September 24, 2012
source: New York Post
An impressive lineup of comedy heroes - Robin Williams, Jon Stewart and Ricky Gervais among them - are gearing up to perform for real-life heroes: troops who've returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Bruce Springsteen will also perform at the sixth annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit Nov. 8 at the Beacon Theatre.
Tickets for the show, part of the New York Comedy Festival, aren't cheap - $250 to $5,000 - with proceeds benefiting the Bob Woodruff Foundation. Some 150 free tickets will go to injured veterans and their caregivers.
"This show raises close to $3 million a year," Hirsch says. "We have a low overhead, so almost every cent goes to the foundation."
Woodruff, the ABC News reporter injured in 2006 while embedded with troops in Iraq, has been instrumental in raising money for vets with physical and psychological wounds.
"Comedy is a great way to provide relief for these service members who face incredible challenges when they come home from combat," Woodruff tells The Post. "We always reserve the first three rows for men and women in uniform. We pay for them to come. For many of them, it's their first time in the city."
This year's all-star bill also includes Patton Oswalt, best known for "Young Adult" and "Big Fan," and Mike Birbiglia of "Sleepwalk With Me." And surprises are guaranteed
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