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Commedians in Iraq

have always appreciated those entertainers who take their own time and put themselves at physical risk to be there for our deployed troops. I particularly salute comedians Scott Kennedy, Jackie Kashian and Nate Bargatze are in Iraq to perform for Soldiers. All of the comics have appeared on the Comedy Central cable network and said they were happy to be in Iraq with the Soldiers. Kennedy, who is on his 31st comedy tour in Iraq, spends 11 days of every month doing comedy shows and talking with the Soldiers. Kennedy said part of his agreement to visit Iraq each month is that he performs at the smaller bases, which do not normally receive many shows. The National Guardsmen at one site said they were very appreciative of the visit, commenting that they don’t get much entertainment there.Kennedy said he has a personal reason for doing so many shows in Iraq. “My nephews were over here in the initial invasion, and they got no entertainment at all,” he said. “I stand in awe,” said Kennedy at the end of his performance. “There’s no way I have words enough to say thank you. I’ll just keep coming over here and saying it in person.” He is an example for all Americans.

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