Non-comedian to attempt joke-telling world record

donald_macleodNorris McWhirter will be kicking himself that’s he’s not around to see this one – a financial actuary bidding to become the world’s most prolific joke-teller, and beating previous record-holders Anthony Lehmann, and legendary one-liner merchant Tim Vine.

Aussie stand-up Lehmann managed 549 jokes in an hour in 2005, smashing Vine’s record of 499, and on Wednesday, March 5, Donald MacLeod will be attempting to reach 550at the Park Bar in Glasgow. MacLeod (pictured) says all the jokes he plans to tell are original, and is optimistic of success, with his favourite gag being “Where’s the best place in South Africa to get a Batman outfit? Cape Town!”

Scottish Friendly, who is sponsoring the event, will be covering this record attempt via their website and Twitter account, @scotfriendly.

Finance firm Scottish Friendly prides itself on its community involvement, and the proceeds from the event – along with the profits from MacLeod’s own Awful Joke Book – will be going to four charities in the Western Isles: The Bethedsa Care Home and Hospice in Stornoway, Harris House in Tarbert, Tagsa Uibhist in Benbecula and Cobhair Bhrraigh in Castlebay.

To find out more about the attempt visit the Scottish Friendly website.

To coincide with the record attempt, Scottish Friendly is also running a joke competition. Comedy fans are being encouraged to tell their favourite gag via the 7-second video sharing platform Vine. The winner, as picked by MacLeod, will win a £100 Ticketmaster voucher. The deadline to enter is March 4.

• This article is sponsored by Scottish Friendly

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