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Bo IrvineFeaturing: Bo Irvine

Stand-Up Comedian - Inspirational Speaker - Risk Management Specialist
"Hawaii's King of Comedy"

As a national headlining comedian, Bo has been performing for mainland & local audiences since 1987. His national television credits include A&E's "Comedy on the Road," Showtime's "Comedy Club Network," HBO, NBC Late Nite, and winner of NBC's Last Comic Standing 2008 Hawaii Showcase. Bo has worked with numerous national recording artists and comedy greats including George Carlin, Howie Mandel, George Lopez, Jeff Foxworthy and Brad Garrett. Catch Bo's night club act, “High & Right Comedy Night” at the Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki every Tuesday and Saturday evening.  Bo was also the star of the “Comedy Polynesia” show that ran from March 2008 to January 2013 at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel in Waikiki.

Mr. Irvine's real life experience as Director of Safety and Occupational Health & Fire Protection at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii for 20 years, along with 20+ years of stand-up sets him apart from your typical "risk management" speaker and comedian. Bo is no stranger to being front and center; he spearheaded a National Safety Program which was given the coveted U.S. Secretary of the Navy Award of Excellence an unprecedented four times, presented each time by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Center of Safety Excellence Award six times. Irvine began his civil service career in 1971 as a firefighter with the Naval Air Station Barbers Point Crash Fire Rescue, working his way through the ranks to become the youngest Fire Captain then Assistant Chief in the Federal Fire Department. His areas of experience and expertise are vast, from a safety and fire protection perspective, risk management, as well as issues related to personal health and well-being. Bo's Diabetes program, "Seriously... Living with Diabetes Can Be Funny," is nationally recognized with healthcare professionals and patients, using humor on his personal experience of living with Diabetes.

Looking to entertain and inspire a local, mainland or English speaking international audience? Bo Irvine delivers comic relief with his solid act, quick wit and ability to ad lib with any audience under any circumstance. Catch Bo's night club act or book him for a corporate or private event today!  Call 808-531-4242 or e-mail wshipp@hawaii.rr.com

Featured News:

Safety stand down promotes awareness
By Kaylee LaRocque
NAS Jax Deputy PAO


Safety Stand down

NAS Jax conducted a safety stand down at the VP-30 auditorium Nov. 16 to remind Sailors and civilian employees to make smart decisions to stay safe over the Thanksgiving holiday. Coordinated by the base safety office, the event promoted risk management and safe driving measures.

“There have been three Sailors killed in the Jacksonville area over the past year in mishaps. Maybe the circumstances would have been different if a colleague had intervened or the person had made other decisions. Today, we are going to arm you with information so you and your shipmates can make good decisions. You are all a valuable part of the NAS Jax team and we need you,” said NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Maclay.

“The most dangerous day to drive is the day after Thanksgiving when many of you will be on the road. So with the holidays coming up, we want to ensure you return safely,” he added.

Maclay also talked about Club 2000 – an NAS Jacksonville program that allows military members and civilian employees to call for a free ride home if they’ve been drinking. “This program is to make sure you get home safe if you do go out and have a couple drinks and don’t have a designated driver to get you home. Just call the quarterdeck and they will get you a free cab. There is absolutely no retribution for using this program,” said Maclay. 

The guest speaker for the safety stand down was risk management speaker and comedian Bo Irvine, who was the director of safety and occupational health and fire protection at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Hawaii for 20 years.

“All of us practice risk management each and every day but you put the value to whatever your risks might be. It starts every morning when you turn on the lights after getting out of bed. Then if you take a shower – you put your hand in to test the water – you don’t just jump right in to see if it’s hot or cold. That’s risk management,” said Irvine.

Irvine then asked the audience why they wear seat belts. Most answered “because it’s the law.”

“That is the same answer all over the world. This law was made to protect us from ourselves. Statistics prove that wearing seat belts saves lives,” he continued.

Irvine also discussed how insurance companies charge younger drivers much higher rates because they tend to be higher risk takers. “Eighteen to 28 year olds are the highest risk takers and that’s why they charge you 9 million dollars to get car insurance because they know you are going to have accidents,” he said.

“And, many of you joined the military because you are risk takers. Most risk takers don’t like risk management but you can still be in the risk business and be safe. If you are going to go out and drink, always have a designated driver and make sure you choose that person before you go, not after everyone has already had a few,” stressed Irvine.  “And, I want you all to know that by drinking a cup of coffee or an energy drink will not make you sober. If you are the designated driver you don’t get to drink! Your friends and families lives depend on you.”

Irvine also stressed the importance of not talking on cell phones while driving. “Distracted drivers get killed or kill others. Can you imagine a P-3 pilot playing video games while flying the aircraft? If you are driving 55 mph and looking at your phone texting someone you can’t be concentrating on driving down that road,” he continued.

“Remember, it’s not the safety department’s fault, not the fire department’s fault for not responding quick enough to get you out of the situation you got yourself into. You control your immediate destiny. Risk management is not rocket science – it’s something we practice every day,” concluded Irvine.

Maclay concluded the stand down by stating, “Take this information to heart, use risk management wherever you go and be safe.”

“This was different from the other safety stand downs I’ve been to – the guest speaker was very humorous in presenting the information. He definitely got the point across,” said AZ3 Mario Correa Jackson after the brief.

Comedy Clubs - Headline Engagements

  • NBC Last Comic Standing 2008 Hawaii Showcase (Winner)
  • Greek Isles Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
  • Seven Feathers Resort & Casino, Oregon
  • Improv, Irvine, CA
  • Ice House Comedy & Magic Club, Pasadena, CA
  • Cincinnati Comedy Connection, OH
  • Comedy Polynesia, Waikiki
  • Sharkey’s Comedy Club, Waikiki
  • Honolulu Comedy Club, Waikiki
  • Kauai Comedy Club
  • Kona Comedy Club, Big Island
  • Hilo Comedy Club, Big Island
  • Maui Comedy Club, Maui Marriott
  • Member of Booga Booga


  • Marine Corps League New Year’s Eve Comedy Show
  • U.S. Navy Region Europe – Naples ITALY, Sigonella ITALY, Rota SPAIN, Souda Bay GREECE
  • U.S. Navy Region Europe/Middle East - Bahrain
  • 2010 Tri-Service Symposium – Sonthofen GERMANY
  • Hickam Air Force Base, HI, Officers Club, Enlisted Club
  • Annual Pac Rim Safety & Health Conference -Honolulu, HI
  • Marine Corps Base Safety Stand Down - Camp Pendleton, CA
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot - San Diego, CA
  • Marine Corps Air Station - Miramar, CA
  • Marine Corps Base - Quantico, VA
  • Marine Corps Air Facility - 29 Palms, CA
  • Naval Safety Center - Norfolk, VA
  • Naval Submarine Training Center - Honolulu, HI
  • Kaneohe Marine Corps Base Officers Club, Staff NOC Club and Enlisted Club
  • Marine Corps Air Station - Yuma, NV
  • 3rd Marine Air Wing Safety Stand Downs - 29 Palms, Miramar, Yuma, Camp Pendleton
  • 2008 Critical Days of Summer Safety Stand Downs - Okinawa, Japan
  • 2010 Critical Days of Summer Safety Stand Downs – Okinawa, Japan
  • VP-17 Barbers Point
  • 619th Airlift Support
  • USCG Marine Safety Office
  • USS New York City
  • Safety Standdown at Naval Support Activity Bahrain - http://www.dibdias.com/2010/09/bo-irvine-safety-stand-down.html

Concert Openings

  • George Carlin
  • Howie Mandel
  • Jeff Foxworthy
  • George Lopez
  • Kenny Loggins
  • Bill Bellamy
  • Brad Garrett
  • Rodney Dangerfield
  • George Wallace
  • Julio Iglesias
  • Yakov Smirnoff
  • Garry Shandling
  • Bobcat Goldthwaite
  • Four Tops
  • Touch of Gold
  • Righteous Brothers
  • Makaha Sons of Niihau, Long Beach CA
  • Hula Bowl Post-Game Concerts
  • Cecilio & Kapono (Kona, Waikiki Shell)
  • Bruddah Waltah - Guam/Saipan Tour


  • University of Hawaii – Honolulu
  • Chaminade University – Honolulu
  • University of Phoenix - Honolulu
  • University of Hawaii – Hilo

Comedy CD

  • "Bo Knows Comedy"

Television - National

  • NBC Last Comic Standing 2008 Hawaii Showcase, Improv-Los Angeles
  • NBC Late Night
  • “Comedy Club Network” – Showtime Cable
  • “Comedy on the Road” with Jon Byner - A&E Cable Network
  • “24 Hour New Years Comedy Extravaganza” – Turner Broadcasting
  • D-Life TV – “Seriously…Living With Diabetes Can Be Funny!”

Television - Hawaii

  • Hawaii Make Me Laugh 1 & 2 (Headliner)
  • KHON – Channel 2 News “It Drives Me Crazy”
  • Budweiser Commercial
  • Hawaiian Moving Company
  • Hawaii Superkids
  • Smoke Free Hawaii
  • “Channel 2 News” with Joe Moore
  • “News at Five” – KGMG-9
  • Honolulu Comedy Competition – KITV-4 (1st Place Winner)
  • Spotlight on Hawaii Small Business – KITV-4
  • “$100,000 Bingo” – KHNL TV-13


  • *KSSK AM/FM – Perry & Price Live (over 20 guest appearances)
  • Perry & Price “$1 Million Giveaway” – Featured Guest
  • Perry & Price – “10th Anniversary Roast”
  • KPOI 105.9 – AM Drive DJ with Ed Kanoi
  • Kool Gold 107.9 – AM Drive DJ with Ed Kanoi
  • KWXX 94.7 – Hilo, HI
  • Lex Brodie Tire (commercials)
  •  “Live at the Honolulu Comedy Club with Bo Irvine” radio feature, 1991-93, aired on
    • KCCN – AM/FM Oahu
    • KNUI – AM/FM Maui
    • KQNG – AM/FM Kauai

Newspaper Feature Articles

  • Hawaii Marine Lifestyles – “Tonight’s Entertainment”
  • Aloha Magazine of the Pacific - “Playing it for Laughs”
  • Midweek Magazine – “Old Friends”
  • Midweek Magazine – “On the Move”
  • Honolulu News - “Quick Witted Funny Man Bo Irvine”
  • Honolulu Advertiser – Body & Mind “Laughter Fights Diabetes” 
  • Honolulu Advertiser – “Return from the Land of the Frozen Comics”
  • Pacific Daily News (Guam) – Concert Review
  • Midweek Magazine – Cover Story “Comic Relief”
  • The Garden Island (Kauai) – “Irvine to Headline Comedy Club”
  • Maui News – “Local Comedian Lands Big”
  • Star Bulletin – Album Review – “Bo Knows Comedy”
  • Stars & Stripes – “Stand-up delivers comic relief for Foster summer safety stand-down”

Conventions, Corporate Shows, Keynotes & Motivational Speaking Engagements

  • Hawaii Postal Carriers Union
  • National/International Safety Conference, Honolulu
  • International Association of Fire Chief’s, Cincinnati Hilton
  • Queens Hospital Nursing Alumni
  • Hawaiian Annual Civics Convention, 4 Queens Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, NV
  • St. Francis Medical Center
  • Hawaii Carpenter’s Union
  • Representative Lynn Finnegan Fundraiser
  • Mayor Mufi Hanneman Fundraiser
  • K-Mart Senior Associates
  • Hawaii Association of Land Surveyors
  • Halekulani Hotel Staff Holiday Party
  • Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Staff Holiday Party
  • Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Holiday Party
  • Royal Hawaiian Hotel Staff Holiday Party
  • Honolulu Fire Department
  • Elite Meetings International
  • Ala Moana Hotel Staff Holiday Party
  • Maui Marriott Staff Holiday Party
  • Windward Federal Credit Union
  • Hickam Federal Credit Union
  • Honda Windward
  • HMMA
  • Hawaii Medical Service Association
  • Hawaii Respiratory Association
  • Hawaii Diabetes Association
  • Miss Narcissus Pageant
  • Hoku Awards
  • Maui First Hawaiian Bank
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Society of Safety Engineers
  • Hawaii Association of Diabetes Educators
  • Kahala Nui
  • Taking Control Of Your Diabetes, Keynote Speaker
    • Las Vegas, NV
    • Honolulu, HI
    • Maui, HI
    • San Diego, CA
    • Amarillo, TX
    • Molokai, HI
    • Fresno, CA
  • Ameron
  • Honblue
  • First Nations Cree Counsel, Hobbema Canada
  • USS Independence & USS Constitution Cruise Ships – weekly shows
  • Air Gas Pro
  • Aloha Termite & Pest Control
  • Safety Systems Hawaii
  • JDF in Association with Alpha Gamma
  • Hawaii Food Bank Fundraiser
  • Hawaii Fire Chiefs Association
  • Honolulu First Hawaiian Bank
  • Hawaii Federal Credit Union
  • Federal Firefighter’s Recruitment Graduation
  • Subcontractors Association of Hawaii
  • AS Hinahara Construction Co.
  • Hata Y & Company Foods
  • Hawaii Association of Diabetic Educators Annual Conference – Honolulu,
  • American Healthways – Ft. Lauderdale and Nashville Grand Ole Opry
  • Western Regional Endocrinologists Annual Convention - San Francisco, CA
  • HMSA - Diabetes Care Connection – “Diabetes Maui Style” – Maui, HI
  • American Diabetes Association, Hawaii Chapter – numerous fundraisers
  • Diabetes Conference at Pali Momi Hospital, Honolulu, HI
  • Queens Hospital – University of Hawaii Diabetes Prevention Program, Honolulu, HI
  • Halau Ola ‘O Mimiko No Wai’anae – Waianae, HI
  • Hawaii State Diabetes Control Program – Honolulu, HI
  • Collective Mana Diabetes Program, St Francis Parish Nurses – Honolulu, HI
  • Diabetes Maui Style – Diabetes Care Connection, Maui, HI
  • Women’s Health Issues – Sponsored by the American Heart Association – Honolulu, HI
  • Diabetes Care Connection – HMSA Health Fair – Honolulu, HI
  • American Diabetes Association – Hawaii Chapter – Numerous Fundraisers
  • Allstate Insurance
  • Pacific Aviation Museum Fundraiser
  • Hawaiian Chopper – Biker Build Off Concert
  • S & K Sales Company Food Brokers
  • Ku’Ulei Pau
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • March Of Dimes
  • American Red Cross
  • Hawaii Heart Association Ball
  • Lung AssociationBank of HawaiiQueens Medical Center
  • Hawaii National Bank
  • Kuakini Medical Center
  • Johnston Island
  • Pizza Hut
  • Aloha Airlines
  • Board of Water Supply
  • Toshiba Australia
  • Peat Marwick
  • Compaq Computer
  • Pacific Transfer
  • Big Island Candies
  • Maui Chamber of Commerce
  • Waiakea H.S. Graduation Party
  • Liberty House – Kahala
  • Lanai Company
  • St. Louis HS Class Reunion
  • Maryknoll School Project Grad
  • St. Francis School Project Grad
  • Hawaiian Trust Company