Joel McHale “Excited” to See The Boss

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On the television sitcom "Community" Joel McHale plays the leader of a motley gang of community-college students, but in real life last night he was psyched to meet another top dog  -- The Boss.

“I’m excited about seeing Bruce Springsteen,” said "The Soup" host of one of the evening's performers at the fourth-annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit for American war veterans, kicking off this year’s New York Comedy Festival. Jon Stewart, Jerry Seinfeld, Tony Bennett and Rosie O'Donnell also appeared.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation partnered with the New York Comedy Festival to put on the event, held at the Beacon Theatre on the Upper East Side.

“I think any time you can get anyone out and laughing, it’s a good thing,” McHale said.

While many major stars turned out, McHale said the ones who deserved the most attention were the veterans.

“Injured troops need lifelong care and there needs to be awareness of that and more funding for that,” McHale said. “They have made such an incredible sacrifice that it’s the least we can do.”

And to those who might wonder why it works to mix comedy with such a serious subject, McHale simply said, “Why not?”

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