It's Miller time at Miramar
By Lance Cpl. Jess Levens
| | November 21, 2003
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. --
Dennis Miller stepped onto the stage at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., theater Nov. 14 in Bob Hope fashion as he presented a stand-up comedy show for San Diego service members. The show was part of the Spirit of America Tour, founded by Robert M. Rosenthal, a former service member.
Marines, sailors and civilian guests from the San Diego area gathered at the theater for a night of laughs and fun, which Miller delivered.
"I thought the show was very good," said Britney O'Connor, Depot Single Marine Program coordinator. "I wasn't familiar with Dennis Miller, but I thought he was really funny. It was good to go out for a night of laughs."
In the rhetorical style only he can deliver, Miller immediately began making light of subjects ranging from the war in Iraq to the Clinton administration.
Big words and intellectual dialect, left the crowd rolling in the aisles.
Admission was free and Marine Corps Community Services arranged the event. SMP distributed 100 tickets for Depot personnel. Miller, who has a strong affinity for the military, volunteered to do the show for free and said he was honored to perform for the people who defend the country.
He went on to talk about how America is the greatest country in the world and used funny examples to support his theories.
After Miller's set ended, he was given an official Marine Corps aviator jacket in appreciation for the show. Rosenthal was also given a jacket for his help in coordinating the show.
Before, during and after the show, Miller and Rosenthal both expressed their respect and gratitude for the military.
"We don't give the military enough credit," said Rosenthal. "Everyone says they appreciate us, but really, we are the ones who appreciate you."
The comedy legend left Miramar in a black limousine shortly after the show to travel to Sacramento. The more than 300 spectators filed out of the theater, their appetites for laughter fulfilled.
"This was a rare opportunity to do something for the greatest military in the world," said Rosenthal.