CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan -- More than 700 coalition service members eclipsed their daily routine and enjoyed an evening of cheers and laughter during the Morale, Welfare and Recreation event, Comics on Duty World Tour, here, June 15.
The comedians, Tom Foss and the Ladies of Comedy - Jodi Miller, Christina Pazsitsky and Sarah Tiana – made a day visit to Camp Leatherneck’s Wounded Warriors center before the evening performance, and seized the moment to share jokes, laughs and photo opportunities with service members there.
“It feels warm and it feels great,” said Sarah Tiana. “I feel like this is the greatest thing I can do for my country, being out here. This is my fifth time coming out here. I’m very proud of what they are doing and I want to do my part.”
The comedians were not the only ones to get something out of the event.
“This was the first time I have watched stand-up comedy live, and I enjoyed it and had a great time,” said Sgt. Warren Webber, the accounts non-commissioned officer-in-charge with the Comptroller department at Regional Command Southwest. “The Ladies of Comedy were hilarious, especially Christina Pazsitzky, who I’ve seen on the late night show ‘Chelsea Lately’.”
Touring the region on behalf of the troops was an honor, said Jodi Miller, although she added she has no plans to vacation here in the near future.
A funny moment in the show came when Pazsitsky commented on her discovery and love for the energy drink Rip It, said Capt. Stacy Finn, an Air Officer with Marine Wing Support Squadron 272, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward).
“Argh! I love Rip It! Rip It is for a person who likes the taste of cough syrup but also likes to be whacked out of their skull on crystal [methamphetamine],” said Pazsitzky during her skit on the energy drink.
“This show was a lot of fun and I think everyone enjoyed it. I’m just glad other people can enjoy Rip It who otherwise won’t get to,” said Finn.
The laughs the comedians generated here will be among the last on the current tour; the group is now scheduled to return to the U.S.