“Stand-Up Comics Go For Record”
STAND-UP COMICS GO FOR RECORD
By Chip Chandler
The last time stand-up comics Morgan Preston and Andrew Ouellette went on the road together was “so miserable, so awful.”
So they’re trying it again.
Preston and Ouellette will return to Amarillo on Saturday for Day 7 of another attempt to perform 50 shows in all 50 states. The show kicks off at 9:30 p.m. at Leftwood’s, 2511 S.W. Sixth Ave.; doors open at 8 p.m., and blues-rock band Tony Holiday & The Velvetones will perform following the show.
The duo toured the country in 50 days last year, including a Thanksgiving Day stop in Amarillo, though a technicality prevented the tour from getting recognition from the Guinness Book of World Records.
This time out, the duo — who’ll perform this time with Billy Anderson and Keith Walker — plan to tour the U.S. in 49 days.
“We’re beating our own record and will officially be in the Guinness Book of World Records if we succeed,” Ouellette said.
But he’s expecting to suffer again.
Last year, the tour butted heads with Hurricane Sandy, performing in Maryland as the storm was striking the coast. Ouellette was awoken by an earthquake in Mississippi, and he went blind at another point. Preston lost a tooth while eating a sandwich at a gas station, and while he was on the road, his house caught fire.
The duo was sick of each other by the end of the tour, and Ouellette’s girlfriend dumped him while he was on the road.
“Apparently, girls like attention,” he said.
But the pain was all worth it, Ouellette said.
“Doing something like that will make you a stronger comedian,” he said. “You do so many shows … that it’s good for you.
“It makes you a lot sharper, a lot quicker,” he said. “But it’s very difficult. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it. That’s kind of the point.”
See the article in the Amarillo globe here: http://amarillo.com/entertainment/get-out-outings/2013-10-16/comics-go-record