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RAF MILDENHALL, England — During his years of grinding through the stand-up comedy circuit in the States, Cory “Zooman” Miller has had some experience in tailoring his act to the audience.

But Miller had to fine-tune it even more this week as he performed for British audiences south of the U.S. Air Force communities in England.

Sometimes the cultural nuances of his jokes didn’t come through easily.

“I said ‘Buffalo wings’ on stage, and they laughed, but they didn’t know what Buffalo wings were,” he said. “We spent all day asking the people we’re with, ‘Do they know what Buffalo wings are? Do they get P. Diddy out here?’”

But Miller will get a homecoming of sorts on Saturday when he performs for an American audience in Mildenhall as a part of The Urban Comedy Tour, a showcase of up-and-coming stand-ups who have come to make the local U.S. military community get its collective laugh on.

The show starts at 9 p.m. at Jubilee Centre in Mildenhall village, near Air Force bases RAFs Mildenhall and Lakenheath.

In addition to Miller, comedians Sean B and A.G. White will be taking the stage.

Miller and White have appeared on a variety of comedy showcases in the States, from “Def Comedy Jam” to P. Diddy’s “Bad Boys of Comedy.”

Saturday’s show is one of many that Hughes and his partner, Erica Motley, are working to put on for American military personnel in the U.K. this year, said Sean Hughes, a member of the local American community and a promoter.

While looking forward to Saturday’s American audience, Miller said the realities of England have surprised him.

“I was under the impression that they were the most proper people on the planet,” he said. “But they’re just as rude as us. They’ve caught up and passed us.”

Miller and Hughes both said some political aspects of their stateside act are left out when playing for a military audience.

“I try to stay away from anything having to do with war,” Miller said. “I haven’t been there, so I won’t fake it. I tend to lean more towards human experience. Everybody’s got a grandmother.”

It’s also a way to give back to the military personnel and families who are sacrificing for those back home, he said.

“We just try and bring whatever we can,” Miller said. “Even if it’s just comedic ammunition, we bring it.”

Urban Comedy Tour

What: The Urban Comedy Tour, a night of laughs featuring up-and-coming stand-up comedians from the States.

Where: Jubilee Centre, Mildenhall, England. Near RAFs Mildenhall and Lakenheath.

When: 9 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Cost: 15 pounds in advance, 20 pounds at the door.

For more information, call 07970092533.


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