Bob Marley’s record stand-up raises $12,000

Posted Sept. 24, 2010, at 3:10 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s homegrown humorist Bob Marley says he raised more than $12,000 for the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital by joking his way to a record with a standup act that lasted 40 hours.

Marley got a thumbs up from an official from the Guinness Book of Records on Thursday night at Portland’s Comedy Connection, where he broke the previous record of 38 hours, 6 minutes, held by Lindsay Webb of Australia.

Marley yukked it up until he reached the 40-hour mark.

Marley says he went 18 hours before having to repeat jokes. Guinness rules allowed a five-minute break every hour, and rules stipulated that there had to be at least 10 people in the audience at all times. The event was carried live on Sirius radio’s Comedy Showcase.