Jon Stewart, Pete Davidson Organizing Comedy Event for 9/11 Anniversary to Benefit Charities

by Josh Lanier

Comedians Jon Stewart and Saturday Night Live alum Pete Davidson will put on a benefit show featuring some of the nation’s top comics to raise money for 9/11 charities called NYC Still Rising After 20 Years: A Comedy Celebration.

“We wanted to put on a fun celebration to honor this great city’s resilience,” Stewart and Davidson said in a joint statement. “It’s nice to be able to do this with friends and people we love.”

The Sept. 12 concert at Madison Square Garden will feature some major names in comedy. Along with Davidson and Stewart, Amy Schumer, Bill Burr, Colin Jost, Colin Quinn, Dave Attell, Dave Chappelle, Jay Pharoah, Jimmy Fallon, John Mulaney, Michael Che, Ronny Chieng, Tom Segura and Wanda Sykes will perform, according to Variety.

The money raised through the event will go to 9/11 charities. Pre-sale tickets are available starting on Aug. 11-12 on Ticketmaster. General ticket sales start on Aug. 13.

However, if you plan to attend organizers say you must provide proof you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. And don’t expect to see any video of the event afterward. That’s because MSG officials will take all cameras and all recording devices at the door.

Jon Stewart, Pete Davidson have Close Ties to 9/11

The two organizers of NYC Still Rising After 20 Years: A Comedy Celebration both have very close associations with 9/11.

Pete Davidson’s father, Scott Davidson, was a New York City firefighter with ladder 118. Witnesses last saw them running into Marriott World Trade Center hotel on 9/11. According to reports, the towers fells soon after, demolishing the hotel. All six men on the ladder company died, most within feet of each other.

Davidson has discussed his struggles with mental health issues after his father’s death. In a candid interview with Variety, he explained how 9/11 changed the course of his life.

“I learned what death was,” Davidson told the magazine in 2019. “And you’re not really supposed to learn about that until high school. … To learn how anything can just be taken away from you early gave me this sense of ‘F— it. Whatever, dude.’ I’m able to do stand-up and f— around because hopefully, the worst thing that has ever happened to me happened.”

Jon Stewart, the former host of The Daily Show, has been a champion of Sept. 11 first responders for more than a decade. He made hundreds of trips to Capitol Hill to lobby Congress to fully fund medical care for first responders who breathed in toxic dust while working among the debris. In 2019, his testimony before a Congressional committee went viral after he excoriated members for their lack of inaction in nearly letting the fund lapse.

Jon Stewart has a documentary called No Responders Left Behind about the fight to get first responders help that will premier on Discovery+ September 9.

He is now advocating for American veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq who the military exposed to toxic burn pits.