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December 16, 2010

Update: Magooby's Joke House plans 81-hour standup marathon

Magooby's Joke House in Timonium plans to host a 55-hour stand-up marathon on January 18.

The comedy club wants to beat the Guinness world record for longest continuous stand-up show, which was 50 hours long.

Owner Andrew Unger said they're not doing the marathon to drum up publicity for the club, which  just opened in September. But for charity. Proceeds from tickets will be donated to Special Olympics Maryland.

Granted, though the publicity won't hurt. 

The marathon will start at Tuesday Monday at 2:30 p.m. with co-owner Marc Unger, and will continue through Thursday with other comics alternating sets.

In order to beat the record, they'll have to perform for 55 hours straight while keeping a minimum of ten spectators. That's almost two days of fart jokes. Yay!

Cost of admission hasn't yet been determined. The club's press release asks those interested in going to call Magooby's for more information: 410-252-2727.

Update: The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles beat Magooby's to the punch. Last week, the club hosted an 80-hour continuous stand-up marathon that shattered the Guinness record. Marc Unger said over e-mail they only found out about this today, as it happened last week. "We are now figuring out if it's possible to break that record as well," he wrote.

Update 2: Marc Unger just e-mailed to say they'll still try to beat the record by starting the marathon on Monday, which would allow them to beat the record by an hour.

Photo: Andrew Unger at the new Magooby's (Chris Lewis/Baltimore Sun)

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Posted by Erik Maza at 8:00 AM | | Comments (5)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


WOW - I was curious where this was and found out this took over where Lorenzo's Dinner Theater was. I did not realize the dinner theatre went away. I found their Facebook page and let me say some interesting drama out there about unpaid actors and worthless gift certificates!

I'll have to check out this new club. I enjoy a comedy club but don't like going downtown anymore.

Looks like the Laugh Factory in LA did 80 hours already.

@Whoops - lol if that is true the JOKE is on Andrew Unger!

I looked at their menu online - $9 hamburgers and $8 mixed drinks. Now THAT is funny.

When it was decided with Special Olympics to break the record a few weeks ago, the record belonged to the Comic Strip. That record was only broken last week by the Laff Factory in Los Angeles. and we simply weren't aware. However the plan will continue and we will now break that record. The show will begin on Monday Jan.17th at 2:30pm and end on Thursday at 11pm, breaking the record by a half an hour. Thanks for letting us know.

My boyfriend wants to check the place out so we will be hitting it one day that week.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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