Don Barhart's All-Star Comedy tour just wrapped up the second leg of their Armed Forces Entertainment tour. It's common for our entertainers to participate in some of the same training exercises as soldiers so they have a better idea of the hard work and sacrifices our armed forces go through during deployments. Check out of this video of Don himself experiencing some K9 training.
Comedians bring humor to soldiers at Gaziantep
Four comedians took a trip to Gaziantep, Turkey to visit U.S. Army soldiers manning Patriot Batteries to provide a nice distraction during the service members' deployment...
High Wire Tour
Armed Forces Entertainment is proud to welcome back the Weisheit family as they head to Italy, Germany and the UK to fascinate soldiers during the Geschwister Weisheit High Wire Tour. We got a chance to learn a little more about the family. Below are a few questions about their upcoming tour:
Geschwister Weisheit features three generations of performers, what's the best part of working with family and carrying on that tradition?
We are a family business working together for more than 100 years now. Working with family means a lot for us because we love to keep the tradition and carry on the work from our parents and grandparents. Our family is the highest value we have and that’s what we want to show to our audience. It is nearly impossible in any other job to work so close with family and to see your children grow up, the solidarity and the joy of working together is the greatest luck we have. Every single member enjoys the life and working together.
What's been your favorite AFE tour destination and why?
In 2012, we traveled to Ansbach and Grafenwöhr, Germany! All of the people we met were so nice and kind and the feeling we had to work for the US Army (AFE) was really great and that's why we are really looking forward to every single destination on our tour. It is a very special honor for us to work for you.
What’s special about performing for the troops?
The special thing for us is the fact that we have the possibility to bring back the joy and the fascination of our show to the soldiers and their families, to get them out of the usual everyday life and bring them some hours of happiness and to forget every other problem occurring in their lives.
You have spectacular aerial artistry in your shows including ropewalks, sway poles, pyramids and even a racecar. Anything you're working on currently for
We are always trying to establish ways to improve our show and to make it more interesting for the people. Our program is versatile and there is nearly nothing we don't show in our performance that’s why we are Europe’s greatest high wire troupe – no other group is as big and varied as we are!
What's a typical day of training?
Actually, we don't have typical training days in the winter, when we stay in our home we have a training hall where everybody trains his own part of the show or learns new performances. We also visit fitness clubs to stay fit and in form for the upcoming tours. For our tour in the summer, we practice on the original equipment depending on the time we have between our shows and the weather.
Billy Blanks and Gladiators Cuddle up with Furry Friend!
While on tour with Armed Forces Entertainment from the end of March through mid April, Billy Blanks and the American Gladiators found a furry friend they just couldn't get enough of. Meet Balad, one of the base motivators that we're making our unofficial Armed Forces Entertainment Mascot! From the looks of it, these athletes showed their softer side while cuddling with the little dog. Check out the pictures!
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Armed Forces Entertainment is proud to have three talented actors heading to Southwest Asia to meet soldiers during the Ambassadors of Hollywood Tour. James Lesure, currently starring on the hit TBS show Men At Work, sat down with Armed Forces Entertainment prior to the tour for a quick interview. Check it out below!
We see you attended the Air Force Academy, what’s your dream aircraft to fly?
I'm grateful for my experience at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School. I never dreamed of flying a plane. I recently watched the movie "Flight" and got queasy from the scenes shot in the cockpit.
What is your favorite military related film, TV, or cartoon character?
I have three military movies I like a lot... GLORY... SAVING PRIVATE RYAN... and STRIPES.
3) The new season of Men At Work is about to premiere and you should be spending your time promoting the show but instead, you decided to go on tour with Armed Forces Entertainment. Why was it important for you to take time to go on this tour?
I'm grateful for this opportunity to tell the men and women of the armed forces thank you. I'm glad I get to do it personally. I'm appreciative of the sacrifices and choices they're making to protect me and my loved ones.
4) Anything special you’d like to say to soldiers serving overseas?
I pray that they all will be protected by peace and lead by a universal supremely loving and divine positive strength and energy.
5) What’s one thing you NEVER leave home without that you’ll be taking on your Armed Forces Entertainment tour?
Clean underwear... accidents can happen. In the world and in ones britches... ain't nobody got time for that!
Sean Kent's Photo Album from Operation Laughter!
Comedians Sean Kent, Kristin Key, Matt Davis, and Paul Hooper are currently on tour with Armed Forces Entertainment providing two-and-a-half hours of laughs to soldiers. Enjoy the photo album and commentary by Sean as he continues to check in during the tour!
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Mustang Sally Counting Down Days Until Their Armed Forces Entertainment Tour!
Country music group Mustang Sally will head out on their Armed Forces Entertainment Tour visiting troops in Hawaii and Guam March 11th through the 19th. Check out this special message from them!
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Olympic Athlete Susan Francia Shares Photos from Armed Forces Entertainment Tour!
Susan Francia is one of four athletes who recently completed the Olympic Heroes Armed Forces Entertainment tour that took them to Southwest Asia. Having several friends who are Navy SEALS, Francia had heard a lot of stories about what it’s like to be deployed and she was looking forward to thanking soldiers in person for their service.
Operation Laughter's Kristin Key Gives us a Taste of What's to Come on Tour!
The Armed Forces Entertainment's Operation Laughter tour is jam packed with four acclaimed comedians who are ready to make soldiers and their families laugh out of their seats. Kristin Key is one of those comedians visiting troops from February 15th until March 4th with stops in Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait and Djbouti. Check out this video above to see why you'll want to make it out to the shows!
Sinbad Brings Laughs to Alaska
Longtime supporter of the troops, Sinbad is currently on tour with Armed Forces Entertainment bringing laughs to Alaska now until January 21st. Check out this video as a tease to the good time you could have if you make it out to his shows!
Adam’s Attic Enjoying the “Ride” of Touring
With Armed Forces Entertainment
Adam’s Attic is currently on their 13-day Armed Forces Entertainment tour raising morale in Turkey, and Egypt. full story
The Lowry Sisters Document Armed Forces Entertainment Tour!
The Lowry Sisters recently completed a European tour with Armed Forces Entertainment and documented their time entertaining troops. Watch this video for behind the scenes footage!
Holiday Cheer from Lights Out Comedy!
Our Lights Out Comedy Tour is about to bring some very merry cheer to soldiers in Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt. But until then, please enjoy their personal holiday greetings from each comedienne ready to tour with Armed Forces Entertainment.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze Tour stop spreads holday cheer to nearly 3,400 soldiers and their families!
Armed Forces Entertainment is proud to have Cirque Dreams Holidaze on a twelve-day tour spreading holiday cheer to soldiers and their families. full story
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Landau Eugene Murphy, Junior adds four backup dancers to his show during Armed Forces Entertainment Tour!
Jazz singer and Season 6 Winner of America’s Got Talent Landau Eugene Murphy, Junior entertained nearly 500 fans over two shows during a recent trip to Europe with Armed Forces Entertainment. During his performance at Stuggart, Landau invited four fans onstage to perform as background singers on several songs which brought huge smiles to their faces. Each 90-minute set had fans enjoying some of their favorite jazz songs made famous by Frank Sinatra as well as a variety of other popular songs.
Here’s a great story from AFN covering Landau’s Armed Forces Entertainment tour. click here
NHRA stars visiting U.S. troops overseas on holiday tour
The 3rd annual Summit Racing Equipment-sponsored holiday troop visit kicked off with an autograph session at the Panzer Kaserne PX...
Capitol Movement Freedom Tour 2012
The Capitol Movement dancers recently went on tour with Armed Forces Entertainment and performed for our men and women serving in the armed forces.
Five stars of the WWE just returned from an Armed Forces Tour to Southwest Asia. The Miz, Layla, Eve, R-Truth and Chairman Vince McMahon have all toured with Armed Forces Entertainment before and from the looks of these photos, this trip was full of great moments with soldiers. Enjoy the photo album!
to Soldiers By Sgt. 1st Class Abram J Pinnington (101st Airborne)
On a sunny afternoon Soldiers gathered for a brief escape from their surroundings. As they crowded together, acoustic guitars rang throughout the facility. Equipped with a smile, their eyes sparkled: Music, laughter and ease were in the air. full story
Chairman Vince McMahon, Layla, Eve, The Miz, and R-Truth of the WWE are wrapping up their Armed Forces Entertainment tour in Southwest Asia. Before they left, we were able to ask Eve, Layla and R-Truth questions about their upcoming trip and other odds and ins going on in their life. Please click on a photo below to get to know these WWE stars better.
Armed Forces Entertainment checked in with Catchpenny while the band prepared for their show at CSL Comalapa, El Salvador. This is the second time the group has toured with Armed Forces Entertainment, and so far this trip is full of new experiences. Catchpenny played last night (8/22) at CSL Comalapa, El Salvador and then head to AUTEC, Andros Island, Bahamas August 26th. They finish up with a show at Thule AB, Greenland August 30th.
How did the first show at Soto Cano AB, Honduras go?
The first show was awesome. We had troops on stage singing with us and they were stage diving. We’ve run into so many people who have seen us during previous Armed Forces Entertainment shows, which has been really cool.
How long do you guys plan to play each night?
Well, we played for about four hours at our first show. We roll with whatever happens, so if it looks like the troops want more, we give them more. They love to request songs and we’ll play whatever they want, as long as we know it. We’ve been able to get to the locations a day early to set up which has allowed us time to hang out with soldiers before our show. If they mention a song they want to hear, we’ll huddle before the show and make sure all of us are familiar with it. We’re not here to push our music, we’re here to play what they want to hear.
When you’re not preparing for a show or performing, what have you been up to?
We’ve been taking advantage of any activities they’ll let us be a part of. We worked out with the soldiers in Honduras. I think the soldiers get really excited to show us what they do and we’ve enjoyed having them take us around and show us what a day in their life is like.
Since you've toured with Armed Forces Entertainment before, you probably packed better for this trip since you knew what to expect. What item was a must on your packing list?
Um, I would say my camera. We're trying to capture all of these moments and share them with fans so we've had our cameras with us a lot and trying to post pictures when we have internet abilities.
What’s been the highlight of the trip so far?
After our first show in Honduras, we got to hang out with the soldiers – kind of like an after party. Two soldiers brought their acoustic guitars and before you knew it, about 40 to 50 people were sitting around and we all had a sing along of whatever songs they wanted. The two guitars were passed around to other soldiers and it was their time to perform and let us back them up.
Catchpenny member Mark Kelly jams with a soldier during an after show in Honduras.
Icons World Tour Star John Wayne Schulz
Armed Forces Entertainment Icons World Tour star John Wayne Schulz is one of eight talented musical artists currently entertaining troops at 27 military installations. Armed Forces Entertainment sat down with John to see how the trip is going so far, and from the answer to these five questions, it sounds like the group is having a great time!
Coming out of rehearsals in Dallas, what was the excitement level for the group leading up to your first performance?
The excitement level has been high ever since we began rehearsals for this tour. I don't think our excitement can be any higher than it is right now to leading up to our first performance.
You're obviously performing in conditions very different than a concert hall in the states, how hard is it to be flexible with the rehearsed show based on the stage size or facility?
We have new challenges every show with sound, staging, and sometimes weather elements, but flexibility is always expected at every performance and we always somehow produce a fun and exciting show for all ages.
Any funny stories from the trip over you can share? Who gets the awards for most efficient packer, worst packer, fear of flying, and can sleep through anything?
I never thought I could ever throw a football in an airplane. We had so much room we could have held a college bowl game inside! We had to pack over five tons of equipment in the plane and the crew did an outstanding job packing it all. Everyone was excited to fly! I think our tour manager Jimmy Swan gets the award for sleeping through turbulence and loud noise.
How are you documenting this once in a lifetime trip?
We are blessed to have a photographer with us. I brought a journal with me to write down the things that happen as we tour from show to show. Every time we have a performance we get a chance to talk to the service men and women and their families afterwards. They never cease to inspire me in some way to be a better person and help me truly realize the sacrifices they make on our behalf. Those are the things that I want to remember the most.
What songs seem to be the biggest hit among the troops, maybe they sing along to it the most.
We always end our performance with "Don't Stop Believing" by the group Journey. They always seem to get on their feet and sing along word for word.