Mike Ward: the under-listening record

More than 21,000 people will join the recordings of two special episodes of the podcast under listening, tomorrow night at the Bell Centre. This world record for a podcast live is even being formalized by a Guinness Records representative, confirms Mike Ward protocol.

Mike Ward has something that flatters his ego. His special event tomorrow night that he christened Center Brag, will be the podcast recorded in front of the world’s largest audience. The brand was previously owned by British couple Chris and Rosie Ramsey for a podcast recorded at London’s 02 Arena in November 2021 in front of over 13,000 people.

“We’ve made contact [Les Records] Guinness to certify this record, says Mike Ward. There is someone who will come to the Bell Center as a witness. »

The comedian also checked with Evenko, the Bell Center’s concert promoter, to find out where his show sat in the amphitheater’s history. “We’re the second biggest seller in the history of the Bell Center,” he says proudly.

Only Georges St-Pierre’s UFC fight in 2008 comes higher. “We can’t beat that record because they reconfigured the space. But I just think it’s crazy. It makes no sense that a podcast so much sold! »

When reminded about 400,000 unique listeners tune in under listening Every week the number of around 20,000 spectators suddenly seems less impressive. ” Hello Hello must have 700,000 reviews per day. When they announce they are going to the Bell Center, Gino will be all alone [dans la salle] ‘ the comedian replies, laughing.

Because consequences of under listeninghe’s been accepted into the Bordel Comedy Club since 2015, Mike Ward didn’t want to clash too much with those of the Bordel that night at the Bell Center. The best example? He asked for the lowest possible admission prices.

“I thought it was funny that the cheapest tickets were $10 with a service charge of $28.50,” says Mike. Finally, evenko was really cool and reduced the service fee to $3.50. I find it funny for those who have never seen the Bell Center. »

Back to basics

For this special evening, which begins at 8 p.m., Mike Ward has planned to record two episodes of under listening Back to back. Each episode will feature three secret guests.

“I’ve thought about inviting more people over,” he says, “but what the world likes to do under listening, these are the lodge discussions. I said to myself we need to get back to that. I chose the guests who risked the most score. »

Despite being told by several people that it was necessary to play as much as possible when playing at the Bell Centre, Mike Ward decided to bring the evening back to basics: impromptu talks between comedians. “I was told we had to set off firecrackers and have sick lighting,” he said. I even thought about hiring one marching band [fanfare] for my performance on stage. Finally I said to myself that I wanted to bring back what people have when they see a recording in the brothel. »

♦ The event under listening at the Bell Centre, as part of Just for Laughs, is this Friday night at 8pm. There are still a handful of single tickets centerbrag.com.

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