Conan O'Brien, Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah Set for 2017 Stand Up for Heroes Comedy Benefit
This year, the event will include a $500,000 donation to support veteran organizations affected by recent disasters.
The annual Stand Up for Heroes comedy benefit for wounded veterans will be back for its 11th edition this November, with Conan O'Brien, Trevor Noah and regular Jon Stewart among the notable performers ready to take the stage.
Other comedians set for this year's Stand Up for Heroes include Noah's Daily Show colleague Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney and John Oliver, who's performed at multiple past editions of the benefit. Stewart has performed at the Madison Square Garden event for years and O'Brien at past iterations of the annual benefit but not for a few years. Previous performers have included Seth Meyers, Ray Romano, Chris Botti, Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais, Brian Regan and Robin Williams.
The event, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, has raised more than $40 million since it began in 2007 to help injured service members and their families.
“Stand Up for Heroes is an opportunity for us all to put aside our differences and honor those who have, and continue to sacrifice so much for all of us,” Woodruff said in a statement. “The power of coming together is even clearer as we reflect on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma where we were proud to see veterans stepping up as a force for good amid tragedy.”
Said NYCF and Carolines on Broadway founder Caroline Hirsch, who serves on the board of the Bob Woodruff Foundation: “We are honored to present Stand Up for Heroes for the 11th year with the Bob Woodruff Foundation, and to celebrate our nation’s heroes in such a special way. Stand Up for Heroes is a chance to unite our community to provide support to the incredible individuals who have helped to protect our country. Nothing would be possible without the time and dedication from the performers and the generous supporters over the years.”
This year Stand Up for Heroes will be donating up to $500,000 to support veteran organizations affected by recent disasters, including a $300,000 commitment to veteran-led disaster relief organization Team Rubicon.
"Hurricane Harvey will undoubtedly be Team Rubicon's largest operation to date, and Irma was not far behind, but the veterans and disaster responders among our ranks are built to serve," Team Rubicon CEO and co-founder Jake Wood said in a statement. "Thanks to the continued support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation, we're able to empower our nation's best to tackle the worst."
Stand Up for Heroes will take place Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.