THE NEW YORK COMEDY FESTIVAL AND BOB WOODRUFF FOUNDATION PRESENT THE 13th ANNUAL STAND UP FOR HEROES
Ronny Chieng, Hasan Minhaj, John Oliver, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and Special Guests Take the Stage to Honor Our Nation’s Veterans at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 4 at 8:00 p.m.
Stand Up for Heroes is presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and the New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) and is brought to you by Veterans on Wall Street, supported by founding sponsor GFI Group Inc., and Craig Newmark Philanthropies.
The unique evening of comedy and music to raise funds and awareness in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation and kicks off the New York Comedy Festival, which runs from November 4 through November 10, taking place at New York’s most prestigious venues and featuring performances from over 200 comedians in more than 100 shows across the city. Beyond the laughs, the evening will feature inspiring moments, memorable surprises, and stories of resilience while recognizing the men and women who have served in our nation’s military.
In 2007, New York Comedy Festival founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox partnered with Bob and Lee Woodruff to create this special event as a tribute to wounded, ill, and injured veterans and their loved ones. To date, SUFH has raised more than $50 million for the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s mission to ensure that veterans, service members and their families thrive in the next chapter of their lives.
“Even after 13 years of Stand Up for Heroes, the event continues to inspire our audience and our nation,” said Bob Woodruff, ABC News correspondent and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “We can’t forget that these brave individuals stand up to serve in our military, and we need to show our support by standing up for them in return.”
“The New York Comedy Festival is extremely proud to continue to partner with the Bob Woodruff Foundation to present Stand Up for Heroes,” said Caroline Hirsch, Founder of the New York Comedy Festival and Carolines on Broadway, and Board Member of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “This special event continues to bring joy and laughter to the extraordinary veterans who have risked their lives for our country. It is a humbling feeling to provide support for veterans and their families.”
For over a decade, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has been a change-maker in the veteran space, forging partnerships and uniting leaders at the highest levels of government, military, business and philanthropy. Since its start, BWF has invested more than $65 million to find, fund and shape the most innovative programs supporting our heroes, touching the lives of veterans and their families across the country. In 2018, the foundation awarded $5 million in grants to best-in-class programs nationwide.
“To improve the quality of services across the military-veteran community, we invest in programs and partnerships that identify and fill gaps in services to address the most urgent and emerging needs of our veterans and military families,” said Anne Marie Dougherty, Chief Executive Officer of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “This event is a special opportunity to celebrate and connect with the veterans and families that our foundation is dedicated to supporting.”
SUFH has seen immense talent over the past 12 years, including comedians and performers such as Tony Bennett, Jimmy Car, Eric Church, Stephen Colbert, Jim Gaffigan, Ricky Gervais, Whoopi Goldberg, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Ray Romano and Robin Williams.
The NYCF is produced by Carolines on Broadway and is made possible by its partners: Citi, ABC 7, iHeart Radio, Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment, New York Magazine, New York Post, SiriusXM Radio, Variety and Vulture.