Actor and comedian Rob Riggle is one of the funniest men on film and television. He’s in everything these days; from 22 Jump Street to Dumb and Dumber To, and even has a regular appearance on Fox NFL Sunday. Many know Riggle from his early days on Saturday Night Live or as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s Daily Show with Jon Stewart, but Riggle’s career actually began somewhere far less conventional.

A piece on Fast Company details how Riggle developed from a young Marine officer into one of the funniest names in the game. He served in the Marines for 23 years, and just recently retired.