“I was talking to comedian Billy Wayne Davis last year about where he was in his career after having done comedy for over a decade and he said, “I knew my path was going to take a little longer.” That self-awareness comes from the knowledge that as a Tennessee born-and-raised comic with the accent to prove it, juxtaposed with a big picture progressive outlook on the world’s most vexing issues, he would have an uphill battle to do the kind of comedy he wanted to do, especially in his current home of Los Angeles. In the course of his unconventionally persistent career he’s done Last Comic Standing, WTF, and a freedom-based road trip documentary with Morgan Spurlock for CMT. Recently he added another unique feather to his comedy cap: the full-length album Billy Wayne Davis Live at Third Man Records. Recording a comedy album in one take, directly to vinyl, is a rare experience for a comic in the digital age. I talked to Davis about the process of recording at Nashville’s Third Man Records, avoiding pandering, and his plans for 2017.”
Chad Riden loves hot food, especially Nashville hot chicken. A buddy tagged him on a facebook post advertising an eating competition in Franklin, TN and Riden had nothing planned for that night so he went. Turns out, he won.. and CBS This Morning happened to be there filming as snot ran down his nose and people around him vomited. “I almost died in this video,” says Chad. “If you pause it at 3:01 you’ll see a wounded animal, barely holding on to life.”
Riden runs a monthly stand-up comedy show in Nashville called “Comedy Cataclysm” where comics eat hot chicken and then attempt to tell jokes. The next one is December 17th at Third Coast Comedy Club and features a special headlining set from musician Mishka Shubaly.
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.