8:30pm Tuesday, July 10 on TV One
Comedian Mike King, veteran of the New Zealand stand-up scene, ventures off the comedy circuit into the heart of war-torn Afghanistan to entertain the Kiwi troops. Whilst raising the troops’ morale, Mike is also confronted with the realties of the war in this eye-opening journey.
Mike witnesses a Santa Parade at Bagram Airbase, where US soldiers dress up as elves and reindeer in body armour and rocket launchers, and visits the site of a Russian tank graveyard where things unexpectedly start coming to life.
In the ruined capital, Kabul, Mike comes across the old bombed-out palace belonging to the former Afghan Queen, and, sitting on the ‘royal throne’, he reflects on the decades of war this nation has endured.
It’s a journey like no other as Mike weighs up the contributions of the New Zealand forces in this difficult and dangerous deployment. He is struck by the dedication of our forces far from home, in a small patch of Kiwi soil that lies in the shadow of war.
But before Mike has completed his ‘tour of duty’, he finds himself in the firing line when a dangerous situation during a comedy set brings the laughs to a dramatic halt.