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The best kept secret in music


"Military is Most Deserving Audience for Comedy Tour"

Military is Most Deserving Audience for Comedy Tour

By Robin A. Hillyer Miles, Navy Personnel Command MWR Public Affairs

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- Four headliner comedians recently spent two weeks entertaining the fleet as part of the Comics on Duty World Tour.

More than 850 active-duty personnel enjoyed the free shows at bases in Tokyo, Yokosuka, Atsugi, Sasebo, and Okinawa in Japan, and Seoul and Pusan in the Republic of Korea.

The Comics on Duty World Tour was part of an entertainment initiative produced by Navy's Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Division.

"Navy and other military folk overseas are starved for stateside entertainment," said Command Master Chief (SS) Gale Bond, MWR Division's command master chief and tour manager for the comedy tour. "We took them a piece of home and the Sailors loved it. The comedians were all headliners too; it wasn't your typical local comedy club line-up with varied levels of talent. All four of these fellows were equally top-billed, talented and professional, with their hearts in the right place. I saw all eight shows and was highly entertained in each one."

Comics on Duty World Tour is produced by Rich Davis of Davis Entertainment Group out of Michigan.

"This was the first time in the pacific region for our tour," said Davis. "It is exciting to travel with this caliber of talent, they play off each other and get along splendidly. Chris Alpine, Richie Byrne, Kevin Jordan and Gary Lazer each have 10-15 years experience and can play to any audience. The shows we did on this trip were rated PG-13 and were diverse in material based on location and audience."

"The comedians we take on the military tours such as this one sponsored by MWR are doing the shows for the right reason. Many have experienced the emotion that's involved with the military and can meld well with the audience. We view the military as a most deserving audience," said Davis. "A show with this level of talent would cost $25-$30 per person in Las Vegas. MWR and Comics on Duty World Tour are in it for the emotion not for the bucks."

Navy MWR, in support of "Operation Enduring Freedom," provides top-quality entertainment for Sailors and their families.

For more information on entertainment or other MWR programs, visit the Navy MWR Web site at - US Navy Press Release

"Television Credits"

- Sex and the City
-The Sopranos
-Law & Order: Criminal Intent
-The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet
-Comedy Central
-The Rosie O'Donnell Show

- Internet



For Bookings, and Current Calendar Updates please contact agent:
Rob Jockel
CANTON, CT. 06019
860-693-9116 office
860-693-6866 fax



One of the most requested comedians working today, Richie Byrne exemplifies a counter-current in today's comedy scene; high energy with absolutely no obscenity. His versatility allows him to perform for audiences of all ages. From comedy clubs to colleges to Atlantic City's best resorts includingThe Tropicana Casino and Hotel, Richie performs over 500 shows a year concocting a brew of family experience, contemporary music, and razor-sharp observation to create explosions of laughter.

Richie's television appearances as a comedian include Comedy Central's "Premium Blend," VH1's "Stand-Up Spotlight" and "The Rosie O'Donnell Show." As an actor, Richie has been hot lately as well booking roles on HBO's smash hits "The Sopranos, " "Sex In The City" and NBC's "Law and Order."