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Laughter is Good for the Soul

The GIs of Comedy

The GIs of Comedy are bringing belly laughs and honor to the members of our military this Friday night! Join in the celebration this weekend at the Veterans Memorial Park in Pensacola, FL.


Performances by The GIs of Comedy, in collaboration with the University of West Florida will present:

Laughter is Good for the Soul: Veterans of Comedy Show


When: Nov. 10, 2023

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Where: Veteran’s Memorial Park, 200 S 10th Ave, Pensacola, FL 32502

*Tickets Required – Purchase Here

    • $15 recommended donation
    • $45 VIP Access

**Free for Active Military with ID but a donation is of course welcomed!**

This will definitely be an epic show on a Friday night in the Park! Leave the little ones at home, and make dinner reservations for after the show. Bring your chairs and blankets! The event opens at 5:30 PM and the show starts a 6:30 PM.

The GIs of Comedy

Now more than ever, we can all use a good laugh. Laughter brings diverse groups of people together. According to a Mayo Clinic study, laughter can relieve stress, soothe tension, improve your immune system, relieve pain, and improve your mood. These are benefits all of us can benefit from! These good spirits, happiness, and wellness will be brought to us by The GIs of Comedy.

All Veterans. All Veteran Comedians.

The GIs of Comedy is a comedic troupe of troops, who have taken their love of their country and brought it to the comedy stage. Quite simply, as the motto says, they’re Standup Comics. All Veterans. Still Serving Their Country. One Joke At A Time. Thom Tran, Jose Sarduy, and Tom Irwin are the Original GIs of Comedy. Since the team was created, nearly a dozen new members have joined the team from all different branches including the US Army, US Air Force, US Navy & US Marine Corps. All professional comedians trying to bring laughter to their brothers and sisters still in uniform.

Their mission and their goal is to help heal their fellow soldiers with their comedy, and to bring laughter to all those who have supported the people that wear the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. The team has performed in nearly two dozen countries, over 30 continental states, and to THOUSANDS of fans.

The Veterans of Comedy

Coining the motto, “No laugh left behind”, the Veterans of Comedy bring laughter to the men and women in uniform, past and present, and help connect the rest of the community by learning and inviting people to understand each other through the one thing we all have in common, a good laugh!

Created in 2014, the group represents all 5 branches of our service. Their mission and goals are to help bridge the gap between service and civilian life using laughter as the foundation of that bridge. The group has performed all over the world and in just about every state in the U.S.

The Veterans of Comedy was founded by veterans Will C. and Erik Knowles. They wanted to not just perform for the troops but to be involved in their communities helping raise awareness for our veterans in need. In 2016 The Veterans of Comedy partnered with the Veteran Community Project of Kansas City and have been raising money to help build their tiny home community. Since 2016 the group has raised thousands of dollars for the project and will continue to bring awareness to this project.

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Makenna Curtis is a Pensacola local with a BIG heart for her hometown. Motherhood, storytelling, helping others, and celebrating the small things in life are just a few of her favorite things. Makenna graduated the University of West Florida with a degree in Communications and Advertising in 2017. Her passion for living life to the fullest and connecting with others makes having a conversation or reading her work easy!