9 Comedy Records That May Be Tough to Beat
Podaholics Editor Angie Frissore wrote a piece last week from the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal where she witnessed Dave Chappelle break the record for tickets sold. It got me thinking about other records and feats that have been met in comedy.
Here’s a list of 9 achievements that are going to be pretty hard to beat:
1. Longest Comedy Show by an Individual:
April 13th, 2013, comedian David Scott performed for 40 hours and 8 minutes at the Diamond Jo Casino in Dubuque, IA, overtaking comedian Bob Marley’s previous Guinness World Record of 40 hours. According to the rules, the comedian couldn’t repeat the same joke in a 4-hour span, only one 5-minute break every hour, he must stay within an outlined box on the stage, and there must be at least 10 people in the audience at all times.
2. Oldest Comedy Club in the Country:
Opening back in 1960, The Ice House in Pasadena, CA, is the oldest comedy club in the land. A guy by the name of Willard Chilcott opened the club and soon brought on a popular folk musician, Bob Stane. The two ran a thriving folk music club, but more and more comedians would show up and want to perform. In 1978 the club was sold to some business folks who focused on comedy shows and growing the venue. After 53 years, The Ice House has entertained over 4 million people and has been the venue used to record more than 75 live comedy albums.
3. The First Comedy Album:
When the Long-Play record was introduced, the first modern-day comedy recording to be stamped on one was Mort Sahl’s ‘The Future Lies Ahead‘. It was released on Verve Records in 1958.
4. The Planet’s Biggest Selling Standup Comedy Tour
Comedian Peter Kay, one of Britain’s top comedians, put up some astonishing numbers for his latest tour and broke a world record. His Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour… Now on Tour show sold 1,140,798 tickets in 113 arena dates between February 2010 and November 2011. The 39 year-old has reportedly made over $50 million dollars over the last two years due to the tour and DVD sales.
5. Most Comedy Specials:
Kathy Griffin holds the record for the most comedy specials of any comedian. To date she has one half-hour special, seventeen one-hour specials, and one two-hour special.
6. Sold the Most Comedy Albums:
This one isn’t much of a surprise and has held this title for quite a while. Jeff Foxworthy has sold more than 10 million albums. More than Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, or anyone else. His stand-up comedy albums, You Might Be A Redneck If… and Games Rednecks Play went triple platinum. No other comedian in the history of the recording industry has had an album go triple platinum.
7. Longest Stand Up Comedy Show – Multiple Comedians
Beginning at 4:38pm on December 8, 2010 and ending on December 10, 2010 at 10:38pm, LA’s famous Laugh Factory hosted the longest comedy show ever. 130 comedians performed for 80 hours, setting a new Guinness World Record. The legend Dom Irrera was on stage when the old record of 50 hours was broken.
8. Highest Earning Comedy Film – Theatrical Release
Still lauded as one of the best comedy films ever, Eddie Murphy’s Raw maintains the record as the highest grossing comedy concert film ever. Raw, which premiered on December 18, 1987, was shown in 1494 theaters and made $9,077,324 its opening weekend. To date, the film has grossed $50,504,655.
9. The First Comedian to Win a Grammy
Shelley Berman, who famously accused comedian Bob Newhart of ripping off his improvisational telephone routine during an interview on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, won the very first Grammy for a Comedy Album (Spoken Word). The album was Inside Shelley Berman.