I never thought in a million years that I will be to be in the records book. It is funny how things work out. I was able to make the record books twice in one year. I will describe my experiences in both times and share things that I learned in the process.
Maybe there is something in your life that you thought was impossible to do or that others have told you that it was not possible. I hope that this blog post will help encourage you to try something that is new, exciting, and possibly take you out of your comfort zone. For it is when you get into the state of discomfort when the real growth start to begin.
Two guys came up with the idea to attempt the World Record for longest comedy show. These guys are Chad Riden and D.J. Buckley. It started with an appeal for support through Indiegogo. I was one of the supporters that enabled me to have a spot on the show. This is where the first world record starts.
Beginning noon April 12th, Nashville StandUp attempted to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for “LONGEST STAND-UP COMEDY SHOW – MULTIPLE COMEDIANS” at The East Room in Nashville, TN.
This non-stop stand-up comedy marathon was an effort to put Nashville into the record books of comedy history. A GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS’ Adjudicator was on site to certify it as an official new world record on 4/15/2015 at 8:04 pm. They not only broke the previous 3.3 day / 80 hour record, they more than doubled the time of the record. The non-stop schedule featured showcases, feature-length and headliner-length sets and surprise drop-ins from comedians of various levels of fame and fortune.
It was a great opportunity that I learned a great deal amount about comedy.
First was that I had enough comedy material to do an hour which mean I can do 30 min sets easily.
Second was the concept of how a team works in an effort and the different commitment levels.There were people who would stay in the wee hours of the night/day to make sure we had enough people in the audience and/or people to perform so that the show can go on.
Third was that there is a bond that grows in which you can overcome things that exponentially higher than you could alone. As a group we were able to beat the World Record by double the amount it was previously.
Once I thought it was great to have one World Record under my belt. I was presented with an opportunity to get another one. I was hesitant at first but decided to do it. It would require me to do the exercise I hated the most, Burpees. I was able to overcome this foe before for the Huntsville Havoc challenge last year. I knew that if I would have to conqueror it again I would have to train.
The good thing is that I had two months to prepare. After two months of training and doing Burpees, the big day occurred.
I was with a team where we had to do them for two minutes. For the more people who do it the better since it was the most people doing Burpees at the same time.
The things that I had learned in this opportunity was the similar things in the first one. I also learned that training helps especially if you train correctly.
It has been an awesome year so far especially with getting two world records. So I hope this blog post inspires you to achieve or take on something you never thought was possible. Now go out and do it.
Take Care and God Bless,
Greg “Da Spokesman” Stargell
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