Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Louis C.K. Set for 10th Anniversary Stand Up for Heroes
The annual star-studded stand-up comedy benefit for wounded veterans will take place on Nov. 1.
The annual Stand Up for Heroes comedy benefit for wounded veterans has lined up some A-list stars for its 10th anniversary event, set for Nov. 1.
Regular performers Jon Stewart and Bruce Springsteen will be joined by returning performers Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K. and Jim Gaffigan. Stewart has performed at the Madison Square Garden event for years and Springsteen has performed at all Stand Up for Heroes events since its inception, regularly auctioning off guitars. Seinfeld, C.K. and Gaffigan all have performed at past iterations of the annual benefit, but Seinfeld hasn't performed there for at least the past three years.
The event, presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival, has raised more than $33 million since it began in 2007 to help injured service members and their families. Previous performers also have included Seth Meyers, Ray Romano, John Oliver, Chris Botti, Stephen Colbert, Ricky Gervais, Conan O'Brien, Brian Regan and Robin Williams.
“We look forward to Stand Up for Heroes each year not only because it’s grown into New York’s biggest night of comedy and music, but because a decade of laughter has translated into a lifetime of immeasurable support for our nation’s injured heroes,” Woodruff said Monday in a statement. “As we commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11 and the wars that have followed, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that a small percentage of our population stood up for us — it’s now our turn to stand up for them."
Said NYCF and Carolines on Broadway founder Caroline Hirsch: “We could not be more proud to partner with the Bob Woodruff Foundation to celebrate such an incredible milestone as the 10-year anniversary of Stand Up for Heroes. The organization’s remarkable perseverance, passion and contribution to wounded soldiers and their families is outstanding. Nothing would be possible without the time and dedication from all of the performers and supporters of the organization over the years.”
SUFH will kick off the 13th New York Comedy Festival, which is set to run Nov. 1-6 at various venues throughout New York.