Thursday, June 20, 2024

(Watch) Red Hot Chili Peppers Fill in for Bruce Springsteen at Annual Stand Up for Heroes


Bruce Springsteen has never missed a year helping out Bob and Lee Woodruff with their annual Stand Up for Heroes veterans event.

But this year Bruce was other wise engaged. You know, he’s on Broadway. So the Red Hot Chili Peppers stood in for him and rocked the crowd at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

The event is produced by Andrew Fox and Caroline Hirsch of Caroline’s Comedy Club to kick off New York Comedy Week. So there were plenty of comics on hand, from John Stewart and John Oliver to Trevor Noah. The subject, invariably, was Donald Trump. And the vets as well as the audience loved it.

Other performers included Hasan Minhaj, John Mulaney, and Conan O’Brien.

In the audience: ABC’s Martha Raddatz, Hamilton’s Leslie Odom Jr., “Baby Driver” star Ansel Elgort, and actress Kate Bosworth.

I stopped “House of Cards” actor Michael Kelley before he hit the red carpet. “So you’re on hiatus,” I said. He gave me a look that could kill, right out of Francis Underwood’s playbook. Ouch!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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