The folks over at the Bob Woodruff Foundation, along with New York Comedy Festival founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox, have just announced the initial lineup for this year’s 11th annual Stand Up for Heroes charity event and, surprising no one, the roster is pretty great.
This year’s event, taking place on November 7th at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, will feature Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, John Oliver and a host of to-be-announced surprise guests.
In 2006, ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff was injured by a roadside bomb while traveling with U.S. soldiers as he covered the Iraq War. Seeing the plight of the countless soldiers who endured injuries like his, Bob and his wife Lee started the Bob Woodruff Foundation and teamed up with Hirsch and Fox to launch what has become one of the most anticipated comedy events in New York City: Stand Up for Heroes. The star-studded event features some of comedy’s biggest names as they come out to support our nation’s heroes, and in the 11 years since it began, it has raised over $40 million dollars that have gone directly into veteran support programs.
In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the BWF has also committed to donating up to $500,000 to veterans programs that were adversely affected by the disasters in those areas. “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,” said Bob Woodruff, co-founder of Stand Up for Heroes. “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.”
Stand Up for Heroes is the starting point for the New York Comedy Festival, which will take place from November 7th — 12th at venues across New York City. For tickets, head to either the BWF’s website or the New York Comedy Festival site.