Nashville StandUp’s “Broken Record Comedy Show” Shatters Previous GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS Title

Official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ adjudicator Michael Empric presents the framed certificate to Chad Riden (left) and DJ Buckley (center).

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.

Official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ adjudicator Michael Empric  presents the framed certificate to Chad Riden (left) and DJ Buckley (center).
Official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ adjudicator Michael Empric presents the framed certificate to Chad Riden (left) and DJ Buckley (center).
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.

Nate Bargatze on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon April 21, 2015

Nate Bargatze on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon April 21, 2015

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:

Later Nate taped a Web Exclusive for the show, talking about working as a meter-reader & pizza delivery man as he wrote “The Worst Joke I Ever Told”:

Nate Bargatze - Full Time MagicBe sure to tune in to Comedy Central for Nate’s One Hour Special “Full Time Magic” which airs Saturday May 2nd 12/11c. The upcoming album for “Full Time Magic” is available for pre-order on iTunes right now, so get on that. Nate’s 2012 album “Yelled At By A Clown” is also incredible and available and worthy of your dollars.

#BrokenRecordShow ends 184+ hour run at 4:20am April 20, 2015

#BrokenRecordShow started 4/12/2015 12:04pm with D.J. Buckley & ended 4/20 4:20am with Chad Riden.

#BrokenRecordShow started 4/12/2015 12:04pm with D.J. Buckley & ended 4/20 4:20am with Chad Riden.

‪#‎BrokenRecordShow‬ at The East Room featured the best of Nashville’s comedians & even celebrity drop-in sets from Hannibal Buress, Rory Scovel, Al Jackson, Eric Andre, Nate Bargatze, Ahmed Ahmed, Keith Alberstadt, Killer Beaz & Jon Reep. Starting 4/12/2015 12:04pm with D.J. Buckley and ending 4/20 4:20am with Chad Riden, NASHVILLE STANDUP surpassed the previous GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ title of 80 hours for “Longest Stand-up Comedy Show – Multiple Comedians” on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 8:04pm and finished at 184+ hours long at 4:20am on April 20th.

I’ll write more about this later but for now, THANK YOU to Mary Jay Berger, Ben Jones, DJ Buckley, Brian Dorfman, Zanies, Outback Concerts, the Wild West Comedy Festival, Nate Bargatze, the comics who performed and attended the show, the Nashville StandUp volunteers and fans who were there to witness The Greatest Dumbest Thing We’ve Ever Done. I love each and every one of you.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt #BrokenRecordShow hits 48-hour milestone at The East Room

BROKEN RECORD COMEDY SHOW -NashvilleStandUp.com's World Record Attempt: "LONGEST STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW – MULTIPLE COMEDIANS” April 12-19, 2015 at The East Room.

BROKEN RECORD COMEDY SHOW -NashvilleStandUp.com's World Record Attempt: "LONGEST STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW – MULTIPLE COMEDIANS” April 12-19, 2015 at The East Room.

You guys, WE’RE DOING IT.

Beginning noon April 12th, Nashville StandUp began our attempt to take the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for “LONGEST STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW – MULTIPLE COMEDIANS” at The East Room in Nashville, TN.

NewsChannel5 talking to Monty MitchellAs I type this it’s early afternoon Tuesday April 14th. That means the BROKEN RECORD COMEDY SHOW has been going for over 48 hours so far. Unbelievable. We’re having such a great time.
NewsChannel5 talking to Chad Riden
NewsChannel 5 did interviews and shot show footage around noon and a live shot during their 5pm show, helping spread the word.

Jessica WatkinsLast night was incredible. Jessica Watkins is an East Nashville native, now living in NYC and she did an hour telling stories from her walk across the country when she did comedy and avoided being murdered while filming her documentary “Burning Daylight.” Nate BargatzeLouis J Gomez was absolutely hilarious and delightful as he explained how his baby is fifteen times cuter than yours. The house was PACKED for home town boy who done good, Nate Bargatze. A lot of Wild West Comedy Festival people and Zanies staffers supplemented the huge, huge crowd who squeezed in to see Nate. It was pretty awesome.

Ahmed AhmedOur good friend KILLER BEAZ dropped in and did a 30-minute surprise set, followed by Nashville favorite Mike James. Ahmed Ahmed (TBS’ Sullivan & Son, The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour) dropped in to do a fun set where he hilariously woke up a sleepy audience member in the front row. Ahmed is an absolute beast on stage and any comic would hate to have to follow him, but that didn’t stop Zanies co-owner Andrew Dorfman who jumped up to do a very funny set.

Andrew DorfmanThis show is the greatest, dumbest thing we’ve ever done, but it’s also been a lot of fun and cathartic. Nashville comedy has really pulled together to make this a reality. The comics deemed as being ‘professional’ according to GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™’ guidelines (20 paid credits in a comedy club, theatre or bar and at least one year’s experience since their first paid gig), have done shows at all hours of the day and night.

DJ Buckley has not left the building since Sunday morning at 8:30 am. Chad Riden has only left for 2-3 hours each day to sleep and shower at home and run his daughter to and from school. Several comics have slept in The East Room’s fancy new comics’ lounge in the balcony. Many have been here all night. Several Zanies servers spent the entire night helping us make sure we had over 10 people in the audience at all times, saying, “we’re all in this together.” We truly are. The East Room staff, the fans, the volunteers, the comics. It’s really been touching watching everybody work to make this stupid thing happen. THANK YOU.

If you’re in town, STOP IN! ANY TIME. We’re here. If you can’t come by, photographer Jamie Hernendez is documenting the show on her Instagram account. She does incredible work and is here at all hours doing a fantastic job taking photos and posting updates on twitter. We’re also streaming video of the event on YouTube and on our special #BrokenRecordShow site. Go now to see the lineup for the rest of our schedule this week.

ALSO: the BROKEN RECORD Comedy Show is honoring ANY Wild West Comedy Festival tickets as valid tickets for our world record breaking show at The East Room. Any and all WWCF ticket holders need only flash their WWCF2015 ticket stub or laminate to be granted free admission to The East Room with no additional purchase necessary. Hope to see you at the show!

Less than 40 hours left to get early bird prices on World Record Breaking Show tickets & stuff

Guinness World Records' "Longest Stand-up Comedy Show - Multiple Comedians" record breaking show April 12-19, 2015 at The East Room

Guinness World Records' "Longest Stand-up Comedy Show - Multiple Comedians" record breaking show April 12-19, 2015 at The East Room

Nashville StandUp’s “LONGEST STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW – MULTIPLE COMEDIANS” world record attempt is coming up SOON: April 12-19, 2015 during the Wild West Comedy Festival at The East Room in Nashville, TN. Right now there are less than 40 hours left to get early bird prices on tickets & stuff from our IndieGoGo campaign.

First: THANK YOU to everybody who has already donated here or at our fundraiser show at Zanies or in person or online at NashvilleStandUp.com! The money that has already been delivered by IndieGoGo is being put to good use. If you haven’t donated yet, go right ahead with confidence. We have signed a contract with Guinness and this IS happening!

Also, THIS IS GREAT: a group of donors (we’re not at liberty to announce who yet) have pledged to pay whatever expenses we have that are not paid for by this crowd-funding campaign. Even if somehow THAT fell through (extremely unlikely), NASHVILLE STANDUP will pick up the rest of the bills itself out of pocket & hope to make the money back later in merch & ticket sales.

Comics: we’re currently booking time slots on the big show. Our list of comedians already scheduled to appear includes Nate Bargatze, Ralphie May, Billy Wayne Davis and many, many more. If you haven’t yet reserved your spot, GET ON IT. Time is running out. Before you pledge, MAKE SURE YOU QUALIFY! In case you missed our previous update, Guinness World Records rules say:

“All performers must be of a proficient standard. We define this as the comedians having at least 20 professional (paid) credits in a comedy club, theatre or bar and at least one year’s experience since their first paid gig. Evidence to prove this must be presented to the independent witnesses prior to the event and the witnesses must attest to this in their written statements.”

This means that before we can allow you to perform, you must give us a list of qualifying professional dates / shows. Sorry, slackers. Maybe next year.

We’re all very excited about this show & we’re glad you are too. Oh yeah, we’re calling it: BROKEN RECORD Comedy Show. Don’t skip it.

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