More comedy world records

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As you should know by now, Donnie Maroot will be attempting to smash the world record for most jokes in an hour next Wednesday, 5th March, in the Park Bar Glasgow. And it seems he’s sparked some interest among the UK’s comedy press with news features in The British Comedy Guide and LaughSpin among others.

However, he isn’t the first funny-man to go for a world record – here’s a list of some other comedians to have made the record books.

Most tickets sold – Peter Kay

Peter Kay’s Tour That Doesn’t Tour Tour sold 1,140,798 tickets in 113 arena dates in 2010 and 2011, earning him a place in the record books. He beat the previous record holder,   American ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, whose 2009 American tour sold around 750,000 tickets.

Non-stop jokes – John Martin

In 1993, ‘Human joke factory’ and Liverpudlian, John Martin broke the World Record for continuous joke telling when he told jokes non-stop for 101 hours and 39 minutes – to prove it, you can see his certificate here.

DVD sales – Michael McIntyre

Michale McIntyre burst onto the comedy scene in 2006 and is today one of the UK’s best loved comedians. In 2009, his DVD Hello Wembley became the fastest selling DVD of all time. It ultimately sold 1.4 million copies.

Most Olivier Awards – Tim Minchin

Australian comic, Tim Minchin’s musical adaption of Matilda by Roald Dahl broke the record for most Olivier Awards won by a show when it won seven awards, beating a record that had stood since the 1980’s – when stage production of Nicholas Nickleby won 6 awards.

Most Jokes in a Minute

A fast talking funny-man recently broke the world record for most jokes in a minute with an amazing 24. He appears to be nameless, but you can watch his record busting routine here.

Longevity – Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth – now aged 86 – entered the Guinness Book of Records in 2012 earning the title of longest serving male TV entertainer. Brucie made his TV debut in 1939 and rose to fame in the 1950s. He can still be seen on TV today on Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Let’s hope Donnie will soon be added to this list of illustrious names.


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