By Danielle Davis, Bayonet & Saber /
Comedian, actress and author Kerri Pomarolli took the stage in McGinnis-Wickam Hall’s Marshall Auditorium Sept. 21 for a comedy hour organized by Fort Benning’s Family Advocacy Program.
Pomarolli’s no stranger to Fort Benning. Her mother, Barbara Pomarolli, worked on post 52 years ago at Martin Army Community Hospital as a recreation supervisor for the Red Cross. Something she’s told her daughter all about.
“At that time, the Red Cross had workers in all military hospitals,” said Barbara Pomarolli.
According to Pomarolli, she along with a few others would plan things to do for the Soldiers who couldn’t leave the hospital.
“There was this big recreation hall where we’d have pool tables and pingpong tables set up. We’d also have parties for them. There were also movies and games for the Soldiers who were bed-ridden,” she said.
Barbara Pomarolli went on to express her deep appreciation for the military saying, “My husband and I have such a huge heart for the military, especially the veterans. We want to thank all of you for your service and we really do appreciate you.”
“We are huge supporters of what the military does. They’re always in our prayers,” said Kerri Pomarolli, echoing her mom.
During the comedy hour, Kerri Pomarolli joked about her southern upbringing, her experiences in Los Angeles and what it’s like raising kids.
Pomarolli has two daughters. The older one, Lucy, took the stage alongside her mother to share a song with the audience during the comedy hour. Many lifted their voices to sing “God Bless America” along with her.
Being family-friendly is something that’s very important to Pomarolli. It’s why she chose to write her own material.
“I wanted to do things that were clean and a lot of the roles I was offered on TV and film were not family-friendly,” Pomarolli said.
“I want to do things that I can be proud of. You don’t have to be crude to be funny. I really want my audience to know that laughter from real-life events. You can take any situation and turn it into a comedic experience.”