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Bobby Henline is a professional speaker and stand-up comedian who draws on his experiences as a U.S. Army veteran. He enlisted in the Army at age 17 and was a Desert Storm veteran by age 19.
Henline left the service but was inspired to re-enlist after the attacks against the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. He deployed to Iraq three times with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
On April 7, 2007, the Humvee that Henline was riding in, just north of Baghdad, struck a roadside bomb. He was the only one of the vehicle’s five occupants to survive the blast. More than 38 percent of his body was burned, and his head was burned to the skull. He spent six months battling for survival in the hospital, and his left hand was so badly injured that it was eventually amputated. To date, Henline has had more than 40 surgeries.
In August 2009, during a doctor’s appointment in Los Angeles, Henline “pinky-swore” with his occupational therapist that he would try stand-up comedy while he was in town. The “Well-Done Comedian” was born shortly afterward, during an open-mic night at the Comedy Store.
Henline believes that God spared his life for a reason that day north of Baghdad — that his mission is to help create awareness for burn survivors, to inspire others to live life to the fullest, and to promote healing through sharing his story and laughter. In addition to his comedy, he is a motivational speaker who often addresses corporate groups, nonprofit organizations and others.
Henline lives in San Antonio with his wife, Connie, and four children. He performs regularly at the Laugh Out Loud and River Center Comedy Clubs in San Antonio, and has made appearances at Rooster T. Feathers (Sunnyvale, Calif.), The Comedy Zone (Fayetteville, N.C.) and Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas.