funny. It is nice to be able to come out here and enjoy the more simple things in life like a comedy show.”
During the show, each comedian performed individually, before the show ended with a performance from Eve 6.
This is the second comedy tour held at the Combat Center this year, and a third and final tour for the year is scheduled to happen in August, according to Darryl Elliott, recreation attendant, Single Marine Program.
“We usually only get one tour a year. This year we got three,” said Elliott. “We get a lot of positive feedback from the shows. It’s a great opportunity for the Marines and sailors here to enjoy a fun, free afternoon full of entertainment.”
This year’s tour will see 22 scheduled shows at installations both stateside and overseas, according to Michael A. Brown, program specialist, Single Marines Program, Headquarters Marine Corps.
“These shows never fail to bring a good time to the Marines and sailors, and we hope to keep providing that,” Brown added.