Documentary filmmaker Jordan Brady is no stranger to comedy: the director of acclaimed documentaries I Am Comic and I Am Road Comic, he’s spent years profiling performers from Tim Allen and Tom Arnold to Maria Bamford and Doug Benson, exploring their lives at home and on the road and capturing better than almost anyone what it’s like to actually be a comedian.
Brady’s latest film I Am Battle Comic, is a natural third chapter in his documentary trilogy. It follows stand-ups including Dave Attell, Wayne Federman, and George Lopez, among others, who head overseas to entertain the troops — something a surprising number of stand-ups do, but that’s rarely really explored.
To best understand what it’s like for comedians to travel to completely new, potentially dangerous places, to perform for incredibly deserving and exhausted military members across the globe, Brady set out alongside them. He and his crew went to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait, observing what it’s like to try to make our troops laugh in some of the least funny places on earth. Pick it up here.
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