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.)”
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.
Thanks to everybody who has already donated to our IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign to help pay for the cost of the event! If you haven’t yet, there are a bunch of rewards including passes to the show, t-shirts, a limited edition Hatch Show Print & other wacky stuff. Buy up that stuff before it’s all gone, otherwise you’ll regret it forever and ever.
If you have already donated to our IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign to help pay for the cost of the event, our thanks go out to you. If you haven’t yet, then our “THANKS FOR NOTHING”s go out to you! There are a bunch of rewards including passes to the show, t-shirts, a limited edition Hatch Show Print & other wonderful things including spots on the show. Buy up that stuff while you still can.. before cruel fate inevitably takes everything you love away from you forever.
NashvilleStandUp.com Launches crowd-funding campaign to cover costs of live show & filmed documentary
NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 17, 2015 — NashvilleStandUp.com announced today its intention to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for “LONGEST STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW – MULTIPLE COMEDIANS” during the Wild West Comedy Festival in April.
Beginning 6:30pm April 12, 2015, at The East Room in Nashville, Tennessee, the Nashville StandUp comedy scene will begin making comedy history while creating as many opportunities for stage time for as many comedians as possible during Nashville’s popular comedy festival. The current Guinness World Record for this category is 80 hours and was achieved by comedians at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood December 6-9, 2010. That show included 170 different acts by 150 comedians.
Nashville StandUp will not only break the 3.3 day / 80 hour record, it will continue through the entire duration of the Wild West Comedy Festival, and conclude on April 19th. That’s 8 days, 192 non-stop hours of stand-up comedy featuring hundreds of talented comedians from as many locations as possible.
The brainchild of Nashville-based comic DJ Buckley, this Guinness World Records’ breaking show will begin and end with The East Room’s weekly “Spiffy Squirrel comedy show” with Chad Riden on Sunday nights at 6:30. The show will also feature Corporate Juggernaut’s regular Tuesday night “ULTIMATE COMEDY” open mic, as well as other shows-within-the-show. The non-stop 192 hour schedule will feature showcases, feature-length and headliner-length sets and surprise drop-ins from comedians of various levels of fame and fortune AND infamy and misfortune.
NashvilleStandUp.com launched an IndieGoGo crowd-funding campaign to help pay for the cost of the event, including the Guinness World Records’ fees. The campaign site includes stretch goals such as live-streaming the entire event online and the production of a documentary. Perks available to donors include VIP passes to the show, special silk screened show t-shirts, limited edition Hatch Show Print show posters, even chances to perform on stage and be included in the Guinness World Records’ listing.
Nashville StandUp is a 509(a)(2) Public Charity with a mission to cultivate and promote middle Tennessee’s growing stand-up comedy scene and the Nashville-based comedians that help make it a success. Chad Riden has served as Nashville StandUp’s “Grand Poobah” since 2001, but is more commonly known as “America’s Favorite Comedian Of All Time” by the teeming masses of loyal comedy fans.