Comedy Bootcamp: Military Vets Find Healing Power in Laughter

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — In a nondescript community meeting room at Georgetown University, 10 veterans were sent back to boot camp — comedy boot camp, that is.

As if transitioning back to civilian life isn’t challenging enough, these current and former service men and women have taken on a new challenge: learning to perform stand-up comedy in front of a live audience.

“It’s terrifying. It’s terrifying,” said Marine Corps veteran Michael Garvey with a laugh. Garvey served two tours of combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This has been a really incredible group to work with because it’s incredibly diverse,” Sam Pressler, founder of …read more