Bernie McGrenahan is one of today’s top stand-up comedians in America! Since his comedy career began in 1988, Bernie has appeared on many late night television comedy specials and opens Las Vegas concerts for today’s biggest stars. Now, the news- media is covering Bernie for his dedication and care for our Military forces. Bernie’s ’HAPPY HOUR’ Comedy ‘With a Message’ Tour targets several areas of concern for a portion of our Armed Forces:
*Alcohol, Drug, & SUICIDE Prevention
*Sexual Assault/ Domestic Abuse Prevention
Someone has finally found the missing ‘hook’ in Safety Briefs, Stand Downs, All Hands Calls, and mandated Alcohol, Drug, Suicide Prevention and Sexual Assault Prevention Trainings: A comedian to ‘break the ice’ with troops by delivering a stand-up comedy show, followed by ‘PERSONAL TESTIMONY’ on Bernie’s experiences with alcohol and substance-abuse, sexual conduct under the influence of alcohol, and surviving the suicide of his nineteen year old brother Scott. ‘HAPPY HOUR’ is the original Comedy ‘Followed by a Prevention Message’ program and is the United States Military’s top-requested prevention and risk-reduction program. This fresh, innovative form of EDU-TAINMENT is bringing our troops and civilians to their feet with applause!
PART ONE of the Program: A Stand-Up Comedy Show
Let’s be honest: Alcohol, Drug. Suicide Prevention, Safety & Sexual Assault Briefs are not an easy session to sell to our Servicemen, especially when mandated to attend. We are always looking for a fresh angle or approach to maintain our target audiences’ attention, to not only keep them interested, but send our troops out with tools and information to better prepare them in their personal and professional lives. Here is why ‘HAPPY HOUR’ is doing just that: Bernie opens the brief with a hysterical 30-minute comedy show which not only entertains, but more importantly ‘gains the trust and respect’ of servicemen. Everyone loves comedy! PowerPoint, Statistical Charts and Videos are each important educational tools, but Bernie instead uses his ‘humor’ to set up the serious Training-Session which follows: A powerful and gripping message on the Dangers of Alcohol, Drugs, Sexual Conduct and Suicide.
PART TWO of the Program:Personal Knowledge and Testimony
Once relaxed and entertained by very funny stand-up comedy, Bernie grips the audiences’ attention by revealing his step by step downward spiral into the world of high-risk drinking and drug abuse. The alcohol and drug related suicide of Bernie’s younger 19 yr old brother Scott would eventually compound Bernie’s drinking and reckless behavior. Three DUI arrests later, at the age of 26 Bernie served a six-month sentence in Los Angeles County. After deciding to ‘use his resources’ and ask for help, Bernie is now 24-years free from alcohol & drugs. Bernie is committed to motivating servicemen to identify the warning signs of alcohol and drug dependency including PTSD related usage. Through identifying with Bernie’s story, troops are being motivated to take action by seeking Chaplains, Counseling, and Treatment before a career or life is lost. Bernie is breaking the stigma that ‘asking for help’ is a sign of weakness and claiming the opposite: ASKING for HELP is a sign of COURAGE! The therapeutic value is someone who has ‘been there’ speaking to someone currently at risk, is without parallel. Bernie is inspiring servicemen to be prepared, trained and ready to defend the Safety of our Nation!
HAPPY HOUR is the FRESHEST & HOTTEST approach to ALL PREVENTION & SAFETY TRAININGS! ENTERTAINING, EDUCATIONAL and INSPIRATIONAL! HAPPY HOUR is ‘Comedy…with a TWIST!
Bernie is NOT a comedian joking about serious issues and topics. ‘HAPPY HOUR’ is a comedy-show first, followed by a powerful and serious Training & Prevention-based session. The training portion is laughter-free, informative, educational and inspirational.
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