Day: June 3, 2008

Comic Strip Marathon: Post #4 Hour 3 of 50

Judy Gold gets dismayed by all of the foreigners in the crowd, but only because it’s making her work harder for her crowd work. She plows through nevertheless. Gold tells a joke about seeing an Asian baby…with Asian parents…as comedian Esther Ku (as seen on this year’s Last Comic Standing) approaches my corner. Kismet! Two brothers sit down and please Gold by telling her they’re from Short Hills, NJ. They please me when they say they heard about this show from Time Out magazine. Bing bong! Stephenson vows to host the entire 50 hours. Will we both make it for the duration? Jeffrey Ross is taping an hourlong Comedy Central special this Saturday at The Borgata in Atlantic City (and my friends at Comedy Central Insider inform us that you can save $15 online by using the promo code ROASTMASTER), so he’ll be ready to shoulder the load for a while as we approach the three-hour mark in this adventure. He opens with a solid zinger. "How about a hand for all of the comedians who won’t be showing up…Chris Rock (audience laughs)…Jerry Seinfeld (more laughs)." But he hits a roadblock trying to engage the Guinness record watcher/verifier in the audience. Instead, the Guinness guy says, "On with the show!" To which Ross replies, "OK, well I guess I’ll just f$%& myself, then." He does, however, get on with...

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Comic Strip Marathon: Post #3 Scotch, please!

The energy in the room is hot. Thank Joe Matarese and Wali Collins for that. They knocked down 46 minutes between them talking about relationships and explaining New York City to the out-of-towners in the crowd. I’m mostly focused on how that first Red Bull is still hitting me. And now the 10 o’clock hour is going strong with Chuck Nice, who you may know best as host of The Sizzler segment on VH1’s Best Week Ever. "Welcome to the comedy gang bang!" Nice exclaims. He jokes that to get through these days and nights, we’ll need a lot of meth. Really, though, he just wants some liquor. He wonders if he can order an Amstel Light from the stage. Yes. Yes, he can. "Can I get a scotch, too?" he asks. He might as well, as a black guy, he says he must have a scotch, too. "It’s like peanut butter without the jelly!" As I type this, Nice is bumping and jumping and screaming onstage, describing the loud girl in a group you see out at night. The audience is liking this. It is 10:14 p.m., so far into what could be my own best week ever. Time will...

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Comic Strip Marathon: Post #2 Gregg Rogell

8:48 p.m. Stephenson introduces the first comedian to the stage. It’s Gregg Rogell: "It’s good to be here. I was a little late today…I got hit by a crane." Too soon? Nope. Just right. Especially in this neighborhood. But then Rogell makes a joke about Hillary Clinton not leaving the presidential campaign…that joke is about to expire in...

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Comic Strip Marathon: Post #1 And so it begins…

People have filed in and filled the club. It starts with a technical glitch in the booth, then fanfare, then host William Stephenson. So far, except for Stephenson saying something upfront about the record attempt (explaining his casual wardrobe and the Red Bull fridge onstage), it seems like just about any regular comedy club show. With me here in the side balcony corner, we’ve got Las Vegas Weekly’s Julie Seabaugh, blogging for Time Out NY, and a reporter from The Sun. Stephenson told me he’ll also me keeping notes on a Facebook group devoted to the effort. This is a 50-hour show, but since I’ve already been up for 11 hours, this is officially a 61-hour marathon for me. Oh. My. If any medical journals want to monitor me for the impacts of Red Bull on a malnourished and fatigued body, you know where to find me. "This is going to be a long f$%&ing 50 hours!" Stephenson just told the audience. You’re telling...

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Live from the Comic Strip Live: It’s my comedy blogging marathon!

Hey, readers! I finally resolved my Internet issues here at the Comic Strip Live, still very tired, weary, a bit sweaty and about to embark on something that several people have suggested could not be done, while millions more are thinking should not be done. Can man live on laughter alone? OK. How about laughter, Red Bull and a free breakfast or two? Yes. That’s right. As I mentioned earlier (and wrote about in this week’s Time Out NY), the Comic Strip Live on New York’s Upper East Side will mount a 50-hour marathon stand-up showcase, designed to get the club and its participating comedians in the Guinness World Records. In writing the advance for this, I jokingly suggested that I should see the whole shebang. Within a minute, I realized this idea was just ridiculous enough that I needed to do this. Consider it an act of utter foolishness. Consider it a test of the stamina of one’s sense of humor. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. tonight and won’t end until 10:30 p.m. Thursday. If you want to chat and keep me alert in the wee hours, I should be on gchat as thecomicscomic and on AIM as seanlmccarthy. Inventory: One laptop with AC cord and Ethernet access. One toothbrush. One tube of toothpaste. One can of body spray. One digital camera. One video camera. One pad...

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