We are presenting "Comedy Warriors Healing Through Humor" performed by two disabled veteran comedians; Bobby Henline and Joe Kashnow. All the money raised from this fundraiser will go to help veterans, their families, our community, and children.
About Bobby Henline:
Bobby Henline is an American hero who spreads joy and hope through his love of stand-up comedy. A veteran of Desert Storm by the age of 19, Bobby was inspired to re-enlist in the Army after the September 11th, 2001 attacks. On April 7th, 2007, tragedy struck when Bobby's Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb just north of Bagdad. Of the five men in the vehicle, Bobby was the only survivor. He was burned over 38% of his body and his head was burned to the skull. He spent six months in the hospital fighting for his life, and within two years Bobby's left hand was amputated. During one of his laughter-filled rehabilittion sessions, Bobby's occupational therapist made him pinky swear that he would try stand-up comedy. Shortly thereafter, during an open mic night at a comedy club, the "Well-Done Comedian" was born.
Although not a virgin to standup, Bobby jumped at the chance to improve his comedic chops by signing up to be a part of the Comedy Warriors' film. Bobby believes that God kept him alive for a reason and that his mission is to help create awareness for burn survivors, to inspire people to live life to the fullest and to heal others through his story and laughter.
About Joe Kashnow:
Joe is a married father of two boys and served in Iraq with the 4th Infantry Division from April 2003 until September 2003, when he was wounded by a road-side bomb. Or as he puts it, he zigged when he should have zagged, and got sent home for not getting along with flying debris. His injury led to 18 months of surgery and eventually, to the amputation of his right leg below the knee.
Known for his sense of humor with family and friends, Joe took a big step toward turning his natural comedic instincts into a new career when he auditioned for the documentary "Comedy Warriors- Healing Through Humor". After being chosen for the film, Joe began his professional standup career. He stated that he wanted to show people that it's ok to laugh at someone with a disability, and to show that whatever adversity one may face in life, it can be overcome with a positive attitude and a good joke.
His unique brand of comedy and deadpan delivery focusing on his injury, medical treatment and subsquent amputation, have gotten him laughs across the country. These fulfilling experiences, coupled with his natural talent for comedy mean that he will be performing for many years to come.