Comic Strip Live to set Guinness World Record for the 'Longest Stand Up Comedy Show'
Submitted by: Rising Sun PR
New York, NY (OPENPRESS) February 14, 2008 -- Starting on Tuesday June 3rd at 8:30 pm and ending on Thursday, June 5th at 10:30 pm, the renowned Comic Strip Live Comedy Club (www.comicstriplive.com) will set the Guinness World Record for the Longest Stand Up Comedy Show. For 50 continuous hours, there will be laughter without end.
"Nothing like this has ever been attempted in modern history," said Club Manager and Booker Josh Ravitz. "For over 30 years, Comic Strip Live set the bar for the industry and have been the launching pad for the biggest stars in comedy. This is a one in a lifetime event that will test and push the limit of the spirit of laughter."
Audiences can expect over 200 professional stand up comedians to grace the stage. Some rising stars with just a few years of solid NYC club experience and many with credits from shows like CBS's "Late Show with Letterman", NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno", Comedy Central Presents and HBO's Comedy Hour. All taking place on the stage where Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Lisa Lampanelli, Eddie Murphy and many other great stars earned their wings. In addition, Comic Strip Live has offered an open invitation to Dave Chappelle & Dane Cook to finally settle their "longest individual stage time" competition during Comic Strip Live's 50-hour world record show. Chappelle currently holds the record at six and a half hours, while Cook trails hot on his heels.
For the entire 50 hours of the world record attempt, there will always be a professional comedian on stage, an audience, club & wait staff, independent witnesses and, of course, non-stop laughs. On each of the three nights (June 3-5) from 8:30pm to approximately 10:30pm, Comic Strip Live will still have their regular weeknight all pro stand up shows as part of the record. Outside of those times, and while setting the record, no alcohol or food will be sold, no admission will be charged and audience members can stop by whenever they want, for as long as they want to watch comedy while being treated to a bevy of free bagels, cookies, donuts, coffee, sodas, energy drinks and energy bars.
For those comedy-aholics who wish to attend the entire 50-hour marathon, Comic Strip Live will be awarding audience members gold medal replicas, a certificate of accomplishment (bragging rights to grand kids), and also a year's worth of free admission to the Comic Strip for them and one guest.
In addition to setting the world record, this event will also allow the Comic Strip to raise money for a worthy cause (charity name TBA soon). Similar to a walk-a-thon, (this one is more like a "laugh-a-thon") comedians will solicit donations by getting sponsors/friends to contribute a dollar for every minute they are on stage. The club itself will also approach companies about donating snacks and drinks for the event and/or sponsoring large blocks of time within the entire 50-hour show. The Comic Strip's goal is to raise $50,000. 100% of the monetary donations received will be donated to the selected charity. This is just one of a long list of philanthropic fundraisers the club has done since 1976."
For more information about the Comic Strip Live's Guinness World Record, please call Ryan McCormick at (516) 901-1103. For more information about the club, please call (212) 861-9386 or visit: www.comicstriplive.com
About Comic Strip Live:
Recently voted AOL Cityguide's Best NYC Comedy Club. Established in 1976, Comic Strip Live (aka The Comic Strip) is the longest running showcase comedy club in the country. It has launched the careers of Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Lisa Lampanelli, Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, Paul Reiser and several other superstars of laughter. Shows run seven nights a week and feature today's hottest comedians. Comic Strip Live is located at 1568 Second Ave (bet 81st - 82nd Streets), New York, NY. For more information, please visit: www.comicstriplive.com
About Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records, known until 2000 as The Guinness Book of Records (and in previous U.S. editions The Guinness Book of World Records), is a reference book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of world records, both human achievements and the extreme of the natural world. The book itself holds a world record, as the best-selling copyrighted series. The book has gone on to become a record breaker in its own right. With sales of more than 100 million copies in 100 different countries and 24 languages, Guinness World Records™ is the world's best ever selling copyright book.
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