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The GIs of Comedy returning to Fort Knox

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By TRACY WHITAKER
FMWR
The GIs of Comedy is a comedic troupe of troops that have taken their love of country and brought it to the comedy stage. Quite simply, as their motto says, “They’re standup comics. All Veterans. Still Serving Their Country. One Joke at a time.” The Fort Knox Comedy Series announces the return of The GIs of Comedy March 22 and March 23.
Thom Tran founded the GIs of Comedy hoping to bring the therapy of laugher to troops still serving. He spent eight years in the  Army when, in 2003, he was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded in combat. In 2005, he retired from the Army because of those wounds and that is when comedy became his therapy. His goal was to bring that therapy to the Soldiers who are still deploying and to their Families, including the Soldiers and Family members at Fort Knox.
“Fort Knox was the first post we performed at on our 2012 ‘LOL Tour,’ and the response was unbelievable and set an incredible tone for the rest of the tour. The room was packed, and we fed off the amazing energy from everyone that night for the rest of that five-month tour. It was great to see everyone from the newest E-1 to the post commander having a good time and laughing.”
Jose Sarduy divides his time between flying to gigs all over the country, and flying planes for the Air Force. Still an active member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, he is an accomplished aviator and veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Sarduy gathers material from a wealth of life experiences and takes audiences on the rollercoaster ride that’s been his life.
Tom Irwin spent his time in uniform with the Army and now builds his career as a standup comedian in Los Angeles and touring all over the world. He was invited to perform at the White House as well as some of Hollywood’s most famous comedy clubs. Tom turned one of his nearly month-long tours in Iraq into a riveting one-man show called “25 Days in Iraq,” which he took through the country performing to civilian and military audience. Tom’s new title is father to a new baby boy, so his experience in parenthood should be just as hilarious as some of life experiences.
“We are bringing this show back to Fort Knox because they were amazing,” said Petra Morgan, Recreation Program-mer. “They won the audience over with a high energy, crowd pleasing, top notch performance. The material was versatile, super hilarious and held the audience captive the entire show. The audience’s response was fantastic, big laughs throughout the evening and many tears of joy,” she said.
The GI’s of Comedy will perform March 22 at the Saber & Quill at 7 p.m. and March 23 at the Landing Zone at 9 p.m. A special limited menu will be available both nights.
This event is free and open to the public, 18 years or older.
For more information log on to www.knoxmwr.com.