The longest laugh

Comics stage 53-hour gig

Comics at the Melbourne festival are claiming a world record for the longest ever comedy gig – at 53 hours 11 minutes.

A total of 78 comics took part in the event, with organiser Aaron Keeffe, pictured, hosting the entire show.

The marathon gig, originally pegged to be 48 hours long, started early because the audience turned up at the Exford Hotel ahead the scheduled start time, so the comics decided to begin anyway.

In the end, the show ran from 9.14pm on Wednesday to 12.25am on Saturday, and the comics always performed a genuine audience – even though at 4am on Thursday, Keeffe entertained just one person for 45 minutes.

British acts Dan Willis and Nik Coppin were among those taking part in the gig, which raised £3,300 for charity, thanks to the venue making a donation for every pint sold.

It’s not the only marathon gig to be taking place at the festival, with a 20-hour show celebrating the event’s 20th birthday starting at the Hi-Fi bar at 11.30pm on April 29.

The line-up for this show will include Daniel Kitson, Demetri MartinArj BarkerRhod Gilbert, Jason Byrne and Stephen K Amos.


Published: 16 Apr 2006

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This is the show that celebrated the launch of Nick Helm's album in 2016, and has previously been unseen by anyone who was not in the O2 Forum Kentish Town that night.

With typical hyperbole, the show is described thusly: 'Under-rehearsed, under-prepared and under pressure, Nick and his band somehow managed to pull together the greatest show in the last 27 years of living memory. That show went down as a thing of legend, often spoken about by weary travellers around campfires, but thought to have been lost to the sands of time forever.'

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