Naval Station Norfolk Uses Comedy to Reach Sailors

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ian Carver – Navy Public Affairs Support Element – East

NORFOLK, Va. – Comedian Burnie McGrenahan made his fourth visit to the naval station as part of his “Comedy is the Cure” campaign on Wednesday, April 1., to inform Sailors about the dangers of alcohol abuse and dependency during Alcohol Awareness Month.

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McGrenahan’s comedy is a way to inspire servicemembers to stay focused and resilient with alcohol abstinence through his empowering personal life testimony. McGrenahan started “Comedy is the Cure” 20 years ago on college campuses to help bring awareness of how alcohol can turn a party into a problem. Since the start of the program, McGrenahan has visited and performed at 400 colleges and universities along with shows at 300 military installations around the world.

“This is a very powerful show,” said Capt. Doug Beaver, Executive Officer of Naval Station Norfolk. “He does a great job of connecting with all members of the audience through comedy. To be able to provide the message of how he changed his life by giving up alcohol was pretty significant.”