Poveromo and his comedic colleagues recently produced a live show on Twitch, a popular streaming platform, and broke the Guinness World Record for the longest live-streamed comedy event, which “clocked in at 90 hours,” according to Poveromo. The longest streamed comedy event had previously been about 80 hours long. Two hundred and fifty comedians participated in the record-breaking event on the platform’s Drinks, Jokes & Storytelling channel.
Poveromo’s producer on this project, a live events coordinator, wanted to organize a charity event for the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation and Star Treatments, but the COVID-19 pandemic had brought all such events to a screeching halt. As an alternative, Poveromo and two other comics who were already part of the Twitch streaming network, decided to organize a comedy show via Zoom and broadcast it on Twitch. Using all their contacts, the three were able to enlist a large group of comedians to perform. “It was incredible, because the response I got was, ‘Yes, absolutely!’ and then also pure joy for being able to see everybody,” Poveromo said. Some of the group hadn’t seen each other since the pandemic began last March.
Comedians have been very challenged by the pandemic, including Poveromo himself. “We were hit hard by it, not only financially, but mentally, because we need that feedback. We like being on the road, we like interacting with strangers,” Poveromo explained. During the event, people continuously visited the stream. “We kept getting messages afterwards that were like, ‘You have no idea how much I needed this,’” Poveromo said. “There were people who were there to hang out after they had told all their stories, but they were like, ‘I just want to see people I haven’t seen in a while.’”
Poveromo, who co-hosted the event, said that he “wanted to be there for people that you booked too, just so they understood coming into it what it was.” Poveromo and the other co-hosts believed that they wouldn’t get much sleep at the beginning of the event and Poveromo said he “stayed up for 24 hours straight at one point, continuously on the stream.” Poveromo took time off from appearing on the stream, but only to contact more people to participate.
Poveromo is no stranger to raising awareness about important causes. His recent film project “Duppet” shined light on mental health issues. “I was hoping people would resonate with my experience of being depressed, and getting the idea that communication is key, and that’s what “Duppet” is about,” Poveromo said. “Whatever it is, we’re all human and we all deal with something like that,” he continued. “The true joy of this is if I can take my talent and put it towards...any kind of charity, that’s the best part of it to me.”
To learn more about John Poveromo and his latest projects and engagements, visit his website at www.johnpoveromo.net.
To make a donation to the CBTF or StarTreatments, visit: www.comedyworldrecord.com