Hosted by Santa Barbara High graduate Orr Redko, the next “Laughing Nomad” comedy show will feature some top comedians at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden St., Santa Barbara.
The comedian lineup includes Gayla Johnson, Sarah Taylor, Brent Pella and Cat Alvarado. See https://www.facebook.com/laughingnomadcomedy/ for tickets.
In the class of 2006, Redko played football at Santa Barbara High and later joined the military. He served as a squad leader in a Israeli Air Force Special Operations Reconnaissance Company overseas for three years.
He said adjusting to civilian life was difficult and spent many years battling depression. After discovering comedy, symptoms of his depression started eroding, he said.
Redko said with a creative outlet to channel his thoughts, comedy saved his life. Someday he wants to set up an organization for military veterans to use comedy to counter the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder.
He graduated cum laude from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s of science in business. In November 2018, he decided to pursue stand-up comedy. He moved back to Santa Barbara and realized there was a local market for comedy shows.
Posted Jan. 9, 2020.