After a number of years of gracing comedy stages across North America, Canadian-born comedian Adam Richmond has launched his career in a new direction.
Following in the footsteps of comedy greats like Bob Hope and Robin Williams, for a number of years, Richmond took himself out of the theatre atmosphere and performed his edgy comedic stylings for U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California and overseas in Japan, Korea and Guam.
“The goal of any comedy routine is to connect with the audience. Once you’ve done that, it’s a feeling like nothing else,” said Richmond.
During his time spent with the men and women in uniform, Richmond was inspired to produce his own show, in order to capture the magic that occurs when these Marines are liberated by laughter.
In “Comedy from the Corps”, Adam Richmond captures his unedited, uncensored comedy performance that takes place in front of three brigades of Marines at an active aircraft hangar in front of a Osprey helicopter.
For the special, Richmond is joined by comedians Erik Knowles, Heather Marie Zagone, Todd Rex and Jennifer Murphy, all of whom have been featured on The Tonight Show, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, Conan O’Brien and more.
With cameras rolling, Richmond captures what can happen when some of the highest calibre comedians show these Marines the world through the lens of humour.
“This is one way that I can support our men and women in uniform and say thank-you to the Marines for all their sacrifices they have made,” said Richmond.
Before taking on the production of “Comedy from the Corps”, Richmond performed across the country and in some of the most well known comedy tours, including Canada’s Yuk Yuk’s tour, NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and Last Call with Carson Daly.
For six years, Richmond ran the show at the world famous Hollywood improv known as “Richmond’s House of Comedy” or RHOC
Today, he continues to grace the stage at the Comedy Store, The Icehouse and the Improv Comedy Clubs.
While raising funds for the production of “Comedy from the Corps”, Richmond also raised funds for The Military Veteran Project, a volunteer driven charity committed to the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and suicide prevention for pre and post 911 veterans.
“We want to make laughter showcase the relationship between comedians and the military, while at the same time raising money for a wonderful cause,” said Richmond.
For the Marines, “Comedy from the Corps” provides a chance to let go, reduce stress and boost camp moral.
“Comedy is a really is the best medicine and with these performances, we really want to show these guys the healing power of comedy,” said Richmond. “Helping someone forget about their problems for a little while is the best part about comedy.”
Richmond has just completed the filming of “Comedy from the Corps” and is excited for audiences to see his experience of spreading laughter amongst the troops.