Our friend Tony Youngblood wrote a lovely profile of Nashville comedian and musician Sean Parrott which was published in Nashville Arts Magazine. The full interview is available on their website, NashvilleArts.com. Here is an excerpt, where Sean explains how he started becoming interested in performing stand-up:
“I was writing plays in college and looking for a more self-centered way to make people laugh, without all the trouble of sets, costumes and, worst of all, actors. (Don’t trust anyone who wants to lie for a living.)”
Kevin Nealon is doing TWO shows and a meet and greet Friday at City Winery. Nashville StandUp is giving away FIVE pairs of tickets to the late show. Enter to win below.
With his unique sense of humor, profound dry wit and likeable demeanor, Kevin Nealon has established himself as one of the premiere television, theatrical and stand-up comedians of his generation.
As a cast member of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (1986-1995), Kevin is most recognized for the characters he created, including; ‘The Subliminal Man,’ ‘Hans and Franz,’ and anchoring ‘Weekend Update.’
Kevin was recently noted for starring on Showtime’s, Golden Globe winning hit series, “WEEDS.”
Kevin has also taped two one-hour stand up specials, ‘Now Hear Me Out’ and most recently, ‘Whelmed, But Not Overly,’ both now available on DVD and CD.
Nealon, who made his film debut in the 1987 romantic comedy, ‘Roxanne,’ with Steve Martin, has gone on to star in over two dozen comedies, including ‘Happy Gilmore’ and ‘The Wedding Singer,’ both with Adam Sandler, ‘Anger Management’ with Jack Nicholson, ‘Daddy Day Care’ with Eddie Murphy, ‘Grandma’s Boy,’ ‘Just Go With It’ and most currently, ‘Blended,’ with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.
He has published a comedic memoir that chronicles his life and his experience with going through his wife’s pregnancy called, “Yes, You’re Pregnant, But What About Me?”
Kevin currently has a web series on AOL that he is co-producing with Ellen called, ‘Laugh Lessons with Kevin Nealon.’
Raised in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Nealon has a degree in Marketing from Sacred Heart University and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Apr. 23, 2015 — Nashville StandUp’s “Broken Record Comedy Show” ended its 184 hour, 16 minute run at 4:20am April 20, 2015, setting the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for: “LONGEST STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW – MULTIPLE COMEDIANS.”
Labeled as, “The Greatest Dumbest Thing We’ve Ever Done!” The show ran non-stop at The East Room in Nashville, Tennessee, beginning Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 12:04pm with DJ Buckley and ending Monday April 20 at 4:20am with Chad Riden.
The previous 80-hour record had been held by the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, CA, for a show which ran from 6 to 9 December 2010. That show included 170 different acts by 150 comedians.
The 80-hour mark was surpassed on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 8:04pm while DJ Buckley was performing. Official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ adjudicator Michael Empric was on site to announce the new record saying, “I’m so excited to announce that with 80 hours and two minutes, you guys have set a new Guinness World Record!” The standing room only crowd at The East Room erupted into cheers, carrying co-host D.J. Buckley on their shoulders with the framed certificate from GUINNESS raised high above his head.
As the crowd settled down, co-host Chad Riden performed a set, saying he did not want the show to ever end. “If we never stop, nobody can ever beat us unless they already started before we did or we die first.” The show continued through the entire duration of Nashville’s Wild West Comedy Festival, which was conducive to celebrity drop-in sets from Hannibal Buress, Rory Scovel, Al Jackson, Eric Andre, Nate Bargatze, Keith Alberstadt, Ahmed Ahmed, Killer Beaz and Jon Reep.
The show finally began wrapping up Sunday night April 19th as the regularly scheduled weekly SPiFFY SQUiRREL Comedy Show presented the “Bestival of the Festival” showcase featuring stand-out performances from crowd favorites Mary Jay Berger, Brad Edwards, Carter Glascock, Monty Mitchell, Jonathan Craig, Brett Cantrell, Narado Moore, Joe Kelley and Jim Seward.
After an amazing set where Narado Moore improvised unflattering impressions of lackluster out of town guest comics, the marathon show came to an end early Monday morning, April 20th with show producers DJ Buckley and Chad Riden doing their final sets. “I want to do this again next year,” said Riden. “I think we have to. I want to break our own record by five minutes just to show that we know how silly and pointless this all is.” As the official clock neared 4:20 a.m., Riden thanked show co-producers Mary Jay Berger, Ben Jones and DJ Buckley, along with Zanies Comedy Clubs’ Brian Dorfman, comedian Nate Bargatze, the Wild West Comedy Festival, Outback Concerts, the dozens of volunteers who staffed the event, the comics who performed and everybody who was in attendance to a standing ovation before hopping off stage.
Nashville StandUp is a 509(a)(2) Public Charity with a mission to cultivate and promote middle Tennessee’s growing stand up comedy scene by supporting the Nashville-based comedians that help make the Music City a great place to see live comedy.
Our friend Nate Bargatze was on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon again last night! This is the set he was running all week at #BrokenRecordShow at The East Room.. so if you were there this all might be familiar. You can see for yourself that the practice paid off:
Our old friend / Nashville comedy alumni Keith Alberstadt was in town last week, doing shows as part of the Wild West Comedy Festival and Nashville StandUp’s GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS breaking #BrokenRecordShow at The East Room. We were so busy, we forgot to mention that on April 9th, 2015 – just before he came home for the festival – Keith appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers!