‘Family Ties’ Star ‘Skippy’ and Comedy Warriors Come to Grand Junction
Skippy and the Comedy Warriors are coming to Grand Junction.
The name Marc Price may not ring a bell unless you are a true classic TV nut like I am. But, it's likely you are at least somewhat familiar with his famous character, Skippy, on the 1980s sitcom Family Ties, starring Michael J. Fox. Since then, Price has been involved in stand up comedy, as well as being a television writer and producer.
Joe Kashnow and Bobby Henline were two of the veterans featured in the movie Comedy Warriors Healing Through Humor. Because of their remarkable sense of humor, they were selected to become stand-up comedians and received training from some of the best in the business including Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) Bob Saget (Full House) and Lewis Black.
Bobby Henline was horribly injured in 2007 in Iraq when his Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb, killing the other four occupants. He was burned over 38% of his body, his head burned to the skill, and, ultimately, his left hand was amputated.
Joe Kashnow was wounded in Iraq by a roadside bomb, which led to the amputation of his right leg below the knee. He says he 'zigged when he should have zagged."
The ability of these guys to laugh at themselves, their disabilities and their tragedy may be shocking to some. But, at the same time, it is so impressive that these men can put a positive shine on some horrific events in their lives - for their own well-being, and at the same time bring some laughter to other veterans and to people who may be hurting and need something to make them smile.
The bottom line is this. Marc 'Skippy' Price, because of his experience in stand-up comedy and entertainment, is helping these wounded veterans get established as legitimate stand-up comedians who can perform all around the world for the rest of their lives.
I had a chance to visit with Marc Price this week and he told me he really hopes people will come out Friday night because it's a really funny show. The Boston Globe calls the show "Wickedly funny!"
Skippy and the Comedy Warriors is Friday night at Mesa Theater in downtown Grand Junction. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Veterans are admitted free of charge.