An Inattention to Detail: A Comedian Lobs Jokes in Iraq

An Inattention to Detail: A Comedian Lobs Jokes in Iraq

by nathan timmel
     
 

On August 31, 2010, President Obama addressed the nation. He declared combat missions in Iraq over and announced a troop drawdown would begin. One day later, comedian Nathan Timmel boarded a plane as a part of the first group of entertainers to enter the war-torn country under this new 'mission.'

Telling jokes to soldiers who face death every day is a…  See more details below

Overview

On August 31, 2010, President Obama addressed the nation. He declared combat missions in Iraq over and announced a troop drawdown would begin. One day later, comedian Nathan Timmel boarded a plane as a part of the first group of entertainers to enter the war-torn country under this new 'mission.'

Telling jokes to soldiers who face death every day is a different kind of performance - no stages, microphones, or spotlights. Rec rooms, dining facilities, and courtyards become performance spaces, and comedians use their best stage voice to tell their stories without the benefit of a P.A. system. All the while, armed escorts scan the perimeter for signs of danger.

A most notable�and unfortunate�difference is: when playing a comedy club in America, you don�t tour the local emergency room and receive information about the customer who died there last week. While being shown a medical facility outside Basra, however, that�s exactly what happened. A quiet moment that brought home the true cost of war.

Thought-provoking, sentimental, and an unflinching critique of a seemingly lazy mainstream media, An Inattention to Detail is a reflection on the unique responsibility of delivering punch lines to those who need laughter the most.

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Website - Angela E.
Always fun to get inside someone else's head. Even better when they've done thing you can only imagine. Another good, quick read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016620060
Publisher:
KLSP Publishing
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
274 KB

Meet the Author

Nathan Timmel has been writing since he could scribble using crayons. As a comedian, he has 2 CDs in rotation on Sirius/XM radio, and has appeared on The Bob & Tom Show. Ten Days in the Desert, Nathan�s story of his first Iraqi tour, in 2004, was published in full by the military newspaper Stars & Stripes.

Nathan currently lives in Iowa with his wife Lydia, kitty (a gender-confused fur ball named Simon), his doggy (named �Kitty�), and his beautiful daughter, Hillary (born on his wedding anniversary. Neat, eh?). He is an avid fan of Billy and the Boingers, and enjoys a fine pair of pants.

Nathan is the author of: I Was a White Knight... Once, Touched by Anything But an Angel, and The Four Legged Perspective: One Dog�s Take on Burp Rags and Baby Sisters.

Please visit www.nathantimmel.com for anything and everything Nathan-related, except naked pictures. Those are available for only $19.95 a month on his alternate website, www.engorged...

You know what? Never mind. Just visit nathantimmel.com.

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