[caption id=“attachment_3976” align=“alignright” width=“382”] Gen. Ray Odierno gives Stephen Colbert a haircut during Colbert’s performance for U.S. military personnel June 7, 2009, in Baghdad. USO Photo by Steve Manuel[/caption]
It was a big two days for USO entertainers, who brought home a total of six Primetime Emmy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday and Monday.
Stephen Colbert – whose “The Colbert Report” took home Emmys for Outstanding Variety Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series – went on a high-profile USO tour to Iraq in 2009. Colbert’s mentor Jon Stewart‘s "The Daily Show" also won an Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for Short-Form Segments and Variety Specials. Stewart went downrange for the USO in the summer of 2011. And last year, former interim “The Daily Show” host John Oliver and a trio of show writers and producers visited troops in Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Comedians Jimmy Fallon and Louis C.K. also took home awards. Fallon – who emceed the USO-coordinated Fourth of July concert at the White House in 2009 – won Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for hosting “Saturday Night Live.” Louis C.K. garnered Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series honors for "Louie.“ He has gone on two USO tours – including a 13-base trip to Afghanistan in 2008 – and even worked the USO into an episode of his hit FX show.
"The Big Bang Theory” won Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series. Actors from the show went on a USO tour to meet troops in the Pacific in 2012.
[caption id=“attachment_4814” align=“alignleft” width=“300”] Katy Perry salutes service members before performing “Firework” at the “VH1 Divas Salute The Troops” show in 2010. Courtesy photo[/caption]
Meanwhile, Katy Perry took home Best Female Video at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards for "Dark Horse.“ Haley Williams - lead singer of Paramore - also took home a VMA, winning the MTV Clubland Award for her EDM collaboration with Zedd on "Stay the Night.” Both women were part of the 2010 “VH1 Divas Salute the Troops” show presented by the USO. Paramore did their portion of that show from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, as part of a USO entertainment tour.
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