Act" is a feature length "home video" that captures a rare
and intimate look into the early days of the American occupation of Iraq
through the eyes of a stand-up comedian, Jeffrey Ross. Armed
with nothing but some jokes and a camcorder, The Friars Club Roastmaster
shoots his own life-changing experience entertaining battle weary G.I.'s
stationed in some of the most dangerous and remote parts of the Sunni
Inspired by the passing of U.S.O. perennial Bob Hope, Ross travels to Iraq along with six other comics (Kathy Kinney, Blake Clark, Kyle Dunnigan, Andres Frenandez, Rocky Laporte and Larry Gelbart) led by sitcom star and former marine Drew Carey. Along the way, this "Iraq Pack" carries out a secret itinerary from base to base and meets thousands of American G.I.'s. Between performances, their heavily fortified hotel is struck by a mortar attack and an army medic treats Jeff for a common soldier malady described as "Saddam's Revenge".
Jeff's five-day adventure is inter-cut with occasional pep talks from former Bob Hope writer and the genius behind TV's M*A*S*H, Larry Gelbart. Other highlights include Jeff sitting on Saddam's thrown and sharing a holiday meal with Jewish soldiers celebrating Rosh Hashanah in Saddam's Birthday Palace. Extremely rare aerial views of Iraq's major hot spots, candid conversations with G.I.'s, and intimate backstage footage of the comedians all come together to create a very personal "home video" that is both funny and revealing.
In light of all the bad news coming out of Iraq, this film offers a rare pat on the back to the men and women of the military who are braving their immense challenges with spirit and a sense of humor.
Since my return home it has become increasingly dangerous for entertainers to travel around Iraq. Therefore I believe my footage will also serve as an historical snapshot of the early days of the American occupation there.
I also feel that this film offers a glimpse of hope into an otherwise complex, difficult, and often sad situation. It is my intention to use this film to help raise money and create awareness for veteran's causes. We all say we support the troops - but we rarely do anything to back that up. Hopefully this film will give me and others that chance.
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