Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and More Perform at ‘Stand Up for Heroes’ Benefit

by Taylor Cunningham

On November 8th, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and Jim Gaffigan will join a list of musicians and comedians who will perform at the 15th annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit. The event supports wounded service members and their families through the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

ABC News anchor, Bob Woodruff, started Stand Up for Heroes in 2006 after he was injured in Iraq. Woodruff was reporting for World News Tonight when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle. The attack left the journalist with a life-threatening brain injury.

The military flew Woodruff to the Naval Hospital in Bethesda, MD, where he received world-class medical care. But he continues to suffer from a TBI (traumatic brain injury) and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). The experience led Bob and his family to form the Bob Woodruff Foundation because he wanted to be sure soldiers received the same medical care that he did. The charity supports wounded service members as long as they need it.

“Our military community sacrifices so much for their fellow citizens. They have earned our enduring respect, and more importantly, our support,” said Woodruff. “For 15 years, that has been the inspiration behind Stand Up for Heroes – an evening to honor, celebrate, and take action in support of our veterans and their families. The performances will be incredible, but my favorite part of the show is sharing the stories of our heroes.”

13 Year Stand Up for Heroes Veteran Bruce Springsteen Will Headline at New York’s Lincoln Center

Bruce Springsteen will be the night’s headliner. He is a 13 year veteran of the annual charity. The only show he missed was in 2017 when he was busy with Springsteen on Broadway. In past years, the Born in the U.S.A. singer has auctioned a motorcycle, served his mom’s lasagne, and told “dirty” jokes.

As always, Woodruff will host the event with the help of the New York Comedy Festival. In 2020, the show streamed virtually because of COVID concerns. But the performers will take the stage in front of a live crowd again at Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

“We are very proud to continue our partnership with the Bob Woodruff Foundation and Stand Up for Heroes and are thrilled to be back together with a live, in-person audience after having to go virtual last year due to the pandemic,” said Caroline Hirsch of the New York Comedy Festival. “We’re honored to continue celebrating our heroes with this very special night of live comedy and music that serves as a reminder that now more than ever, we must keep these brave men and women who defend our freedoms top of mind.”