I was on my honeymoon with Bill. We had just spent a couple days along the north shore, avoiding the world with bonfires and booze, and we were headed back to the cities. Discussion turned to dreams we had, I told him that I had been mulling around the idea of a 50 hour comedy marathon. Bill had taken me to see some guy do a 50 hour song once, and I wondered how something like that could be applied to comedy.
One of the reasons I married Bill was how incredibly supportive he is of people. It not the kind that tells people they can do it even if they can’t. It’s the kind that’s realistic about what the needs would be, but still willing to pitch in and help in any way possible.
So I told Bill my idea. And he responded “50 hours would be incredible, and if anyone could pull it off it’s you. But It’s not a thing you can do alone, and I’m not sure where you’re going to find enough people to go along with it.”
Fast forward to 3 years later. I’m a member of a new comedy production company… less than a year old, and we’re looking into fundraisers. I had already told the artistic director a while back that I have always wanted to do a comedy marathon, and he had told me that a couple others had a similar idea. So we’re at this fundraising meeting, and some of my cast-mates start talking about doing a 12 hour comedy marathon, and I pipe up. We are Fearless Comedy Productions, and if we’re going to do a comedy marathon, we’ve got to do it big. I say we do a 50 hour comedy marathon.
No one laughed at me. Furthermore, no one rejected it. There were a couple moments pause, and then people started talking over the logistics of a 50 hour comedy marathon.
This is why I’m a part of Fearless. I have people willing to do stupid things with me in the name of comedy.
Last weekend, Fearless hosted a 50 hour comedy marathon. I still can’t believe we pulled it off.
Thank you so much to all the people that contributed to the 2014 Die Laughing 50 Hour Comedy Marathon. I was honored to work with so many talented performers over the weekend. We also had some absolutely incredible volunteers.. over 500 volunteer hours happened *JUST* during the marathon itself to make it happen. We had some amazing pieces in our silent auction, equipment loaned to us, and the hotel staff was absolutely stellar.
The event was successful from every possible angle. We made our operating budget for 2014/2015, with plenty to spare. We had audience at all times… sometimes just one person, and sometimes closer to 100. Everyone showed up for their shifts, and no one got hurt.
But my absolute favorite part was how much of a community feel there was to the event. We had so many different genres of comedy. Improvisers performed back-to-back with stand up comedians, storytellers had conversations with clowns, and puppeteers hung out with people doing panel shows. Everyone had a blast being a part of the marathon… many comedians would show up for their show, and then stick around after to see what was up next. People hung out chatting in the lobby, comparing writing styles or ways of moving for the best laugh. It was and incredible feeling of camaraderie.
Also, I got to meet Kevin Murphy of MST3K. So that was pretty fucking awesome, too.