A Day With Cha’lee: What Drove This Navy Comedian to Standup

By Katie Lange
Defense Media Activity

When civilians think of the military, they often think of a serious soldier, sailor, Marine or airman who’s stoic all day, every day. But just like anyone else, service members like to kick back when they’re off duty. They have families, hobbies, and oftentimes, big personalities with lots of jokes attached.

There’s no better example of this than Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Cha’lee Adams Jr., the self-proclaimed “Facebook dude” who makes military-related videos that have gone viral on YouTube, Instagram, Twitter and yes, of course, Facebook.

He’s gained quite the following over the years – a feat that often comes with fans and haters. So a few years ago, when some of his less-enthusiastic viewers commented that the comedy he did online couldn’t compare to standup, he took that as a challenge.

He’s been working on his standup routine ever since. When we caught up with Cha’lee in Key West, Florida, he was the featured comedian at a place called the Blue Room.

Cha’lee Jr. is stationed in Key West, Florida.

“If you want to get better as a comedian, you have to hit the stage every time you get a chance,” he said. “It’s all about…

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