Comedians offer service members relief from deployment stress

Story and photo by Sgt. John Stimac
13th Sustainment Command (expeditionary) Public Affairs

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — Three comedians visited Joint Base Balad, Iraq, Jan. 13 at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation center west to offer service members comedic relief from the deployment's daily grind.

The JBB show was the second stop for the 10-show Lone Wolf Comedy Tour, which started in Kuwait and will continue on to Baghdad, said comedian D'Sean Ross.

Ross, a Los Angeles native, said this marked his first trip to Iraq and the Middle East.

"Besides the wind and the sand, I have really enjoyed it over here," said Ross. "The (service members) have taken really good care of us and I am really glad that I decided to come here."

Sgt. Chanel Reagan, a human resource noncommissioned officer with Task Force 38 out of Shelbyville, Ind., and an Indianapolis native, said she enjoyed the show.

"They all brought something different to the plate," said Reagan.

She said she liked Ross because he treated his comedy like a normal conversation and related well to the audience.

"I definitely feel that these are a big morale booster for all the Soldiers," said Reagan. "I wish we could have these at least once a month."

Yoursie Thomas and Jeremy Greenberg accompanied Ross on the tour.

Both said performing for the troops was a great experience.

Ross said everyone should stay strong and continue their hard work.

"This trip has really opened up my eyes," said Ross. It's really cool to kind of get firsthand knowledge of what (service members) go through every day."


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D'Sean Ross, a comedian with the Lone Wolf Comedy Tour and a Los Angeles native, performs at Morale, Welfare and Recreation center west Jan. 13 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. This was his first tour to the Middle East.