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Armed Forces Entertainment Presents High Caliber Comedy Show Featuring Don Barnhart & George Wallace
In an effort to bring even more laughter to the men and women serving in the Armed Forces around the world, Armed Forces Entertainment starts 2014 with The Celebrity Comedy Series produced by Don Barnhart Entertainment. http://www.donbarnhartentertainment.com
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 2014 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.
Wallace is the new unofficial ambassador for Armed Forces Entertainment. “I can’t wait to get over there and meet the men and women serving our country”, said Wallace in a recent phone interview. "I'm truly honored at being invited to be a part of this great organization". Wallace just made his second appearance on the Arsenio Hall show.
Most notably, Wallace has been a regular 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.
Clip of Don Barnhart
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 wholesome 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.
The shows are always free for the men and women serving in the Armed Forces and are underwritten by Armed Forces Entertainment. “Barnhart has always produced high quality, wholesome clean shows for the military and it's because of this that we reached out to him to help heighten our brand”, said an Armed Forces Entertainment spokesperson.
Don Barnhart’s Celebrity Comedy Series starring George Wallace have been sold out months in advanced with venues of 500 having to turn people and already requesting a return booking to accommodate those that couldn’t get in.
“One of the things I emphasize when I consult and 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.”
For more information or to set up interviews, please contact Don Barnhart Entertainment at www.DonBarnhart.com