Post show thank you note from Chad Riden

2016 final group photo

2016 final group photo

THANK YOU to each and every one of you who came and watched, worked and performed at #BrokenRecordShow vol. 2.

We started at 5am May 15th and ran non-stop through 4:01pm May 24th. That’s 227 hours and 1 minute (I think) total. I broke the show a couple times and we’ll actually get credit for 184 hours and 21 minutes by GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS rules. So we did exactly what we said we’d do and then some.. but most of all, we created stage time for comics and a fun experience for everybody. Ben Kronberg said, “It was the most unique legit special comedy experience I’ve probably ever had.” I hope you feel the same way.

One idiot can’t do this alone but 10 can. I’m sure glad we had more people around than that, though. No way this show could have happened without each and every one of you. I said my thank you’s during my last set but I really don’t remember much of it and probably left some people out. I’ve slept pretty consistently since Tuesday and finally feel like I’m just now getting back to normal.

I’m not sure what normal is any more and part of that is thanks to DJ Buckley. DJ dreamed up this thing and helped pull together the team to make it happen. Make sure you thank him for everything he did.

Mary Jay Berger coordinated all of the volunteers and handled their scheduling and most of the ‘front office’ type paperwork that made the show work. If it wasn’t for her, this would have been a failure.

I’ve spent the last four months pretty much working on this show full time, and I’m proud to say that the work isn’t coming to an end any time soon. I’m producing a documentary about the show and I could use your help. If you were at #BrokenRecordShow – performing, working or watching, I would like to interview you about your experiences on film. Contact me and set up a time to meet/interview or contact me for the guidelines for self-filming a post-show interview on your phone.

So many people helped – on stage and off, it’d be tough to name each person. Just know that you are appreciated and loved and we’re proud to call you a friend of Nashville comedy. Nashville StandUp would also like to offer you thank you letters for your charitable contribution to the event for tax purposes. Message me to get the ball rolling on that.

If you didn’t get a show shirt or letterpress show print from Angel Bomb, let me know. Volunteers and comics get one of each for free and the rest will be available to buy at shows and online at NashvilleStandUp.com.

Speaking of our wonderful sponsors, let’s thank them:

The East Room is the epicenter for independent, alternative comedy in Nashville. At some point I was at my house getting a shower and texted Mary Jay to tell her I was on my way back to the show and said, “I’m on my way home” meaning The East Room. Maybe I was sleep-deprived and delirious, but The East Room WAS home to a lot of us for over a week. None of this could have happened without Ben Jones and his support for what we’re doing. The biggest stumbling block for anyone trying to run an event like this would be finding a venue that was available and accommodating for 8-10 days. We are extremely lucky to have someone so supportive. Bartenders Nate & Kirin pulled long shifts to cover a 10-day long show and even took time to build a secondary stage for us outside. That’s insane. I can’t wait to do more outdoor shows there.

Wild West Comedy Festival / Outback Concerts / Zanies really embraced what we were doing and did everything they could to support us – they put a full page ad in their program book, added us to their website, provided audio equipment, sent us big name special guest comedians, promoted us on social media, paid for our laminates to be made and did a ton of other things I’m probably forgetting. As soon as Brian Dorfman heard about what we were doing he was on board and offering up help and advice and ideas. Nashville has been a great town to see live comedy for decades because of him. Dorf also landed us our biggest sponsor, SiriusXM. Thank him next time you see him.

SiriusXM recorded the show for broadcast and did some promotion as well. This will lead to passive, recurring revenue for many comics who could really use the money and exposure. Thank them for giving us such an amazing opportunity.

Plum Flower Software is the Franklin-based app/mobile/web developer that made the Broken Record Show iOS/Android app and helped us with our website. Not only did they support us financially and with countless man-hours creating cool tech for us, but Lauren O’Meara also volunteered and was at The East Room pulling shifts as an Independent Witness every day. If you need any nerd stuff done, hit them up and if you need a supportive comedy fan, holy crap – you’ve found one.

Angel Bomb design / letterpress did an amazing job creating a unique show print for us. Everybody loves it. They hand craft every item they make and you can feel the workmanship that goes into every single thing they do. I’m so proud to have such a fine piece of art that so many people will proudly hang on their wall to commemorate this show.

Nashville Improv company supported us financially and by being at the show! It’s one thing to cut a check, but these guys were here, laughing at us and posting photos online and being a part of this crazy thing. It’s nice to know that Nashville’s comedy community is so supportive of each other. Stop in and see their shows whenever you can.

DO615 promoted #BrokenRecordShow and brought out many people who otherwise wouldn’t have heard about us! Their show listings and ticket giveaways are an asset to anybody looking for entertainment options and we’re glad they were back on board this year as a sponsor.

WXNA-FM goes on the air in Nashville at 101.5 FM and streaming online around the world very soon. WXNA is a listener-supported, independent radio station with a freeform radio format. Look at their schedule and you’ll find something you like. Wednesdays from 1-2pm, you’ll see “Nashville StandUp Sits Down” which will feature live standup clips (many from #BrokenRecordShow), interviews and news about Nashville comedy. Be sure to tune in.

The Comedy Gym is Bo Shuster’s comedy workshop. He’s being pro-active, creating stage time and writing opportunities for Nashville Comics and we’re proud to count him as a sponsor.

Third Coast Comedy Club has an ambitious plan to create a new venue for all forms of comedy in Nashville – improv, sketch, theatre, stand-up, you name it. I’ve been in their new space in Marathon Village and can tell you that it’ll be unbelievably cool. I can’t wait to see shows there.

Corporate Juggernaut has been producing quality live comedy shows in Nashville for years. We were glad to have the “Gathering of the Juggelos” during #BrokenRecordShow and look forward to every show they put together.. they’re always fun.

Bongo Java has the best coffee in town, hands down, and they provided us with the good stuff for FREE Wednesday morning. That was pretty cool. Go thank them in person at any of their locations around town.

Chuck Anderson is a Nashville-based comic but he’s also an entrepreneur who is launching the “Death From A Bun” catering / food truck. Friday night he was set up in front of The East Room serving us red wine lacquered pork belly w/ curry pickled fennel, tonkatsu & spring onion AND Miso cured tofu w/ pomegranate salsa, charred and pickled scallion & noki shoga. I don’t even know what all of that is but I ate it and it was delicious.

Dino’s Bar and Grill has the best burgers in East Nashville and the most laid-back atmosphere for drinks and a great meal. They fed the comics their amazing burgers one night and it was just the greatest thing that ever happened to me. Dino’s has been the home to KAMiKAZE KiTTEN Comedy Show w/ Chad Riden and Friends the 2nd Wednesday of every month for about three years now and if you’ve had their burger you know why. Holy crap. Go see them any time you’re hungry, but especially when we’re doing a show.

Mad Donna’s fed the comics one night with their famous Habanero Mac & Cheese! So great. So wonderful. The MD Loft upstairs also features some of the best indie comedy shows around town, including Mary Jay Berger’s “Flying With Jaybird” showcase the third Wednesday of every month. Go have lunch or see a show and tell them we sent you.

Speaking of wonderful shows around town, SPiFFY SQUiRREL comedy show is exactly like #BrokenRecordShow except it’s 90 minutes long every Sunday night at 6:30pm at The East Room. We’d love to see you at our weekly little Broken Record reunion event whenever you can be there.

TN Flyers is my personal squirrel guy. Southern Flying Squirrels are the greatest pets. They’re nocturnal, so they’ll just sleep in your shirt pocket all day and be adorable and hand out snuggles. At night, they do acrobatics and flips and glide around and they’re just a delight. They’re sweet and loving and a lot of fun.

ComedyNews.Org has the latest comedy news, interviews, reviews and stuff. They’re wonderful people and have always supported and spread the word about Nashville comedy.

ComedyPodcast.com was the first comedy podcast network when it launched in 2005, and they’re still hosting some really funny shows! They’ll be the home of the newly revived Nashville StandUp podcast as soon as WXNA is on the air.

NashvilleStandUp.com lists shows around town and posts news and info about the local scene and the comics with Nashville ties who continue to make middle Tennessee proud both here and around the world. I gotta say, these guys are just the best.

Lastly I’d like to thank our oldest sponsor, FRESCA carbonated grapefruit beverage. Through thick and thin, FRESCA has been there sponsoring everything Nashville StandUp has done for the last 16 years. Say it loud, say it proud: FRESCA! THAT’S GOOD DRINKIN’!
Let’s play a little game:

Were you at #BrokenRecordShow? BASE SCORE: 100

+10 for every hour you sat in the audience and watched the show

+10 for every 15 minutes you were on stage telling jokes

+10 for every hour you worked the front door

+10 for every hour you bartended

+10 for every hour you emcee’d

+10 for every hour you hung up fliers / posters around town

+40 for every shift you pulled as an Independent Witness

-50 for every time Chad Riden yelled at you

+50 for every time you brought the comics food

+50 for every time you used Ye Olde Fuck Palace

-50 if you ever brought any outside food or drinks to The East Room

+20 for every time you “happy handshaked” a comic

-20 for every time you farted inside The East Room

+20 for every person you brought to the show who otherwise wouldn’t have known

+10 for every social media post you made where you tagged #BrokenRecordShow Nashville StandUp and/or The East Room

+10 for every photo you took at the show and then posted online

WHAT’S YOUR SCORE?

 

Thank you for being at the show. That means more to me than anything else. I hope to see you at Spiffy Squirrel every Sunday at The East Room and the other shows around town AND I hope to see you at #BrokenRecordShow 2017.

xxxooo,

Chad Riden

2016 Comedian Lineup

2016 #BrokenRecordShow comedians scheduled to perform May 15-23 at The East Room

NashvilleStandUp.com's #BrokenRecordShow vol. 2 - May 15-23, 2016 at The East Room in Nashville, Tennessee. 8+ days of 24-hours-a-day non-stop stand-up comedy.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 3, 2016 —

Nashville StandUp Announces Comedians Scheduled To Perform On World Record Breaking #BrokenRecordShow

Beginning at 5am on Sunday, May 15th, 2016, Nashville StandUp will attempt to top it’s own GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for “LONGEST STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW – MULTIPLE COMEDIANS” at The East Room in Nashville, TN.. by five minutes.

Nashville StandUp’s first “Broken Record Comedy 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, setting the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title at 184 hours, 16 minutes. The show featured about 100 comedians, including surprise celebrity guest sets from Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre, Rory Scovel, Nate Bargatze, Luis J. Gomez, Keith Alberstadt, Jon Reep, Ahmed Ahmed and Killer Beaz.

The previous 80-hour record had been held by the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, CA, for a show which ran December 6-9, 2010. By more than doubling the previous record, #BrokenRecordShow’s non-stop stand up comedy marathon put Nashville into the record books of comedy history. A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title Adjudicator was on site to certify the attempt as an official world record on Wednesday April 15th at 8pm.. but the show continued until Monday, April 20th, at 4:20am. Hundreds of people attended the event and even more watched online. The successful attempt was covered by local and international media outlets, mentioned in countless social media posts and has already become a thing of legend.

#BrokenRecordShow vol. 2’s non-stop 8+ day schedule will feature showcases, feature-length, and headliner-length sets, and will include surprise drop-ins from comedians of various levels of fame and fortune AND infamy and misfortune. 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.”

The comedians currently scheduled to perform May 15-23 at The East Room as part of #BrokenRecordShow vol. 2 are: Ian Abramson, Ahmed Ahmed, Sarah Albritton, Nick Alexander, Dan Alten, Chuck Anderson, Sammy Anzer, Emma Arnold, Mo Arora, Jeffrey Baldinger, Nate Bargatze, Brian Bates, Lila Mae Bear, Mark Bentley, Mary Jay Berger, Keith Bergman, Stef Bright, DJ Buckley, Brett Cantrell, Jamie Carbone, Josh Carter, Jesse Case, Cliff Cash, Andre Churchwell, Katrina Coleman, Ashley Corby, Wes Corwin, Joe Coughlin, Brian Covington, Jonathan Craig, Chris Crofton, Patrick Cunningham, Bryce Damuth, Billy Wayne Davis, Joe Derosa, Patrick Devine, David Dial, Dwayne Duke, Scott Eason, Brad Edwards, Ku Egenti, Benny Elbows, Max Fine, Gary Fletcher, Fray Forde, Megan Gailey, John Gibson, Kyle Gillis, Doug Gillon, Andrew Ginsburg, Carter Glascock, Derek Graff, Ross Hamilton, Michael Hampton, Jordan Hargis, Rob Haynes, Jake Head, Brad Hinderliter, Hannah Hogan, Stewart Huff, Brandon Ijames, Josh Inocalla, Jordan Jensen, Katherine Jessup, Myq Kaplan, Joe Kelley, Ryan King, Ben Kronberg, Josh Lewis, Danny Limor, Kristen Lundberg, Todd Masterson, Josh Mclane, Monty Mitchell, Narado Moore, Leslie Nash, Tim Northern, Tommy Oler, Sean Parrott, Alex Poloskey, Zach Pugh, Curtis Rambo, Jc Ratliff, Jon Reep, Mark Reilly, Chris Rex, Topher Riddle, Chad Riden, Hunter Roberts, Rik Roberts, Dave Ross, Dick Satori, Brad Sativa, Ben Sawyer, Brent Schmidt, Rory Scovel, Kate Sedgwick, Jim Seward, Bo Shuster, Tom Simmons, Dusty Slay, Jen O’neil Smith, Kate Spellman, Eric Steele, Owen Straw, Daniel Swinney, Geoff Tate, Matthew Tate, Sara Tiana, Kent Tucker, Josh Wagner, Patrick Wallace, Aaron Weber, Dan Whitehurst, Danny Whitson, Joel Wilson, Mike Winfield, Will Wininger, Josh Wolf, Pete Wolynec, Dave Yates and many surprise celebrity drop-ins, which will be announced on Nashville StandUp & #BrokenRecordShow’s social media accounts.

The brainchild of Nashville-based comic DJ Buckley, this record-breaking show is being co-produced by Nashville-based comedian Chad Riden, The East Room’s Ben Jones and comedian Mary Jay Berger.

“This show is the best thing I’ve ever done, and if it never stopped I’d be fine with it,” says D.J. Buckley. “Last year, I got to see a lot of funny comics and great people come together to work on something none of us could have accomplished by ourselves, and I think this year will be even better since we actually know what we’re doing this time.”

“It’s the greatest dumbest thing we’ve ever done twice,” Chad Riden smirks. “If you asked me that old guidance counselor question, ‘if you could do anything in the world, what would you rather be doing right now?’ the answer would always be ‘a stand-up comedy show.’ We figured out a way to be able to do comedy all day, every day and it was a dream come true. I’ve missed the first show ever since we ended it and I’m really excited to be doing it again. Maybe this time we just won’t ever stop. Nobody can ever beat our record if our show never ends.”

“Breaking our own record this year is an attempt to further show the legitimacy of the comics in Nashville,” says The East Room’s Ben Jones. “To break the record by a mere 5 minutes is to compete with the absurdity of last year’s successful attempt to more than double the previous record.”

Tickets are on sale now. One Day Passes are available for $10, All Access Passes, allowing comedy fans to come and go throughout the entire show all week long are available for $60. VIP Passes allowing fans access to reserved seating and include an official show t-shirt and letterpress show print are also available for $100.

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.

RELATED LINKS:
http://www.brokenrecordshow.com
http://www.NashvilleStandUp.com

http://twitter.com/BrokenRecordSho
http://twitter.com/NashvilleComedy
http://twitter.com/nsup

https://www.facebook.com/BrokenRecordShow/
https://www.facebook.com/nashvillestandup/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1503498183286050/

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NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 2, 2015 —

Nashville StandUp Now Accepting Submissions From Comics Wishing To Perform On World Record Breaking #BrokenRecordShow

Beginning at 11:59am on Sunday, May 15th, 2016, Nashville StandUp will attempt to top it’s own GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for “LONGEST STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW – MULTIPLE COMEDIANS” at The East Room in Nashville, TN.

Any comedians who meet GUINNESS’ professional requirements are now welcome to submit an application to perform online at BrokenRecordShow.com.

Nashville StandUp’s first “Broken Record Comedy Show” ran non-stop at The East Room in Nashville, Tennessee from Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 12:04pm to Monday, April 20 at 4:20am, setting the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title at 184 hours, 16 minutes. The show, which kicked off with show idea man DJ Buckley and concluded with Nashville Standup’s Chad Riden, also featured about 100 other comedians from all over the country, including surprise celebrity guest sets from nationally-touring artists such as Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre, Rory Scovel, Nate Bargatze, Luis J. Gomez, Keith Alberstadt, Jon Reep, Ahmed Ahmed and Killer Beaz.

The previous 80-hour record was previously held by the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, CA, for a show which ran December 6-9, 2010. By more than doubling the previous record, #BrokenRecordShow’s non-stop stand up comedy marathon put Nashville into the record books of comedy history. A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title Adjudicator was on site to certify the attempt as an official world record on Wednesday April 15th at 8pm, but the show continued until Monday, April 20th, at 4:20am. Hundreds of people attended the event and even more watched online. The successful attempt was covered by local and international media outlets and has already become a thing of legend.

The brainchild of Nashville-based comic DJ Buckley, this record-breaking show is being co-produced by Nashville-based comedian Chad Riden, The East Room’s Ben Jones and comedian Mary Jay Berger.

“This show is the best thing I’ve ever done, and if it never stopped I’d be fine with it,” says D.J. Buckley. “Last year, I got to see a lot of funny comics and great people come together to work on something none of us could have accomplished by ourselves, and I think this year will be even better since we actually know what we’re doing this time.”

“It’s the greatest dumbest thing we’ve ever done twice,” Chad Riden smirks. “If you asked me that old guidance counselor question, ‘if you could do anything in the world, what would you rather be doing right now?’ the answer would always be ‘a stand-up comedy show.’ We figured out a way to be able to do comedy all day, every day and it was a dream come true. I’ve missed the first show ever since we ended it and I’m really excited to be doing it again. Maybe this time we just won’t ever stop. Nobody can ever beat our record if our show never ends.”

“Breaking our own record this year is an attempt to further show the legitimacy of the comics in Nashville,” says The East Room’s Ben Jones. “To break the record by a mere 5 minutes is to compete with the absurdity of last year’s successful attempt to more than double the previous record.”

Tickets are on sale now at special early bird prices. One Day Passes are available for $10, All Access Passes, allowing comedy fans to come and go for the duration of the show are currently available for $40, and VIP Passes, which include reserved seating, an official show t-shirt, and Broken Record letterpress, are available for a limited time at $80.

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.

RELATED LINKS:
http://www.brokenrecordshow.com
http://www.NashvilleStandUp.com

We’re going to break our own GUINNESS WORLD RECORD by five minutes May 15-23, 2016

#BrokenRecordShow 2016 promo image

#BrokenRecordShow vol. 2 - May 15-23, 2016 at The East Room.

Beginning at 5am on Sunday, May 15th, 2016, Nashville StandUp will attempt to top it’s own GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for “LONGEST STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW – MULTIPLE COMEDIANS” at The East Room in Nashville, TN.. by five minutes.

Nashville StandUp’s first “Broken Record Comedy 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, setting the new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title at 184 hours, 16 minutes. The show featured about 100 comedians, including surprise celebrity guest sets from Hannibal Buress, Eric Andre, Rory Scovel, Nate Bargatze, Luis J. Gomez, Keith Alberstadt, Jon Reep, Ahmed Ahmed and Killer Beaz.

The previous 80-hour record had been held by the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, CA, for a show which ran December 6-9, 2010. By more than doubling the previous record, #BrokenRecordShow’s non-stop stand up comedy marathon put Nashville into the record books of comedy history. A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title Adjudicator was on site to certify the attempt as an official world record on Wednesday April 15th at 8pm.. but the show kept going until Monday, April 20th, at 4:20am. Hundreds of people attended the event and even more watched online. The successful attempt was covered by many local and international media outlets and mentioned in countless social media posts. It was the greatest, dumbest thing we ever did.. and we’re going to do it again.

#BrokenRecordShow vol. 2’s non-stop 8+ day schedule will feature showcases, feature-length, and headliner-length sets, and will include surprise drop-ins from comedians of various levels of fame and fortune AND infamy and misfortune. The brainchild of Nashville-based comic DJ Buckley, this record-breaking show is being co-produced by Nashville-based comedian Chad Riden and The East Room’s Ben Jones.

Be a part of history.. again. Tickets are on sale NOW at special EARLY BIRD prices. Here’s the Facebook event, the Facebook fan pages for BrokenRecordShow & NSUP and the twitter accounts are @BrokenRecordSho & @NSUP.

It’s the greatest dumbest thing we’ve ever done twice.

“This show is the best thing I’ve ever done, and if it never stopped I’d be fine with it. Last year, I got to see a lot of funny comics and great people come together to work on something none of us could have accomplished by ourselves, and I think this year will be even better since we actually know what we’re doing this time.”

– D.J. Buckley is a lovable goofball who loves telling jokes and pushing limits

“If you asked me that old guidance counselor question, ‘if you could do anything in the world, what would you rather be doing right now?’ the answer would always be ‘a stand-up comedy show.’ We figured out a way to be able to do comedy all day, every day and it was a dream come true. I’ve missed the first showever since we ended it and I’m really excited to be doing it again. Maybe this time we just won’t ever stop. Nobody can ever beat our record if our show never ends.

The celebrity guest drop-ins are always exciting but watching young comics evolve is magical. The only way to develop as a comic is by getting stage time, and this show provides plenty of it. Last year, some comics took that opportunity and made incredible use of it. Personally, I logged about 30 hours on stage over the course of eight days. Most touring comics would take at least 5-6 weeks to do those kinds of numbers. It was crazy to see young comics who had previously thought they weren’t capable of doing a 30 minute set hone and pace themselves and master doing a half hour. You could see the comics who really put in the work develop right in front of you and grow so comfortable on stage that they were able to throw away the constraints of pre-written bits and totally improvise for hours and be funnier than they’ve ever been before.”

– Chad Riden is America’s Favorite Comedian Of All Time

“Breaking our own record this year is an attempt to further show the legitimacy of the comics in Nashville. To break the record by a mere 5 minutes is to compete with the absurdity of last year’s successful attempt to more than double the previous record.”

– Ben Jones, The East Room

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.

GUINNESS WORLD RECORD holder DJ Buckley, being carried around The East Room, April 15, 2015. PHOTO: Erika Chambers
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD holder DJ Buckley, being carried around The East Room, April 15, 2015.
PHOTO: Erika Chambers

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). PHOTO: Jamie Hernandez
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.