The award-winning documentary “Comedy Warriors: Healing With Humor,” created by two Saratoga Springs residents, is airing on TV this month on the Showtime cable channel.
Directed and produced by John Wager and produced by Ray Reo, the film follows five military veterans with severe injuries as they learn to write and perform stand-up comedy based on their experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The veterans were coached by professional comedians, including Lewis Black, Zach Galifianakis, B.J. Novak and Bob Saget.
The documentary will air on Showtime at 9:30 p.m. today; 12:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20; 4:35 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 21; 1:35 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22; and at 4:15 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 29.
It is also available on Showtime Anytime (www.showtimeanytime.com) through Jan. 29.
“Comedy Warriors,” which includes scenes of the veterans at Albany International Airport and in Saratoga Springs, premiered in April at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, where it won the Jury Award for Best Documentary and the Golden Palm Award.
The film made its Saratoga Springs debut in the summer when it was screened at Skidmore College.
“Our initial goal was to get ‘Comedy Warriors’ on TV in hopes it could raise awareness of what these brave vets are going through,” Wager told The Gazette.
“We are so happy and moved to get such warm and heartfelt feedback from so many people who have seen the film. We’re open to seeing what that leads to and how we can use the film and its message to uplift more people and get them out of their dark places.”
Wager is founder of Galileo Media Arts in Saratoga Springs; Reo is a former Hollywood talent manager and talent company executive.
For more information on “Comedy Warriors: Healing With Humor,” visit www.comedywarriors.com.