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Published on Oct 2, 2014
Based on Don Barnhart's new book Rock Bottom, Freeloader uses a humorous yet tender approach to bring awareness to the increased number of homeless veterans and the epidemic proportions of veteran’s suicide.
Freeloader tells the story of fictional character, highly decorated military veteran Guy Derek. Derek returns home after serving several ‘extended’ tours in Afghanistan only to find that his wife has left him, his house is foreclosed and she gave away his dog.
Reacting rather poorly to the situation as one might do, Guy begins to drink…and he drinks a lot, spiraling downward until he finally hits rock bottom and ends up living on the streets of Las Vegas. In an effort to regain his life, Guy transforms into the Robin Hood of the homeless finding out that pain plus time equals funny and eventually finds his way back through the use of his wit and humor.
Freeloader is loosely based upon the author’s own life, experiences and pitfalls along with the other hardships of pursuing his dream of becoming a standup comedian. When he’s not on tour, Barnhart is a resident headliner and stars in his own show performing nightly at Jokesters Comedy Club in Las Vegas at The D Casino.
Don Barnhart’s comedy has been called, “A thrill ride of well-written, topical material exploring modern day society in a way that is hysterical, intelligent and thought provoking. Don’s ability to keep audiences of all ages howling with laughter and coming back for more is what separates him from the average joke teller.”