Armed Forces Entertainment Launches New 'Clean' Celebrity Comedy Series
In an effort to bring even more laughter to the men and women serving in the Armed Forces around the world, Armed Forces Entertainment has launched a new Celebrity Comedy Series produced by Don Barnhart Entertainment.
The goal of the celebrity series it to boost the morale and welfare of those service personnel stationed away from home by bringing in recognizable acts to both entertain and spend time meeting with the troops. Launching the world tour is comedy legend George Wallace who will be taking time off from his long running show in Las Vegas to bring some laughter to the troops.
The new ambassador for Armed Forces Entertainment said, "I'm so honored and can't wait to get over there and meet the men and women serving our country."
Wallace has been seen on The Tonight Show, The View and appeared in such movies The Wash with Snoop Dog and Dr. Dre, The Lady Killers with Tom Hanks, and Little Nicki with Adam Sandler. Comedy Central named him one of the 100 Greatest Comics of All Time and he just received BET's Lifetime Achievement Award.
Since opening his show in Las Vegas 10 years ago, George has become the new Mr. Las Vegas and is now being referred to as the new Bob Hope as he has several more comedy tours scheduled with stops in Europe, Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Korea and more.
The show also stars award-winning comedian Don Barnhart. Don also serves as the tour's producer and manager. Barnhart himself has been performing, producing and consulting comedy shows for the military since 1992 and when he's not on tour for the troops, Don can be seen headlining the top Comedy Clubs on the Las Vegas strip as well as being a favorite act at the clubs across the country, cruise ships, colleges and corporate events.
Don is also one of the top comedy consultants in the country working with up and coming as well as established comedians, comedy clubs and corporations. He stars in the new documentary on comedy called, Finding The Funny featuring Brad Garrett and Louie Anderson and he is a frequent guest on the Bob & Tom Show.
Barnhart's reputation for producing great comedy shows first started when he was the house emcee, manager and talent coordinator at the world famous Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA where he worked with and learned from such notable acts as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Robin Williams, Jim Carey, Dennis Miller and more.
Armed Forces Entertainment prefers to book TV clean entertainment that appeals to every demographic and generation which is why they contacted Don Barnhart Entertainment to bring in such high caliber comedians that appeal to their target audience like George Wallace. The response has already exceeded everyone's expectations. Within two days of announcing Wallace's first stop to Japan, the shows were sold out three months in advance.
"One of the things I emphasize when I teach comedy is that if you work clean, you can work everywhere but if you work dirty, the venues are limited. Dirty jokes are like jalapenos", said Barnhart. "Most people don't mind one or two but nobody wants a jalapeno milkshake. There is a time and place for risqué material but this is not it as Armed Forces Entertainment requires the acts to be TV clean or family friendly."
Wallace and Barnhart just finished the first two performances to standing ovations and audience members waited in line for almost two hours after the show to take photos with and get autographs from the comedians.
"We'll stay and sign autographs as long as the audience wants", said Wallace. "These men and women put their life on the line for us so it's the least we can do to give some of our time back to them."
Barnhart added, "Comedy is the great equalizer and it brings people together releasing both stress and tension. Serving in the military during times of conflict can be one of the most difficult experiences a person can face so to bring them some laughter and a touch of home can make a huge impact on their morale. We want to entertain them and take their mind off their current situation and let them escape for awhile."