Comedy Bootcamp is the first stand-up comedy class for veterans, service members, and military family members. Led by professional comedians, the seven-week course develops the comedy writing and performing skills of participants through hands-on instruction and group feedback. Classes culminate with a graduation show at The Drafthouse Comedy Theater, with each student delivering a five-minute set to friends, family, and supporters from the DC area. These shows, which typically sell out, provide an engaging outlet to hear the authentic and hilarious voices of our area's veterans and military family members. This particular Comedy Bootcamp Summer 2017 class has been in collaboration with the US Department of Veteran Affairs.