Operation Laughter - Armed Forces Entertainment

Operation Laughter (Comedy)

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Southwest Asia

2 July, 2018 – 5 July, 2018

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Featuring comedians Alex Elkin, Benjie Wright, Erik Knowles, James P. Connolly, Lang Parker and Paul Morrissey.

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Alex Elkin

Alex Elkin started his comedy career in the clubs of Hollywood California before he was old enough to be allowed in the front door. At age 18 he took on the wilds of the Jungle Cruise as a skipper for the Disneyland Resort cracking jokes on and off the boat. Working with national acts such as Ralphie May and Carlos Mencia to name just a few, Alex has a reputation in the comedy world as the comic that brings his A-game to every show! He has most recently taken first place in the 2016 San Francisco Comedy Competition. He has been seen on E!’s The Simple Life Season 5, Seasons 4 & 5 of TNT’s LEVERAGE and on NBC’s GRIMM.

Benjie Wright

A comedy circuit favorite and former radio personality, Alabama native Benjie Wright has endeared himself to a wide range of audiences with a contagious laugh and friendly, almost intoxicating demeanor. His unique outlook and quick wit has made him stand out and giving him the opportunity to work with big names like Billy Gardell, Jon Reep and Kristen Keys. Benjie has also been featured on Nashville Star, Funny or Die, and Fox.

Erik Knowles

His debut album, “HIGH AND TIGHT” provides a hilarious glimpse into the life of Erik Knowles. From his experiences in the U.S. Marine Corps to his current role as a father and husband, Erik Knowles finds the inspiration for his humor in his everyday life.

Before Erik Knowles became the one-man comedic sensation he is today, he was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, getting repeatedly demoted for “clowning around.” After yet another incident, his Sergeant, intent on teaching Erik a lesson he clearly wasn’t learning through standard reprimands, signed him up for the Squadron Christmas Party Talent Show. With just a week to prepare, Erik wrote six daring minutes of material that roasted his entire chain of command, earning him his first comedic victory and the respect of his unit.

Erik has come a long way since that first talent show, and is only getting better. After coming in as a runner-up in San Diego’s Funniest Person Contest 2014, he stayed true to his roots, entertaining the troops in the Middle East with Armed Forces Entertainment in 2015, and continues to work with other military and veteran organizations. His COMBAT 2 COMEDY series employs the healing power of laughter, and he is a certified Laughter Therapy Coach with the Air Force Wounded Warriors (AFW2).

As a contestant at 2016’s World Series of Comedy, Erik took first place in every round, ultimately winning the title. He is consistently the most requested comedian among U.S. Troops, receiving many prestigious accolades, including the Veterans Choice Award for Best Comedian in 2016 and the Veteran Achievement Award at The San Diego Comedy Festival in 2015.

James P. Connolly

James P. Connolly is a stand up comedian and radio/TV host known for his playful, confident style and unique sense of humor. He attended Harvard University on a Marine Corps ROTC Scholarship. While serving in Desert Storm, he was ordered to write jokes for a Colonel. Arriving in Hollywood, he began to perform at LA’s major comedy venues and soon popped up on television, commercials, and in small films. James has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, VH1, Comics Unleashed, hosted “Live From Here” for National Lampoon XM Radio, is a frequent guest on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show and recently recorded a “Blue Collar Radio Comedy Concert” for SiriusXM, as one of their most requested acts. James has made multiple trips overseas to entertain the troops and produces an annual Veterans Day Comedy Show benefiting the Semper Fi Fund. He is currently the host of “Vet on the Street” for We Are The Mighty TV.

Lang Parker

Lang Parker, headed out west from Wisconsin 15 years ago and continues her acting career in film, television and performing in commercials. Lang's impressive comedic timing, instant likability on and off camera and impressive writing skills gained her national attention on the Emmy-nominated NBC show Last Comic Standing. She floored judges when she came out in her overhauls and asked, “Have you ever been mistaken for a lesbian?”

Lang regularly tours clubs and cities all over the United States as well as overseas to entertain the US armed forces in Afghanistan and bases in Eastern Asia. Lang’s credits include: Beverly Hills 90210,The Ellen Degeneres Show, a pilot for a major US network, 40+ national and international commercials as well as dozens of movie & television roles. Lang has won California’s Funniest Female Contest and is described as Jane Lynch, consistently drawing parallels with the Rosanne star Laurie Metcalf. Lang also contributes to Shea Magazine. Lang ran her own comedy show in Los Angeles, "West Of The 405", attracted some of the biggest names in comedy and had been voted Top 8 Must-Attend Shows on the westside in beautiful Santa Monica, California.

Paul Morrissey

Comedian known for his many late night TV appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman" & "The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson." Paul headlines theaters and clubs in the US and around around the world. He's headlined the Magner's Comedy Festival is Asia, Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland & Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Paul co-hosts the popular "Come To Papa" radio show with Tom Papa on Sirius XM. The former ABC TV Sports Anchor also appeared in the Nike "Riquickulous" commercials with NBA star Chris Paul.

Tour Schedule

Date
Location / Activity
2
Jul
2018
Southwest Asia
Performance
3
Jul
2018
Southwest Asia
Performance
4
Jul
2018
Southwest Asia
Performance
5
Jul
2018
Southwest Asia
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