Red Hot Chili Peppers to Perform at Stand Up for Heroes

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and New York Comedy Festival (NYCF) announced today that the Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform at this year’s Stand Up for Heroes (SUFH) benefit, which supports injured veterans and their families. The band joins a line-up of comedians including Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver and Jon Stewart. The 11th annual celebration will take place Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

One of the most successful acts in rock history, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which is singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards, including “Best Rock Album” for Stadium Arcadium, “Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group” for “Dani California,” “Best Rock Song” for “Scar Tissue,” and “Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal” for “Give It Away.” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ last studio album, The Getaway, was released by Warner Bros. Records on June 17, 2016.

Stand Up for Heroes is presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival (NYCF), and is brought to you by Veterans on Wall Street, supported by founding sponsor GFI Group Inc., the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation and the Craig Newmark Foundation. Since its inception in 2007, the event has raised over $40 million for veterans. This year, SUFH will be donating up to $500,000 from the event to support veteran organizations affected by recent disasters.

“The Red Hot Chili Peppers bring so much energy to the stage and are one of my favorite bands. We’re humbled that they’re joining us at Stand Up for Heroes to honor those who’ve served,” said Bob Woodruff, ABC News correspondent and co-founder of the Bob Woodruff Foundation. “The Chili Peppers, along with the comedians, will make this night incredibly impactful—not only for those veterans sitting in the front rows, but for many more across the country, who will be empowered by the awareness and funds raised during the event.”

Over the past ten years, Stand Up For Heroes has featured performances by Tony Bennett, Chris Botti, Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Elvis Costello, Jim Gaffigan, Ricky Gervais, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, Conan O’Brien, John Oliver, Brian Regan, Ray Romano, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart and Robin Williams—all taking the stage to advocate for our extraordinary service members.

A limited amount of tickets are available for Stand Up for Heroes through, or For those unable to attend, an online auction offers a variety of high-end experiences and items for bid. Corporate sponsor packages and VIP benefit packages can be purchased by emailing

Stand Up for Heroes kicks off the New York Comedy Festival, which runs Nov. 7-12, and takes place at venues throughout New York City. More than 200 comedians will perform at the festival this year–including 2 Dope Queens, Samantha Bee, Cedric the Entertainer, Vir Das, Chris Hardwick, “How Did This Get Made?” podcast, truTV’s “The Impractical Jokers Starring The Tenderloins,” Jon Lovett’s “Lovett or Leave It” podcast, Jo Koy, Bill Maher, Tracy Morgan, Jim Norton, Conan O’Brien, Nick Offerman, Brian Regan, Tom Segura, Iliza Shlesinger, Kevin Smith and Ron White – in over 60 shows at New York City venues such as the Beacon Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Carolines on Broadway, BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Madison Square Garden, The Theater at MSG, NYU Skirball Center and Town Hall.

Additional Stand Up for Heroes sponsors include: Barclays, BASF Corporation, Brixmor Property Group, Citi, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Jack Daniel’s, JetBlue, L3 Technologies, National Geographic, Oliver Wyman, Prudential, Thomson Reuters, Toyota Motor North America, UBS Americas and Wells Fargo.


Stand Up for Heroes launched in 2007 as the brainchild of Bob and Lee Woodruff and New York Comedy Festival founders Caroline Hirsch and Andrew Fox and is one of New York’s most anticipated nights of hope, healing and laughter, honoring our nation’s injured veterans and their families. Since its inception in 2007, SUFH has raised more than $40 million to create long-lasting, positive outcomes for our nation’s injured veterans, service members and their families. Stand Up for Heroes continues to expand and grow due to its remarkable success. Beginning at Town Hall, the event moved to the Beacon Theater in 2010, and to the Theater at Madison Square Garden in 2013. Over the past ten years, comedians and performers including Chris Botti, Louis C.K., Stephen Colbert, Jim Gaffigan, Ricky Gervais, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, Conan O’Brien, Phillip Phillips, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, Brian Regan, Ray Romano and Robin Williams have taken the stage to advocate for extraordinary service members. Stand Up for Heroes is presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) and the New York Comedy Festival (NYCF).


The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) was founded in 2006 after reporter Bob Woodruff was hit by a roadside bomb while covering the war in Iraq. Since then, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has led an enduring call to action for people to stand up for heroes and meet the emerging and long term-needs of today’s veterans. To date, BWF has invested more than $42 million to find, fund and shape programs that have empowered impacted veterans, service members and their families, across the nation. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter at @Stand4Heroes.


Now in its fourteenth year, the New York Comedy Festival is produced by Carolines on Broadway in association with TBS. The festival has featured the country’s top comedians, including Aziz Ansari, Judd Apatow, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Louis C.K., Margaret Cho, Billy Crystal, Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Kathy Griffin, Kevin Hart, John Leguizamo, Norm Macdonald, Bill Maher, Tig Notaro, Nick Offerman, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, and Wanda Sykes, to name a few. In 2007, the festival launched the “Stand Up for Heroes” event to benefit The Bob Woodruff Foundation, which has featured performances by Louis C.K., Ricky Gervais, John Mayer, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Conan O’Brien, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart, and Robin Williams, among others. To date, the “Stand Up for Heroes” events have raised over $40 million. For more information please visit the NYCF website, like the NYCF Facebook page, and follow the NYCF on Twitter, @NYComedyFest.