I said yes to doing this show before I looked at the rest of the lineup, and it’s a MONSTER! I’ll be in Pomona, CA at The Glass House for the Salute The Troops Festival featuring… wait for it… Adam Corolla, Rob Riggle, Greg Fitzsimmons, Snoop Dogg, Red Man, Method Man, Ghost Face Killah, Cheat Codes, Three Beards, New Power Generation, and so many more! Get tickets at https://www.salutethetroops.com!
The GIs of Comedy are going BACK on tour for our 2019 US Air Force base tour! We went out in 2017 and performed at 15 different USAF bases across the country! Well, the 2019 is going to be bigger! MUCH BIGGER! A full tour announcement is on the way, so follow The GIs of Comedy on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for details! @gisofcomedy. I’m I’ll be posting tour dates here as well!
The news dropped this morning! The GIs of Comedy and I were asked to be featured on the Netflix Docu-Series, “Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy” which premieres on Feb 15th on Netflix!
Larry Charles is one of the creative geniuses and writer, director, producer of shows like Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage and films like Borat, The Dictator & Religulous!
Watch the trailer here!
This week I co-starred on an episode of SEAL Team on CBS, titled “Say Again Your Last”! My third network co-star this year! Watch it on CBS All-Access!
This weekend I had the honor of attending the Grand Opening of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, OH. In addition, I’m humbled to be a part of this, and it’s totally weird to have my stupid face all over this place. It’s a tribute to the 41-MILLION veterans who have served during our Country’s History and I’m amazed to be a part of it. And of the two dozen veterans filmed for the exhibits I was the only Asian-American veteran in the bunch, a responsibility I don’t take lightly. Which is why my career post-Army, as goofy as it is, still tries to uphold the Army values. If we Veterans are going to claim the honor of that title we need to act like it. Live Loyally, Dutifully, Respectfully, Selflessly, Honorably & with Integrity & Personal Courage. If I do anything with my life now, it’s to show fellow veterans that you can be a good solider without wearing the uniform. Be the good Americans we want the world to believe we are. Airborne. All the Way.
Thom Tran – Staff Sergeant, US Army (R)
I’m this week’s guest on a fantastic podcast called The Hilarious World of Depression where I talk to host John Moe about how depression has affected my life as both a soldier and as a stand up comic. I think it’s a really important show for those of us who have had to live through depression, both chronic and caused by trauma. You can listen by clicking on the link above or at all the usual podcast places. Thank you!
Los Angeles based comedian, musician, and U.S. military veteran and advocate Thom Tran started his career as a standup comic after a combat injury ended his career as a soldier.
Thom enlisted in the United States Army at 18 years old before he even finished high school. After joining the Army, Thom spent his entire career as a Communications Sergeant as well as a Civil Affairs Sergeant within the United States Army’s Special Operations Community. In 2003, four days after crossing the border into Iraq, Thom was wounded during a firefight when a sniper’s bullet found it’s way to the back of his skull. He bandaged himself up, continued the mission, and finished his 12 month tour in Iraq. But his wounds would eventually bring an end to his military life. After redeploying to the United States, Thom was medically retired in 2005.
Post-combat, comedy saved his life. After touring the United States as a road comic, Thom moved to Los Angeles in 2008 and two years later created The GIs of Comedy Tour, a Comedic Troupe of Troops that has toured all over the United States and to nearly two dozen different countries performing to audiences both military and civilian, bringing the healing power of laughter to those who need it the most. In 2019, Thom & several members of the GIs of Comedy appeared on the Netflix series, “Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy.” and will tour nearly 30 US Air Force bases across the continental US. The group has raised over $20,000 for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a charity that raises college scholarship funds for the children of fallen US Special Operations personnel.
When Thom isn’t on the road he makes his home in Hollywood, CA performing at The World Famous Laugh Factory & clubs all over SoCal, and occasionally does some acting, co-starring on Black-is on ABC and SEAL Team & NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.
Recently, Thom’s love of rock and roll finds him back on stage playing lead guitar for a heavy metal band and cover band he co-founded called The Divebar Rockstars playing bars and nightclubs in Southern California!
|23 Mar 2019||Thom Tran||Riverside, CA ( USA ) March Air Field Museum||March Air Field Museum||Buy ticket|
|13 Apr 2019||The Dive Bar Rockstars||Oxnard, CA ( USA ) Copper Blues Rock Pub||Copper Blues Rock Pub||free|
|26 Apr 2019||The GIs of Comedy||Grand Forks AFB, ND ( USA )|
|27 Apr 2019||The GIs of Comedy||Minot AFB, ND ( USA )|
|01 May 2019||The GIs of Comedy||Fairchild AFB, WA ( USA )|
|03 May 2019||The GIs of Comedy||Great Falls, MT ( USA )|
|05 May 2019||The GIs of Comedy||Mt. Home AFB, ID|
|16 May 2019||The GIs of Comedy||Shreiver AFB, CO ( USA )|
|17 May 2019||The GIs of Comedy||Buckley AFB, CO ( USA )|
|18 May 2019||The GIs of Comedy||Ellsworth AFB, SD ( USA )|
|16 Mar 2019||The Dive Bar Rockstars||Oxnard, CA ( USA ) Copper Blues Rock Pub||Copper Blues Rock Pub|
|08 Mar 2019||Thom Tran||Long Beach, CA ( USA ) Laugh Factory - Long Beach||Laugh Factory - Long Beach|
|06 Mar 2019||Thom Tran||Burbank, CA ( USA ) Flappers Comedy Club||Flappers Comedy Club|
|23 Feb 2019||The Dive Bar Rockstars||Oxnard, CA ( USA ) Copper Blues Rock Pub||Copper Blues Rock Pub|
|22 Feb 2019||Thom Tran||Long Beach, CA ( USA ) Laugh Factory - Long Beach||Laugh Factory - Long Beach|
|15 Feb 2019||Thom Tran||Pasadena, CA ( USA ) The Ice House||The Ice House|
|15 Feb 2019||Thom Tran||Long Beach, CA ( USA ) Laugh Factory - Long Beach||Laugh Factory - Long Beach|
|03 Feb 2019||Thom Tran||Long Beach, CA ( USA ) Laugh Factory - Long Beach||Laugh Factory - Long Beach|
|02 Feb 2019||Thom Tran||Long Beach, CA ( USA ) Laugh Factory - Long Beach||Laugh Factory - Long Beach|
|19 Jan 2019||Thom Tran||Long Beach, CA ( USA ) Laugh Factory - Long Beach||Laugh Factory - Long Beach|
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