GTMO Troops Get Comic Relief Courtesy Of 'Comedy Central'

Story Number: NNS020910-11Release Date: 9/10/2002 1:01:00 PM
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By Journalist Seaman Alexis R. Brown, Naval Media Center Broadcasting Affliate Guantanamo Bay

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- Hard work, long days, extreme temperatures and "Operation Enduring Freedom" are just some of the day-to-day things on the minds of servicemembers assigned to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

So when a major cable television channel offered some comic relief Aug. 29, the Sailors, Marines, Soldiers, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen here didn't hesitate to forego their daily routines when they had the opportunity to attend a performance.

Courtesy of the United Service Organization, or USO, and Armed Forces Entertainment, a crew from Comedy Central was on location at the Navy's oldest overseas base. Servicemembers had the opportunity to catch a few laughs from "Saturday Night Live's" Colin Quinn, along with comedians Lenny Clarke, Modi, Tony Rock and seven other up-and-coming comedians.

The entertainers performed two live shows that are scheduled to broadcast on "Comedy Central" in October.

Aside from performing on stage for the Guantanamo (GTMO) community, the comics bounced around the base visiting with troops and signing autographs. The base sites and wildlife gave the comedians material to use as part of their stand-ups.

According to Seaman Crystal Huff, the comics were needed in GTMO. "They brought humor to what we see everyday," she said.

GTMO plays an active role in our nation's mission of fighting terrorism, but there's more to GTMO.

"I don't feel the media really presents life here," said Comedian Jim Gaffigan. "We hear about the Taliban, but it's not just the detainees. It's the people taking care of the detainees too. It takes a certain moral fiber to do what the servicemembers are doing in GTMO."

The comics closed the evening by getting to know the servicemembers in GTMO and signing autographs.

"I appreciated the performance and that they came to visit," said Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class James Schols, a Naval Reservist serving at GTMO.

The comedians were equally appreciative.

Tony Rock, younger brother of comedian/actor Chris Rock said, "Since I've been in Guantanamo Bay, I have a different way of looking at the military. I have more respect for the military. The servicemembers go through a lot just being here."

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