September 24, 2010

It's official, Bob Marley is the

Bob Marley sets a Guinness World Record by performing standup comedy for 40 hours

By Dennis Hoey
Staff Writer

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Maine comedian Bob Marley fist-bumps with the crowd after breaking the Guinness World Record for the longest standup comedy performance Thursday. The previous record of 38 hours and 6 minutes was held by Lindsay Webb of Australia.

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Bob Marley

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Martinez said he had never seen such an organized record-breaking effort.

"They have three log books, four witnesses, and it is even being broadcast on Sirius radio," Martinez said. "There is plenty of evidence to support Bob's attempt."

In addition, the club videotaped the entire performance.

Audience members were impressed with Marley's ability to keep them laughing.

"He was just phenomenal for having been awake for 35 hours," said Joe Dunbar of Portland, who watched the 6 p.m. performance. "Bob Marley is an icon in Maine comedy."

Colleen Adams of Auburn came to see Marley after getting out of work at Idexx in Westbrook.

"I like him because his jokes are all local," she said. "I get a real kick out of his local jokes, many of which are off the cuff. I can appreciate the ease of how he tells his jokes."

John Lamb, spokesman for the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital, said Thursday night that Marley had raised more than $10,000 for the hospital. That total was likely to increase after the proceeds from a couple of the late-night performances were tallied.

"I was never concerned that he had the willpower to do this," Keithly said, "but that his voice might not hold up."

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