Fall in and laugh at the commander-in-chief

Central Station | 9 Nov 2017

Top comedians raised money for military veterans at a raucous night in New York's Madison Square Garden, with many shots at commander-in-chief Donald Trump.

Brit funny man John Oliver was bang on target early on with a volley: "Falling in love with America right now is like falling in love with a girl who's throwing up all over herself. You hold her hair back and say, 'Let it all out. You just made a mistake, that's all.'"

The annual Stand Up for Heroes event is co-presented by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival. It opens the festival and raises money for the Woodruff Foundation, which helps injured vets. It is named for the ABC news anchor injured in Iraq in 2006 and has raised US$40 million (HK$311 million).

So Jon Stewart marveled at the fact 10-15 percent of Barack Obama supporters voted for Trump, asking: "How do you even get there? It's like a guy who's like, 'It didn't work out with my girlfriend so now I'm going out with a toaster.'"

Trevor Noah was conflicted: "I wake up terrified most days that he's president of the most powerful nation in the world. But I must admit I wake up every day knowing he's going to make me laugh."

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