Gen. Ray Odierno gives Stephen Colbert a haircut during Colbert’s performance for U.S. military personnel June 7, 2009, in Baghdad. USO Photo by Steve Manuel
It was a big two days for USO entertainers, who brought home a total of six Primetime Emmy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday and Monday.
Stephen Colbert — whose “The Colbert Report” took home Emmys for Outstanding Variety Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series — went on a high-profile USO tour to Iraq in 2009. Colbert’s mentor Jon Stewart‘s “The Daily Show” also won an Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials. Stewart went downrange for the USO in the summer of 2011. And last year, former interim “The Daily Show” host John Oliver and a trio of show writers and producers visited troops in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Comedians Jimmy Fallon and Louis C.K. also took home awards. Fallon — who emceed the USO-coordinated Fourth of July concert at the White House in 2009 — won Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Louis C.K. garnered Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series honors for “Louie.” He has gone on two USO tours — including a 13-base trip to Afghanistan in 2008 — and even worked the USO into an episode of his hit FX show.
“The Big Bang Theory” won Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series. Actors from the show went on a USO tour to meet troops in the Pacific in 2012.
Katy Perry salutes service members before performing “Firework” at the “VH1 Divas Salute The Troops” show in 2010. Courtesy photo
Meanwhile, Katy Perry took home Best Female Video at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards for “Dark Horse.” Haley Williams – lead singer of Paramore – also took home a VMA, winning the MTV Clubland Award for her EDM collaboration with Zedd on “Stay the Night.” Both women were part of the 2010 “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” show presented by the USO. Paramore did their portion of that show from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, as part of a USO entertainment tour.
Trace Adkins performs for troops in the Persian Gulf during his last USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour. (USO Photo by Dave Gatley)
County music superstar, 2009 USO Gala performer, and recipient of the 2007 USO Merit Award and the Wounded Warrior Project’s 2010 Talkhouse Award…is there anything Trace Adkins can’t do? Adkins recently announced his third USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour to the Middle East. Since 2002, Trace he’s performed for over 7,800 troops in the region.
Adkins has long been a supporter of the troops, as he explained to TheBoot.com in 2008 before his last USO trip: “I’m really humbled by the opportunity to spend more time with our nation’s finest,” the singer says proudly. “This is such an honor for me to be able to visit with our military and tell them how much we truly appreciate all the sacrifices they make for our country and our freedom.”
On CNN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade, Adkins gave a shout-out to the troops from backstage at the grand re-opening of the Opry House in Nashville. You can view that below, along with his appearance last week on the Jimmy Fallon show. Fast forward to the 36 minute mark to see his performance!
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Fallon served as emcee at 2009's Fourth of July USO concert on the White House South Lawn.
In the Worcester, MA area for Mother’s Day weekend? Then don’t miss a fabulous opportunity to see comedian Jimmy Fallon this Saturday evening, May 8th, at the Hanover Theater located at 554 Main Street, Worcester, MA! Show starts at 8:00PM.
Complimentary tickets are available through the generosity of Hanover Theater. Two tickets per military ID, active and reserve. Tickets must be reserved by Friday at 1:00PM. Tickets must be picked up at Will Call at the theater the night of the show. For tickets, please use the USO Ticket Line only at 617-720-4531 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and call anytime after 11:30AM when a volunteer staff member is available to take your reservation. Thank you!