Comic Strip Live Marathon: Postscript

Several weeks after the record-setting 50-hour stand-up comedy show at the Comic Strip Live in New York City, readers and comedians still have questions for me about it. So why not address that now. Especially since I just saw William Stephenson over the weekend hosting for Greg Proops at Comix, and Stephenson put forth a herculean effort himself by hosting the world record show (even if he did take two naps while comics were onstage). So. Yes. Answers. First off, yes, I was there for the entire 50 hours and stayed awake for at least 49 hours and 55 minutes (there were two moments during the second night-turns-to-morning when my eyelids closed, and I shook myself awake, then had to get up and walk around). Stephenson took two naps of 20-minutes each on a mattress in the club’s basement but otherwise was there for the duration. A few other club staffers hung around for the duration. If you really want to know, I didn’t change my clothes, but did have toothpaste, a toothbrush and deodorant to keep my vital parts from going bad. I also didn’t leave my blogging perch for the first seven hours and 15 minutes of the marathon before getting up for the bathroom or anything really, because I wanted to at least equal whatever silly record Dane Cook or Dave Chappelle had for staying onstage at one time. Red Bull was a sponsor of the event, and according to my notes, I drank seven in the first 24 hours of the marathon, spaced out fairly well (I think?), but things took a turn during that point around hour 36 when my eyes were failing me, at which point I began running around and chugging two, maybe three Red Bulls in a row. Not a good idea. After I calmed down and my body remembered how to function properly, it was mostly willpower and adrenaline to the finale.

Which also reminds me…after the jump, I’ve got a video I hadn’t posted before showing me and Stephenson on the sidewalk minutes after the big finale. Also, for the curious, since I did stay for the entire show and document it and all, I’ve got a complete timeline of comedians who took part in the record-setting show. Enjoy!

William Stephenson and I really should not be awake, nor in front of my video camera for this:

Here, then, was your lineup for the World Record 50-hour stand-up comedy show, June 3-5, 2008, at Comic Strip Live in New York City:

June 3, 8:30 p.m., William Stephenson

8:48 p.m., Gregg Rogell

9:12 p.m., Joe Matarese

9:33 p.m., Wali Collins

9:58 p.m., Chuck Nice

10:30 p.m., Judy Gold

10:56 p.m., Jeff Ross

11:48 p.m., Judah Friedlander

June 4, 12:14 a.m., Jim David

12:38 a.m., Dean Edwards

1:01 a.m., Kevin Brennan

1:25 a.m., Al Ducharme

1:51 a.m., Pat Dixon

2:18 a.m., Marina Franklin

2:42 a.m., Jon Fisch

3:05 a.m., Bernadette Pauley

3:28 a.m., Mike P. Burton

3:50 a.m., Dave Attell

4:16 a.m., Ricardo Aleman

4:39 a.m., Kevin Downey Jr.

5:02 a.m., Brian McFadden

5:24 a.m., Rachel Feinstein

5:46 a.m., Paul Mecurio

6:11 a.m., Tim Young

6:35 a.m., Jason Andors

7 a.m., Barry Weintraub

7:23 a.m., Tom Shillue

7:46 a.m., Lee Camp

8:09 a.m., Tom Ryan

8:33 a.m., Ted Alexandro

8:56 a.m., Jon Fisch

9:18 a.m., Kevin Flynn

9:41 a.m., Marina Franklin

10:04 a.m., Sherry Davey

10:26 a.m., Pete Dominick

10:48 a.m., Gina Brillon

11:10 a.m., Karen Bergreen

11:51 a.m., Dan Ahdoot

12:32 p.m., Tina Giorgi

12:55 p.m., Al Ducharme

1:18 p.m., Vinnie Brand

2:05 p.m., Christian Finnegan

2:48 p.m., Kevin Brennan

3:33 p.m., Joe DeRosa

4:04 p.m., Buddy Bolton

4:46 p.m., Marion Grodin

5:10 p.m., Bill Santiago

5:34 p.m., Karith Foster

6:19 p.m., Steven Scott

6:46 p.m., Becky Donohue

7:11 p.m., Paul Mecurio

7:37 p.m., Lisa Landry

8 p.m., Ray Ellin

8:36 p.m., Tim Young

8:58 p.m., Gary Gulman

9:22 p.m., Marina Franklin

9:46 p.m., Wali Collins

10:09 p.m., Mike Birbiglia

10:49 p.m., Jeffrey Ross

11:39 p.m., Rob Magnotti

June 5, 12:01 a.m., Chuck Nice

12:27 a.m., Ben Bailey

12:52 a.m., Sherrod Small

1:16 a.m., Tony Rock

1:40 a.m., Laurie Kilmartin

2:06 a.m., Tom Van Horn

2:28 a.m., Christian Finnegan

2:50 a.m., Mike DeStefano

3:17 a.m., Tom E.

3:43 a.m., Tom Ryan

4:06 a.m., Mike Vecchione

4:31 a.m., Erik Rivera

4:54 a.m., Jay Oakerson

5:19 a.m., Brian McFadden

5:44 a.m., Gina Brillon

6:08 a.m., Ryan Hamilton

6:32 a.m., Ray Ellin

6:55 a.m., Moody McCarthy

7:27 a.m., Al Ducharme

7:53 a.m., Tom Shillue

8:24 a.m., Carmen Lynch

8:48 a.m., Pat Dixon

9:16 a.m., Lee Camp

9:37 a.m., Dan Ahdoot

9:58 a.m., Bernadette Pauley

10:20 a.m., Ruperto Vanderpool

10:48 a.m., Tommy Savitt

11:05 a.m., Eric Deskin

11:30 a.m., Vinnie Brand

12:14 p.m., Tina Giorgi

12:39 p.m., Dan Naturman

1:01 p.m., Karen Bergreen

1:24 p.m., Tom Ryan

1:45 p.m., Erik Rivera

2:07 p.m., Gary Gulman

2:29 p.m., Marc Theobald

3:12 p.m., Mike Vecchione

3:37 p.m., Tom Van Horn

4 p.m., DF Sweedler

4:23 p.m., Angelo Lozada

4:45 p.m., Bernadette Pauley

5:08 p.m., Robert Kelly

5:40 p.m., Bill Santiago

6:05 p.m., Kerri Louise

6:28 p.m., Steven Scott

6:53 p.m., Cory Kahaney

7:16 p.m., Jim David

7:42 p.m., Erik Rivera

8:05 p.m., Eddie Brill

8:33 p.m., Christian Finnegan

8:59 p.m., Lisa Landry

9:31 p.m., Ted Alexandro

9:54 p.m., Rich Vos

10:12 p.m., Judah Friedlander

bonus comedian Greg Giraldo followed the ceremonial presentation from the Guinness World Record folks and the show finally ended at 10:50 p.m., June 5

Sean L. McCarthy

Editor and publisher since 2007, when he was named New York's Funniest Reporter. Former newspaper reporter at the New York Daily News, Boston Herald and smaller dailies and community papers across America. Loves comedy so much he founded this site.

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