Tragedy leads veteran Travis Howze to inspire others with comedy

Travis Howze was a member of the Charleston Fire Department in South Carolina when a horrible tragedy claimed the lives of nine firefighters in the 2007 Super Store Sofa fire.

Howze was on the recovery team after the fire and had to help identify his friends who had perished in the blaze. He was eventually diagnosed with severe post-traumatic stress, survivors guilt and depression.

“I strive to better myself through comedy and hopefully brighten other people’s days when I am on stage,” Howze said. “I hope to be on a platform someday where I can help others who are struggling with what I’ve worked so hard to overcome.”

The comedian will be in four shows at the Laughing Gas Comedy Club in Winston-Salem this weekend, including 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, June 20; 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday, June 21.

The comedian visited FOX8 on Thursday.

For more information, visit www.funnyunderfire.com and www.facebook.com/comediantravishowze.

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