"Rip" Michaels Visits Harry S. Truman

Story Number: NNS080415-10Release Date: 4/15/2008 1:28:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Matthew Bookwalter, USS Harry S. Truman Pubic Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) welcomed aboard comedian "Rip" Michaels April 12, for a tour and to perform his act for the 'Comics on Duty Tour.'

Michaels spent almost an hour telling jokes and entertaining the crowd.

"I thought it was pretty funny," said Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Fuel] 3rd Class (AW) Marchello Roberts. "He put on a good show. It was a lot of fun and a good break from the daily routine and hard work."

Michaels said the show was a blast and it was his goal to make the Sailors laugh and have a good time.

"I just wanted to put on a good show because these guys work so hard. I actually lost my voice trying to scream out to everybody. We made it through and it was a great show. I had a lot of fun. There was a lot of energy," he said.

This was not Michaels first visit with service members.

"I have been to Ramstein Air Force base in Germany to perform a few shows for those guys before," Michaels said. "I was also in Norfolk, Virginia for the big Halloween Bash they had last year on base. I got into this because of a woman named Karen Fritz with Navy Entertainment. She sent me a tape called 'Comics On Duty' and included a list of some of the people that have done it before like Robin Williams, Dennis Leary and Dennis Miller. She said that they go out to Afghanistan and on carriers."

Michaels said it was an honor to go on tour for the military members who are deployed overseas.

"I was actually supposed to tape Last Comic Standing at the same time as this tour," said Michaels. "But I thought, Last Comic Standing happens every year and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Normally, to see what I saw today, I would have had to sign up for four years, but this is cool."

Michaels thanked the Sailors before he left.

"I really appreciate what you guys do, all of the hard work you put in," said Michaels. "You are all out here working 18 and 19 hours a day. I really appreciate it and thank you. If you are ever at any of my shows make sure you tell the ticket counter you are military and I will make sure you are taken care of."

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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