Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, John Oliver, Seth Meyers, Ray Romano and Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti lead the lineup for the ninth annual Stand Up for Heroes, scheduled for November 10th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event – which honors military veterans and raises awareness and funds for the Bob Woodruff Foundation – will also feature performances from other "surprise guests," according to a statement.
Tickets for Stand Up for Heroes are on sale today via the Bob Woodruff Foundation and New York Comedy Festival websites, while corporate sponsor and VIP benefit packages are also available to purchase.
Stand Up for Heroes – which is supported by Veterans on Wall Street, GFI Group and the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation – aims to "create long-lasting, positive outcomes for our nation’s injured veterans, service members and their families, by finding, funding and shaping initiatives that enrich the lives of these heroes."
"Despite their wounds, veterans are returning home looking for their next challenge, to make a true difference in their communities – sometimes, they just need a helping hand – and events like Stand Up for Heroes help us do that," Bob Woodruff says in a statement.
The 2015 Stand Up for Heroes will be the third held at Madison Square Garden, following stints at Town Hall and the Beacon Theater. The event has expanded across its eight-year run, recruiting comedians like Stephen Colbert, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan, Ricky Gervais, Conan O'Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart and Robin Williams – and raising over $27 million for injured service members and their families. Last year's wide-ranging installment featured a five-song acoustic set from Springsteen and a raucous set from Louis C.K.
The event will kick off this year's New York Comedy Festival, which runs November 10th through the 15th at venues across the city. The festival will feature over 60 shows from comics including Sarah Silverman, David Steinberg, Bill Maher, Bill Burr, Margaret Cho, Billy Crystal, Nathan Fielder, Norm Macdonald and Trevor Noah.