Laughing uproariously in public is sometimes inappropriate, which is why people feel most comfortable laughing in comedy clubs or into a jar in the bathroom. Let it all out with this GrouponLive deal to see The GIs of Comedy at the Garde Arts Center in New London on Sunday, November 18, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Choose between the following reserved seating options:
- For $34, you get two tickets for rear-orchestra seating in rows G–P (up to a $68 value, including all fees).
- For $44, you get two tickets for premium-orchestra seating in rows CC–F (up to an $88 value, including all fees).
Still serving their country “one joke at a time,” The GIs of Comedy launch a full-scale assault on funny bones on their 2012 tour of duty. Composed of four veterans from every major branch of the armed forces, the wiseacre platoon offers up therapeutic laughs for active and retired members of the military, as well as civilians. Having served overseas and in the comedy-club trenches, the fearless funnymen one-up standard standups with their harrowing resumés. As tour supporter Thomas Lennon (“Jim Dangle” from Reno 911!) puts it, “These are people who have seen a little more high stakes part of the world. It’s a life experience that results in something a little more than just jokes about airplane food.”
Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant and Purple Heart recipient Thom Tran––who survived a bullet to the head––leads the charge with relentless punch lines and a 1,000-yard deadpan that has led to a postwar career as an actor, writer, and Hollywood military consultant. U.S. Air Force Major Jose Sarduy goes AWOL from his active Reserve duties for a sortie of side-splitters about his eclectic family, deportation, and bullet dodging. Actor and former USMC Sergeant Will C, seen in movies such as Yes Man and Seven Pounds, catches audiences off-guard with self-deprecating bits about his stockiness that show off his improv reflexes. U.S. Army Private First Class Tom Irwin rounds out the evening with uproarious bits featured on NPR’s This American Life and in his hit one-man show 25 Days in Iraq.
Garde Arts Center
A crimson curtain rises to unveil the operas, nationally touring musicals, children's shows, and films that pass under the historic movie palace's gilded ceiling. Originally built in 1926 as a home for vaudeville performances and motion pictures, the grand venue has survived more than eight decades with the help of The Garde Arts Center, Inc., a nonprofit organization that formed in 1985 to both preserve the building and pursue its mission "to engage, enrich, entertain, and inspire the region of Greater New London." Today, the center stages a slew of performances and events that keep guests on the edges of all 1,472 seats.