In what organizers are calling the “Mount Everest of endurance comedy,” Vancouver-based comedian Graham Clark will take to the Havana Theatre stage at 8 p.m. PST on November 29. Meanwhile, in Toronto, comedian Pat Thornton will simultaneously take to that city’s Comedy Bar stage. It will be the cross-Canada start for 24 Hours of Stand-up, a fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
“At 8 p.m. on Friday, the veteran comedian will launch into a 24-hour set with only a few bathroom breaks,” say organizers of the Vancouver show in a media release. “After the first hour, the comedian will then look for inspiration from his talented team of comedians sitting in the front row feverishly writing jokes for him to read, riff and rate.”
While this will be Clark’s first time telling jokes during a full rotation of the earth, the Toronto-based Thornton has already completed five such marathons.
Thornton’s previous fundraisers have already raised thousands of dollars for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which provides care and support to people living with HIV & AIDS in Africa. Since 2003, the Foundation has funded over 1700 initiatives, partnering with over 325 community-based organizations in the 15 countries that have been hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic in Africa.
“As this has never been attempted in Vancouver, we are excited to see what Graham and the team can raise in his first year with the generosity of Vancouverites,” continues the media release.
Both shows will stream over the internet for the entire 24-hour period allowing viewers to see what is taking place in both cities. Audiences can also attend live at both venues.
A three-time Canadian Comedy Award winner and co-host of Maximum Fun’s Stop Podcasting Yourself, the Vancouver-based Clark is a winner of the national Yuk Yuks Great Canadian Laugh Off and has appeared on national television including CBC’s The Debaters, Just for Laughs, as well as HBO’s Funny As Hell. Clark recently served as the west coast correspondent for This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Based in Toronto, the Juno-nominated Thornton is a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe The Sketchersons. He has appeared in the sketch comedy series Hotbox for The Comedy Network and on CityTV’s Sunnyside for which he won a Canadian Screen Award in 2016.
In Vancouver, 24 Hours of Stand-up will take place at the Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver) beginning at 8 pm on November 29 and continue through to 9 pm on November 30. Tickets are available online. Visit standupfor24hrs.com for more information and other ways to donate.