From base to base, ‘funny is … funny,’ says Bruce Bruce
SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — When people meet Atlanta comedian Bruce Bruce, his spontaneous humor, affection for people and easygoing personality shine through right away.
He had performances scheduled at Sasebo’s Galaxies Club on Monday night and a family-friendly version Tuesday at the Showboat Theater. Before arriving in Sasebo, he performed at Yokota Air Base.
“I guess it was about 17 years ago that I first was onstage. And I knew right then I wanted to do this for the rest of my life,” Bruce said. “I love comedy, and I’ve always cracked jokes. But my heart, my real passion, is for stripping,” quipped the rotund 43-year-old.
“My mother, when she tried to get my attention, she always had to call me twice. So ‘Bruce Bruce’ — it just became my name.”
Bruce is known for adult comedy but prides himself on not using vulgarity alone to win a laugh. He particularly enjoys comedy appropriate for the entire family, he said.
After serving as host of BET’s “Comic View” for two seasons, he returned to the network in October as host of “Coming to the Stage.” Bruce starred in his own “Comedy Central Presents” special early last year, and UrbanWorks Entertainment released a one-hour comedy DVD called “Bruce Bruce Live,” last summer.
Next to conquer? Movies and television, he said.
But even with such an impressive résumé, performing for servicemembers overseas is special, he said.
“It’s what makes this trip out here special to me. With all the war going on involving our country, we need a little entertainment,” Bruce said. “Those serving the country overseas, they especially need the entertainment, and it’s a honor to be someone making them laugh.”
Bruce was slated to perform for airmen and Marines on Okinawa later this week.
Although he’s performing overseas during Black History Month, Bruce said he really doesn’t give much thought to the month’s unique designation.
“I mean, there’s nothing about me that is representative of Black History Month. I don’t care what color people are. I like everybody,” he said. “ … No matter what color people are, funny is still funny.”
Wednesday at Club Trilogy at Atsugi — 7 p.m.
Thursday at Fleet Theater at Yokosuka — 7 p.m.