The Armed Services Arts Partnership’s (ASAP) Comedy Bootcamp in Norfolk, Virginia, is an eight week comedy writing and performing class for veterans, servicemembers, and military family members. Comedy bootcampers partner with professional stand-up comedians and comedy instructors to develop routines and find audiences. We meet several veteran comedians and follow Isaura Ramirez who spent 13 years in the Army and a 15-month tour in Iraq. Isaura speaks about military service, the sexual harassment she faced in the Army and how comedy has helped her and others tell their story. Along the way, see Isaura and her fellow veteran comedians perform at New York City’s Gotham Comedy Club.
This is a video from VETERANS COMING HOME, an innovative public media project exploring the lives of post-9/11 veterans, the divide between them and their communities, and the stereotypes that veterans and civilians hold about each other. Why does this divide exist? How does it affect communities across the country? And why does it matter?
VETERANS COMING HOME (VCH) is a project by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Kindling Group, and Wisconsin Public Television. This video was made with help from We Are the Mighty, Armed Services Arts Partnership, and WHRO in Norfolk, Virginia.
Learn more about the Veterans Coming Home project at www.VeteransComingHome.org.
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