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Standup Comics Entertain Troops Stationed Overseas in Inspirational Concert Flick

 

I Am Battle Comic

Film Review by Kam Williams

Standup Comics Entertain Troops Stationed Overseas in Inspirational Concert Flick

  For over 50 years, Bob Hope served as emcee of the USO tour traveling overseas to entertain the troops. From World War II through Operation Desert Storm, Hope never hesitated to put himself in harm’s way. The well-received shows proved to be pretty popular back home, too, where they aired periodically on NBC.

I Am Battle Comic,  Film Review, Jordan Brady, Bob Hope,  Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain, Battle Comic, George Lopez, Dave Attell, George Wallace

Jeff Capri, Slade Ham, Don Barnhart, Jordan Brady, and Bob Kubota  © Brady Oil Entertainment

Although no longer televised, an altruistic band of talented comedians have continued to venture to war zones in the wake of Bob Hope’s passing. Their unheralded efforts are the subject of I Am Battle Comic, a combination concert flick and documentary directed by Jordan Brady.

The inspirational film was shot on location in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Bahrain, and stars 14 standup veterans, including George Lopez, Dave Attell and George Wallace, to name a few. While it’s certainly fun watching them perform onstage before very grateful audiences, what’s far more rewarding is the behind-the-scenes footage of them bonding with the soldiers.

Jeff Capri, Slade Ham, Don Barnhart, Jordan Brady, and Bob Kubota in a Film Still from I Am Battle Comic © Brady Oil Entertainment

Jordan Brady  © Brady Oil Entertainment

For instance, we witness Lopez stick around after a show to sign an autograph for anybody that wanted one, over 1,000 in total. Then there’s Bob Kubota, who explains that he’s actually anti-war, and isn’t there for those who started or profit from the conflict. Rather, he wistfully recalls the satisfaction coming from receiving a letter from grateful parents thanking him for lifting the spirits of a son who’d been down in the dumps for eight months.

The picture also features funny archival footage of Bob Hope and Robin Williams. Still,  what’ll probably stick with you longer than any witty one-liners are sobering moments like a weeping private’s heartfelt reflections on his service and a comic’s visit to an infirmary to chat with wounded warriors.

A moving concert flick that’ll make you laugh while bringing a tear to your eye in appreciation of our soldiers’ selfless sacrifices.

Excellent (4 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 89 minutes

Studio: Brady Oil Entertainment

Distributor: Monterey Media

 

Source:  Baret News

 

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