Rock band Lit will play the first of six shows in Japan this Saturday September 7th. To give you a little tease of what you'll hear in concert, enjoy this video for "Miss You Gone" from their recent album
View From the Bottom.
Tour Dates and Locations:
9/7 Iwakuni MCAS
9/11 Yokota AB
9/13 Atsugi NAS
9/14 Camp Zama
9/15 Misawa AB
George Wallace talks to
Armed Forces Entertainment about Upcoming Tour
George Wallace will headline shows with opening act Don Barnhart in Japan from September 5th through the 8th. In this interview, George gives us a taste of what you can see at his show,
or as he likes
to call it, his living room.
George Wallace Tour
Comedian George Wallace is counting down the days until he takes the stage in Japan during his Armed Forces Entertainment tour September 5th through the 8th. He's headlined The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas for over ten years, appeared on almost every morning, afternoon, and late night primetime show in the US, and calls some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry his friends. We recently caught up with George to learn what makes him the funny man he is.
With your headlining show in Vegas, you probably know all of the great places to eat that are off the beaten path. What do you recommend?
Without a doubt, this isn’t off the beaten path, there’s a place called Mon Ami Gabi that is in the Paris hotel. You can sit out on the street and watch the dancing waters over at the Bellagio.
You decided you wanted to be a comedian at the age of six. Do you remember the first joke you ever told and if so, can you share it with us?
The first joke I ever told was from a bubble gum wrapper from bazooka bubble gum wrapper. And that joke was, “How can you beat a 12-inch egg?” With an eggbeater. Now back in the day, that was funny. (Laughs) Now I’ve grown from that but at the time I thought that was so cute.
You yourself are a star, but surely you’ve been star stuck meeting someone. Who was that person?
Well I meet a lot of people. There’s a lady who used to be on a show called The Jeffersons. Her name was Marla Gibbs and her character name was Florence. People like that really throw me off and shock me. And one night I had in the audience William Shatner. And he came up afterwards and spent 30 minutes with me after the show. That blew me away. And of course, me meeting and hanging out with the President of the United States Barack Obama, that was fantastic. I’ll even throw in my best friend for 37 years Jerry Seinfeld. I was roommates with him for 13 years. He doesn’t really excite me, but he’s the best friend I have so I have to throw him some credit.
If you were a new comedian trying to make it big, which of the big competition shows out there would you
want to compete on?
Competition shows are great, but they’re not all straight forward. Most of it is rigged. But right now for comedians it’s mostly America’s Got Talent. Howie Mandell is a good friend. We’re both germaphobic.
We’re sure you’re constantly thinking of jokes, but is there a particular place in your house or any place in your regular routine that you seem to get the best ideas
It doesn’t matter where it is. It could be on an airplane. It could be at dinner, write it down on a napkin. I only work one hour a night but I’m constantly thinking. If I see something or somebody says something stupid, I’ve gotta write it down. Just like, last week somebody ran into the Flamingo and said “It’s raining outside.” And I said, “Well where else would it be raining?” People write my jokes for me. That’s like some kid came up to me in the airport and said he was so happy to meet me. Then he said, “What are you doing? Are you going somewhere?” I Just looked at him. I mean, I’m in the airport so obviously I’m going somewhere.
Lit To Light Up The Stages in Japan
Alternative Rock group Lit is set to tour Japan with six performances during their Armed Forces Entertainment tour. Shows start September 7th and conclude September 15th. The band has shared their 2001 "Something to Someone" video to get everything ready for a night of good music!
Tour Dates and Locations:
9/7 Iwakuni MCAS
9/11 Yokota AB
9/13 Atsugi NAS
9/14 Camp Zama
9/15 Misawa AB
OneRepublic Experiences Life of Soldiers at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Prior to their Armed Forces Entertainment performance in front of 23,300 people at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii July 4th, OneRepublic spent a day with soldiers from the 45th Sustainment Brigade and the Wounded Warrior Detachment. This video documents how they spent their day and their thoughts on the experience.
OneRepublic Breaks Records in Okinawa
OneRepublic broke 2013 attendance records at Camp Hansen, Okinawa during their performance on June 28th. The crowd started forming early and patiently waited for the rock band to take the stage. Some fans even had a chance to meet OneRepublic during a special meet and greet. Check out the photo albums below to see how much fun fans in Okinawa had.
There's still a chance to see OneRepublic during their Armed Forces Entertainment tour. They perform at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii July 4th and are expecting a crowd of ten-thousand. You don't want to miss it!
Meet and Greet Photo Album
NFL Alumni Writes Touching Blog Before Armed Forces Entertainment Tour
Mike Karney is one of three NFL Alumni who are set to visit troops in Singapore, Diego Garcia, and Bahrain seven day Armed Forces Entertainment tour. To say Mike is looking forward to the tour is an understatement. Below is a blog entry he posted on his own website www.mikekarney.com on Monday about his upcoming trip. Make sure to check out the tour schedule here to see when Mike, Robert Williams McQuarters II, and Tony Parrish will be in your area.
Military tour: An honor Monday, June 24, 2013
Coming up this Friday, June, 28th, will be my second military tour in the past year. My first tour was back in September/October of 2012, consisting of 11 total days in three different Middle Eastern countries. Djibouti, Kuwait, and Bahrain, were all uniquely different but the same when it came to visiting with our troops of the Armed Forces. When this opportunity was presented to me, by the Armed Forces Entertainment by way of Pro Tour productions, I didn’t bat an eye and said “when do I leave”. For the longest time I have had a huge amount of respect for our military in all areas that it represents. Serving our country and fighting daily for our freedom is something I don’t take lightly, and I hold in the highest regard. Getting the chance to meet face to face, extend a hand to shake, a smile, a simple look in the eye and a “thank you” is the least I can do. Our courageous troops, for whatever their reasoning is to serve, have a certain type of courage that I know I could never measure up too. I could only hope to have what it takes to do what our troops do for us every single day.
Serving our country does run in both sides of my family. My mom’s dad served. My father’s dad served. My grandpa George Karney served the longest. I never had the privilege to meet Grandpa George who served for six years, and saw plenty of action. I heard bits and pieces growing up of how physically imposing, disciplined, and how tough he was. In the military he was a part of five major conflicts, one being “battle of the bulge”, back in WWII. He was in the 30th infantry regiment, 2nd battalion, with his focus being in Amphibious Warfare tactics. He was honorably discharged in 1945, and received a Purple Heart for being wounded in battle. I took that Purple Heart with me this past fall as a memento and way to pay my respects to a man whose sacrifice has never been forgotten. I am forever grateful to my Grandpa George and the many others who have served and continue to serve to keep our freedom and safety here at home. That being said, I am more pumped than ever even after visiting with over 3,000 troops at 13 different bases in the fall, to meet more of our troops and visit the other bases we will be attending on this tour to Singapore, Diego Garcia, and again in Bahrain. -MK
Current and former Armed Forces Entertainment staff. Brenda C. Gray
is second from the left on the
It is with sadness that we announce the loss of a valuable family member, Brenda C. Gray, whose contributions to the Armed Forces Entertainment mission spanned 18 years. Brenda will be remembered by all of us for her humor, kind spirit, and dedication. Her immeasurable efforts to the work that we do for those who serve will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with her friends and family who cared for her dearly, as did we.
Comedians turn club into 'House of Laughs'
Comedians from the Armed Forces Entertainment Celebrity Comedy Tour brought laughs and excitement to station residents during their show, “Trippin’ with the Troops,” in the Club Iwakuni ballroom here, May 29, 2013.
Don Barnhart's All-Star Comedy Tour Gets "RUFF"
Don Barhart's All-Star Comedy tour just wrapped up the second leg of their Armed Forces Entertainment tour. It's common for our entertainers to participate in some of the same training exercises as soldiers so they have a better idea of the hard work and sacrifices our armed forces go through during deployments. Check out of this video of Don himself experiencing some K9 training.
Comedians bring humor to soldiers at Gaziantep
Four comedians took a trip to Gaziantep, Turkey to visit U.S. Army soldiers manning Patriot Batteries to provide a nice distraction during the service members' deployment...
High Wire Tour
Armed Forces Entertainment is proud to welcome back the Weisheit family as they head to Italy, Germany and the UK to fascinate soldiers during the Geschwister Weisheit High Wire Tour. We got a chance to learn a little more about the family. Below are a few questions about their upcoming tour:
Geschwister Weisheit features three generations of performers, what's the best part of working with family and carrying on that tradition?
We are a family business working together for more than 100 years now. Working with family means a lot for us because we love to keep the tradition and carry on the work from our parents and grandparents. Our family is the highest value we have and that’s what we want to show to our audience. It is nearly impossible in any other job to work so close with family and to see your children grow up, the solidarity and the joy of working together is the greatest luck we have. Every single member enjoys the life and working together.
What's been your favorite AFE tour destination and why?
In 2012, we traveled to Ansbach and Grafenwöhr, Germany! All of the people we met were so nice and kind and the feeling we had to work for the US Army (AFE) was really great and that's why we are really looking forward to every single destination on our tour. It is a very special honor for us to work for you.
What’s special about performing for the troops?
The special thing for us is the fact that we have the possibility to bring back the joy and the fascination of our show to the soldiers and their families, to get them out of the usual everyday life and bring them some hours of happiness and to forget every other problem occurring in their lives.
You have spectacular aerial artistry in your shows including ropewalks, sway poles, pyramids and even a racecar. Anything you're working on currently for
We are always trying to establish ways to improve our show and to make it more interesting for the people. Our program is versatile and there is nearly nothing we don't show in our performance that’s why we are Europe’s greatest high wire troupe – no other group is as big and varied as we are!
What's a typical day of training?
Actually, we don't have typical training days in the winter, when we stay in our home we have a training hall where everybody trains his own part of the show or learns new performances. We also visit fitness clubs to stay fit and in form for the upcoming tours. For our tour in the summer, we practice on the original equipment depending on the time we have between our shows and the weather.
Billy Blanks and Gladiators Cuddle up with Furry Friend!
While on tour with Armed Forces Entertainment from the end of March through mid April, Billy Blanks and the American Gladiators found a furry friend they just couldn't get enough of. Meet Balad, one of the base motivators that we're making our unofficial Armed Forces Entertainment Mascot! From the looks of it, these athletes showed their softer side while cuddling with the little dog. Check out the pictures!
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Armed Forces Entertainment is proud to have three talented actors heading to Southwest Asia to meet soldiers during the Ambassadors of Hollywood Tour. James Lesure, currently starring on the hit TBS show Men At Work, sat down with Armed Forces Entertainment prior to the tour for a quick interview. Check it out below!
We see you attended the Air Force Academy, what’s your dream aircraft to fly?
I'm grateful for my experience at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School. I never dreamed of flying a plane. I recently watched the movie "Flight" and got queasy from the scenes shot in the cockpit.
What is your favorite military related film, TV, or cartoon character?
I have three military movies I like a lot... GLORY... SAVING PRIVATE RYAN... and STRIPES.
3) The new season of Men At Work is about to premiere and you should be spending your time promoting the show but instead, you decided to go on tour with Armed Forces Entertainment. Why was it important for you to take time to go on this tour?
I'm grateful for this opportunity to tell the men and women of the armed forces thank you. I'm glad I get to do it personally. I'm appreciative of the sacrifices and choices they're making to protect me and my loved ones.
4) Anything special you’d like to say to soldiers serving overseas?
I pray that they all will be protected by peace and lead by a universal supremely loving and divine positive strength and energy.
5) What’s one thing you NEVER leave home without that you’ll be taking on your Armed Forces Entertainment tour?
Clean underwear... accidents can happen. In the world and in ones britches... ain't nobody got time for that!
Sean Kent's Photo Album from Operation Laughter!
Comedians Sean Kent, Kristin Key, Matt Davis, and Paul Hooper are currently on tour with Armed Forces Entertainment providing two-and-a-half hours of laughs to soldiers. Enjoy the photo album and commentary by Sean as he continues to check in during the tour!
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Mustang Sally Counting Down Days Until Their Armed Forces Entertainment Tour!
Country music group Mustang Sally will head out on their Armed Forces Entertainment Tour visiting troops in Hawaii and Guam March 11th through the 19th. Check out this special message from them!
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Olympic Athlete Susan Francia Shares Photos from Armed Forces Entertainment Tour!
Susan Francia is one of four athletes who recently completed the Olympic Heroes Armed Forces Entertainment tour that took them to Southwest Asia. Having several friends who are Navy SEALS, Francia had heard a lot of stories about what it’s like to be deployed and she was looking forward to thanking soldiers in person for their service.
Operation Laughter's Kristin Key Gives us a Taste of What's to Come on Tour!
The Armed Forces Entertainment's Operation Laughter tour is jam packed with four acclaimed comedians who are ready to make soldiers and their families laugh out of their seats. Kristin Key is one of those comedians visiting troops from February 15th until March 4th with stops in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Djbouti. Check out this video above to see why you'll want to make it out to the shows!
Sinbad Brings Laughs to Alaska
Longtime supporter of the troops, Sinbad is currently on tour with Armed Forces Entertainment bringing laughs to Alaska now until January 21st. Check out this video as a tease to the good time you could have if you make it out to his shows!
Adam’s Attic Enjoying the “Ride” of Touring
With Armed Forces Entertainment
Adam’s Attic is currently on their 13-day Armed Forces Entertainment tour raising morale in Turkey, and Egypt. full story