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. does standup at the Blue Room in Key West.

“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 hard work.”

As a sailor, he knows all about that. In fact, it’s something he works into his routines.

“I’m the first actual Navy SEAL out of my family,” he told the audience one night.

“I’ve been highly trained by the Navy to seal up any leak you may have,” he joked, feeling along the stage’s walls for any cracks as the audience laughed (in case you weren’t sure, being a SEAL was also part of the joke – he’s not one).

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

“He was great when he started, and he’s gotten even better since,” said a guy named Joe, who got him his first gig at the Blue Room.

When Cha’lee isn’t tending to his Navy obligations, he’s performing, and he has some tips for anyone who wants to try their hand at standup. If you want to catch those tips, as well as hear about his first time onstage (“It was terrible. I wanted to quit.”) and where this single father gets his material from, watch the video above!

READ MORE: Make em’ Laugh: Petty Officer Launches Viral Videos

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