On November 6 at the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation brought together stars of comedy and music to honor some true American heroes. The guests of honor: veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wounded in action and their families. These servicemen and women have defended our country halfway around the globe in the post-9/11 era of terrorism. The fighting is not war in the traditional sense and the enemy is determined and crafty in their zeal to inflict as many casualties as possible. No one is more aware of the type of fighting our soldiers are engaged in than ABC Network News correspondent Bob Woodruff, who while embedded with U.S. infantry in Iraq in 2006, was gravely injured by a roadside bomb nearly costing him his life. After a long miraculous recovery Woodruff returned to the air in 2007. Since then the Bob Woodruff Foundation has been in the vanguard raising money and building awareness to the plight of veterans returning home from the war suffering from injury both physical and psychological.
#InTheLab was on the Red Carpet for the event where host Arthur Kade had the opportunity to speak with Bob and his wife Lee Woodruff, comedian Jim Gaffigan, New York club owner and comedy mainstay Caroline Hirsch, television personalities Julie Chen and Chris Cuomo, actress America Ferrara, and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and iconic Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters. Each of these luminaries share their deeply personal reasons for their support of this event and the Foundation and the important work it does in support of our wounded warriors.