“Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor”–A Documentary

A while ago, I posted about a program that uses stand-up comedy as a therapeutic tool for those with mental health issues (Stand Up For Mental Health). Turns out another program, Comedy Warriors, exists to aid soldiers who are injured physically and mentally.

Five veterans who were hurt in combat—four men and one woman—will be featured in an upcoming documentary about their experiences of learning stand-up comedy from some well-known Los Angeles comedians, including Bob Saget and Brad Garrett.

As stated on their website,¬†“As any comedian will tell you, the most poignant comedy comes from pain. And no one knows this better than a service member with a life-changing injury.”

Update, August 2016: The documentary Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor was released in 2013. Here’s a video intro:

Michael Friedman, LMSW, Huffington Post: “All of these veterans might have slipped into despair, as many veterans do. Major depressive disorder, PTSD, substance abuse disorders, and suicide are unfortunately prevalent among veterans. Several of the comedians tell us that they still live with PTSD. Having a sense of humor, they all say, is what saves them.”

Jessica Zack, San Francisco Chronicle: “With its unflinching look at the wounds of war, and emphatic message that pain is a comedian’s best friend, ‘Comedy Warriors’ provides a message of hope for injured service members who have just begun their rehabilitative journey or for anyone who is suffering a trauma or setback.”

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