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Lt. Col. Rob Riggle Is Not Your Typical Comedian

Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- War is no joke, but Rob Riggle was not about to let 23 years of Marine Corp service stand between him and a career as a comedian and actor.

"The comedy seeds were planted before the Marine seeds," the recently retired lieutenant colonel says.

"The thought of comedy never happening was scary. When you have a plan, you never know what will happen."

A Louisville, Ky., native, Riggle, 43, is probably best known for character roles on Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show, as well as work with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York.

He also had parts in movies like The Hangover, Step Brothers and 21 Jump Street, all of which he managed while serving in the Marine Corps: nine years of active duty and 14 years in the reserves.

"I don't think anybody is just one thing," he says. "When I put on my Marine cover, I'm a Marine and I act accordingly."

He joined the service in 1992. He was studying theater at the University of Kansas as a sophomore at the age of 19 when a friend motivated him to join. "I always thought highly of him and when he came back from duty and told me all about it, he got me all motivated," Riggle recalls.

Comedy has always played a big part in Riggle's life. At home his mom and dad were a comedy team, with dad as the most animated, he says. And jokes were part of  Riggle's way of defending himself. "If I could make them laugh," he says, "they won't beat me up."

He says he was voted "most humorous" in high school.

The fear of not being able to fulfill his dream of becoming a comedian made him quit flight school in 1994.

"I have never quit anything in life, so it didn't sit well with me," he said.

That's when he wrote down a note that he was going to be on Saturday Night Live in 10 years.  To his amazement, he got a call 10 years later to be part of the cast of SNL. That was a dream come true for Riggle, because it was one of the first comedy shows he ever watched, he says.

Indeed, whenever he was away from comedy in the Marines, he would make sure to write, perform jokes and surround himself with friends in the business.  He also watched fellow Marines to gather ideas for future characters.

"I would always study those guys and focus on them," he says, "and really listen to the words they use."

Riggle's message for veterans coming into the civilian world:

"My advice is for veterans to seek out mentors, people who are doing what you want to do. You have to decide what you want and have a goal. Don't worry about how you're going to do it. Just trust that you'll get there. There's no better citizen than a veteran. There's so much waiting for you outside and it's not something to be intimidated by or scared by, it is something to be embraced. Decide what you want and go get it."

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Justin Timberlake Goes to Ball with Marine Who Posted YouTube Invite

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Singer/actor Justin Timberlake made good on his promise, attending a Marine Corps ball in Washington, D.C. this weekend with a Marine who posted her invitation to him on YouTube.

He escorted Cpl. Kelsey De Santis, who posted her invite after another Marine, Sgt. Scott Moore, invited Timberlake's Friends with Benefits co-star Mila Kunis to a separate ball via a YouTube video.

Kunis accepted Moore’s invitation. She’ll go with him to the ball on Nov. 18 in Greenville, N.C.

On his website, Timberlake wrote that he was proud to attend the event to show his support of the armed forces.

“I knew I would have an evening that I wouldn’t forget...Something I could tell my friends about. What I didn’t know was how moved I would be by the whole experience,” he posted.

He also seemed impressed with De Santis, writing that the 23-year-old was “humble and honest...very cool,” and that she seemed concerned about whether he was enjoying himself.

“I have to tell you, it’s not every day that I meet a 23-year-old girl and she’s more worried about if I’m having fun or if I’m comfortable! It hit me all of a sudden that these were the type of people that look after us and our freedom...Humble, concerned for others before themselves...This was the type of person our Marine Corps was building. I was really blown away,” he wrote.

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Sgt. Moore Reacts to Mila Kunis' Acceptance to the Marine Corps Ball

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Sgt. Scott Moore, the Marine in Afghanistan who will be taking Black Swan actress Mila Kunis to the Marine Corps Ball in November, spoke out Tuesday about why he invited the actress in the first place.

"The idea behind my YouTube invitation to Mila Kunis came about after some Marines from 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, and I were hanging out talking," Moore said in a statement. "One of the Marines bet that I wouldn't make the video and post it. Of course, a bet between Marines must be honored, so I took the chance. You can't make shots that you don't take, so I took the best shot I could.

"The Marines of 3/2, my family and friends back home in Grove City, Pa. have been so supportive, and did a great job of getting the video a lot of attention," he said. "I'm very excited about the opportunity to share the experience with Ms. Kunis and would like thank her for accepting my offer."

Over the weekend, Kunis said yes while doing publicity for her upcoming film, Friends with Benefits, with Justin Timberlake. Apparently it was Timberlake who encouraged Kunis to agree.

"JT and I had this all planned from the start. He's been a great wingman; it's nice to know he can get over the jealousy to help a brother out (just kidding)," Moore said. "Justin Timberlake's encouragement definitely helped; I owe him one."

In an e-mail sent to ABC News, Moore admitted that taking Kunis to the ball was a long shot.

"We all talk about what we are going to do when we get back, and this was my dream," he said. "I do feel bad for putting her on the spot, but it's not like I was going to bump into her on the streets of Musa Qala between now and the ball."

Instead, Moore, a data systems technician with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, currently stationed in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, set up a YouTube page called "Go With Me Mila" and posted a brief video asking the 27-year-old actress to accompany him to the ball on Nov. 18 in Greenville, N.C.

"I always thought I had a chance, and sometimes that's all you need," Moore said in a statement.

This year's ball will be special, not just because Kunis is his date, but also because its the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps and his unit will be home from Afghanistan, Moore said. As for any special plans he has in store for Kunis, "I think I'll keep that a secret for now; we have to iron out the details."

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Mila Kunis Accepts Marine's Invite to Ball

ABC/A.M.P.A.S.(LOS ANGELES) -- One lucky Marine in Afghanistan is shouting "Hoorah" right about now.

That's because Mila Kunis, the sexy Black Swan actress, has accepted Marine Sgt. Scott Moore's invitation to be his date to the Marine Corps Ball in November.

The actress said yes over the weekend, while doing press for her upcoming film, Friends with Benefits, with co-star Justin Timberlake.

Last week, Moore, from the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in Musa Qala, Afghanistan, set up a YouTube page called "Go With Me Mila" and posted a video asking the 27-year-old starlet to accompany him to the ball on Nov. 18 in Greenville, N.C.

"Hey Mila, Sgt. Moore, but you can call me Scotty," the sergeant said in uniform and dark sunglasses outside his bunker in Afghanistan. "I just want to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the Marine Corps Ball with yours truly. So take a second to think about it and get back to me. All right, bye now."

The 20-second video touched Timberlake, who vowed to make it happen when Fox411 asked Kunis about the invite.

"Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? You need to do it for your country," Timberlake asked Kunis.

Then, in a message intended for Moore, Timberlake said, "I'm going to work on this, man. This needs to go down."

Taking a second to confer with her publicist, Kunis agreed. "I'll go. I'll do it for you," she said before asking Timberlake if he was going as well.

"They don't want me! They want you," Timberlake responded. "You need to do it for your country."

Resolved, Kunis confirmed, "I'll do it."

ABC News did not get an immediate response from Kunis' rep. Nor did Moore respond immediately to emails.

A lot of folks were cheering the Marine on his YouTube page Monday. "Ha! She said yes! Lucky sucker! Congrats man!" one person wrote.

Like a lot of other people, that person may have been wishing he had come up with Moore's idea sooner.

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