Seattle comedian Morgan Preston will bring his Biggest Tour Ever to Tacoma's North Point Bar & Grill on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Normally, he'd just head south on I-5, but he's taking a fairly roundabout route as he guns for a Guinness World Record.
It's a record he kind of holds already. But, technically, he doesn't. It gets confusing. We'll let him explain.
“We will be the very first people ever to do a comedy show in all 50 U.S. states,” he said, calling from the road. “The record exists under music, and there have been quite a few people who have done … a concert in all 50 U.S. states. So I sent in the application and everything, and they approved it. We went out and did 50 shows, 50 states, in 50 days. But I asked them a question or something during that time period and they said, 'Oh, we messed up. You're a comedian. There's no category for that.'”
What made this news even more frustrating was that Preston and his crew may have actually risked death in pursuit of the record last year. Hurricane Sandy was bearing down on the East Coast as they headed toward their gig in Cambridge, Md.
“That was where the eye of the storm came over,” Preston recalled. “I thought it was our out. Once you're 10 shows in, you realize that you have 40 more shows to do. And you're like, 'My god, the United States is really large.' You don't realize how large until you're in the middle of it doing this.
“So I thought it was going to be our out. Nobody is gonna call (B.S.) if you had to quit because of a hurricane. And then the place where we were headed was like, 'Well, we got generators. We don't care. Let's just do it.' So we did it. We just drove into it.
“We kind of lucked out because we had some inside information. People were texting us, telling us when bridges were gonna close and what was gonna happen. We followed the National Guard, which were basically the only people out. (Stuff) was flying around. We went in and did a show as stuff was flying by the window, and we had a great show. There were actually people there.”
Undaunted, Preston and his tour mates are back at it. The Biggest Tour Ever will also feature Andrew Ouellette, Billy Anderson and Keith Walker with the laughs staring at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, and are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com. For further details, call (253) 927-7767 or visit http://www..NorthPointTacoma.com.