Magooby's sets new comedy record

81 straight hours of stand-up breaks mark set by L.A. club

  • 98 Rock's Mickey Cucchiella closes the 81 hour stand-up comedy marathon at Magooby's Joke House.
98 Rock's Mickey Cucchiella closes the 81 hour stand-up… (Colby Ware, Baltimore Sun )
January 21, 2011|By Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun

More than 81 hours after it began, the stand-up comedy marathon at Magooby's Joke House ended late Thursday night after setting a new world record for longest continuous stand-up comedy show.

"It's time for sleep now," an exhausted but clearly elated Andrew Unger, the owner of Magooby's, said after the record was broken during an appearance by 98-Rock's Mickey Cucchiella.

"I am very, very proud of what you all accomplished," he added to a standing ovation from the packed house.

Cucchiella ended the comedy rantings with his version of events the night Jesus was born, including Joseph's incredulity over finding a fully-booked inn in Bethlehem. "Who gets a hotel room Christmas Eve?" an exasperated Joseph asks.

Unger had lined up some 80 comics to take part in the marathon, which began at the Timonium comedy club at 2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17. The mic at Magooby's was turned off shortly before midnight Thursday, following 81 hours, 13 minutes and 57 seconds of near-continuous comedy. The old mark of 80 hours had been set in December at Los Angeles' The Laugh Factory.

Proceeds from the marathon, which Magooby's billed as its "Really, Really Really Long Comedy Show," will be donated to the Special Olympics. Unger did not have an exact figure as of Thursday afternoon, but estimated the show had raised at least $8,000 in donations from the audience. That figure does not include a donation of $25,000 from Aerotek staffing and the profits from food and drink sales, which Magooby's also plans on giving to Special Olympics.

chris.kaltenbach@baltsun.com

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