Stand Up for Heroes brought the funny, the serious, and some music on Monday night to the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The evening, which serves as the kick off to Carolines on Broadway’s New York Comedy Festival, included stand-up from Seth Meyers, Jimmy Carr, Jim Gaffigan, and Jon Stewart, as well as a performances by Bruce Springsteen and Eric Church.

Now in its 14th year, the event benefits the Bob Woodruff Foundation, a veterans support organization started by journalist Bob Woodruff and his wife, Lee, after he was wounded in Iraq.

This year’s tally? $500,000.

Gaffigan said everyone who comes to perform or support the event “is here for the right reason — there are not two sides here and that’s very important, particularly in this day and age.”

“It’s a humbling and amazing experience,” added Carr shortly after, insisting he was not nervous, despite being the first British import to perform there. “At least not until you asked about it,” he said, his voice rising in mock fear. (Carr spent several days prior at the Comedy Cellar testing material for an American audience.)


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