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Comedian Sam Fedele laughs with an audience of Marines and sailors during the Leatherneck Comedy and Entertainment Tour at the Base Theater aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, May 9. The tour gave more than 1,000 service members aboard base an opportunity to relax while watching various entertaining acts including comedians, a disk jockey, dancers and more.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Jared Lingafelt

Leatherneck tour comes to Lejeune

9 May 2014 | Lance Cpl. Jared Lingafelt

Marines and sailors got an afternoon of laughs, music and entertainment at the Leatherneck Comedy and Entertainment Tour at the Base Theater aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, May 9.


Hosted by the Single Marine Program, the event was an opportunity for Marines and sailors to relax while watching comedic acts and many other performers.


“The show exceeded my expectations,” said Pfc. Brad Bardo, a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines. “The comedians were really funny, and the other entertainers did a great job as well.”


Comedians, a disk jockey, dancers from the ‘Purrfect Angelz’ and others took the stage, giving more than 1,000 Marines and sailors a variety of performances to enjoy.


The SMP provides recreational activities, special events and community involvement for single or unaccompanied service members.


“Every year when we attend conferences to see what improvements can be made; one of the things single Marines ask for is more entertainment,” said Susan Goodrich, Camp Lejeune SMP branch head. “This show is one of the answers to meeting the needs of the Marines and sailors who want more local activities to participate in.”


The tour travels to entertain service members around the world. Entertainers expressed their appreciation to the Marines and sailors while keeping the crowd enthused.


“I love doing these shows for our armed forces,” said Sam Fedele, a comedian at the event. “I really appreciate what they do every day to keep us safe and this is a way for me to give back to them.”


With unique opportunities arriving through the SMP, Marines are encouraged to attend each opportunity they can, according to Goodrich.


The show was the second of the year aboard base, with another scheduled for Aug. 22 at the Goettge Memorial Field House.


For more information on the Leatherneck Comedy and Entertainment Tour or programs and events with the Single Marine Program, call 451-4642.


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