Stars For Stripes Laughs in the New Year with Troops in Iraq

From: AristoMedia
Published: Wed Jan 09 2008

Stars for Stripes, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing celebrity entertainment to troops deployed to remote overseas bases, along with MNC-I (Multi National Corps - Iraq) co-sponsored the "Laugh in the New Year – Improv in Iraq" comedy tour.

Troops were treated to an improv show featuring actors Karri Turner (best known for her role as Lt. Harriet Sims on J.A.G.), Michael McDonald (known for his work on MAD TV and in the Austin Powers films), Michael Hitchcock (best known as Hamilton Swan from Best in Show and for his work on MAD TV) and Alex Capp Horner (from The New Adventures of Old Christine). Dave Price, weather anchor and feature reporter for The Early Show on CBS, opened the shows with stand-up comedy.

"I can't think of a better way to ring in the New Year than with people who fight everyday for our freedom. Our military continues to impress and amaze me with their courage and dedication. It is a privilege to entertain them, especially during the holidays," said Karri Turner who has participated in nine overseas tours to entertain troops.

"Meeting our soldiers face-to-face in the very areas where they put their lives on the line every day proved to me over and over how much they are sacrificing for all of us here at home. What an honor it was to meet them, and to see what true courage really is," added Michael Hitchcock for whom this was his first visit to troops overseas.

Between December 29 and January 1, the group brought much needed joy and levity to those spending the holidays far from home. Stops included Forward Operating Bases Normandy and Warhorse, Camps Scania, Cropper and Scorpion West Liberty and Balad Air Base in Iraq as well as Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait.

Stars For Stripes is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information regarding Stars For Stripes, please contact Judy Seale at 615-872-2122 or You may also visit
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