An Inattention to Detail: A Comedian Lobs Jokes in Iraq

An Inattention to Detail: A Comedian Lobs Jokes in Iraq

by nathan timmel

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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 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.

Product Details

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

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

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