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The Foreigner Norwegian comedian has the last laugh. Norwegian comedian Hans Morten Hansen has all reasons to smile. He recently beat the 38 hour, 6 minute record for the longest solo stand-up comedy show set by Australian comedian Lindsay Webb. The record, first established in 2009 by Irish comic Tommy Kiernan with his 36 hours and 15 minutes now stands at a staggering 38 hours, 14 minutes and 30 seconds.   Hansen acknowledges Tiernan’s record-breaking performance in 2009 as a source of inspiration, though he admits he would have given up if it were not for the support he received.

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Norwegian comedian has the last laugh

Published on Sunday, 12th September, 2010 at 13:02 under the entertainment category, by Audrey Andersen.

Norwegian comedian Hans Morten Hansen has all reasons to smile. He recently beat the 38 hour, 6 minute record for the longest solo stand-up comedy show set by Australian comedian Lindsay Webb.



The record, first established in 2009 by Irish comic Tommy Kiernan with his 36 hours and 15 minutes now stands at a staggering 38 hours, 14 minutes and 30 seconds.  

Hansen acknowledges Tiernan’s record-breaking performance in 2009 as a source of inspiration, though he admits he would have given up if it were not for the support he received.

His attempt was closely followed and streamed online.

“There were people jumping into their cars and driving for 4-5 hours to see it happen, skipping work and school to cheer me on. You just cannot let them down and quit. You have to push on”, he tells The Foreigner.

Hans Morten Hansen was born in Bergen, grew up in Stavanger, but is now based in Oslo. The non-stop solo exhausting comedy show was closely monitored by a qualified doctor, in this case by fellow comedian Jonas Kinge Bergland,

“Naturally it felt great, but the physical and mental strain was tremendous. Just staying awake for such a long period is hard for a man of my age (46). I had several ‘out of body’ moments during the attempt, problems with keeping my balance, tunnel vision, loss of hearing and also the voice took quite a beating,” Hansen said.

Apart from medical supervision, the record attempt is strictly regulated with quite a few rules.

“We were informed about this on the day before the attempt started. You need two independent observers to document all breaks and you are not allowed to repeat yourself within a 4 hour window”.

Hansen also tries to adapt material for an English-speaking audience. The oil capital of Norway, Stavanger, has a relatively large English and American population. Most English material is used for oil companies based in the Stavanger region.

“It’s not very hard to translate and perform material that is understandable, and hopefully, entertaining for a universal audience” said Hansen.

However, some material can be quite sensitive and may not be fully appreciated.

“Jokes about specific British or American issues, politics for example, may not be understood”.

That does not mean that Hansen would not value the challenge of testing his material on a British or American audience. After his recent world record achievement, this is a challenge not be laughed at!

Hansen is looking forward to supporting iconic Irish comedian, Ed Byrne, in the Great Norwegian Comedy Festival 2010 which takes place in Stavanger in next month.



Published on Sunday, 12th September, 2010 at 13:02 under the entertainment category, by Audrey Andersen.

This post has the following tags: hans, morten, hansen, comedy, festival, stavanger, stand-up, lindsay, webb, tommy, kiernan, jonas, kinge, bergland.





  
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