You might love to sit back, relax and watch a marathon (or two) of Keeping Up with the Kardashians whenever it airs on E!, but, trust us, you’ve got nothing on these six insane TV “Cravers” from Canada.
With the help of CraveTV (a new on-demand video streaming service), Cam Healy, Lisa Matlock, Blake Cronyn, Jasmin Shim, Monique Redhead and Devon Ferguson are competing to break the Guinness World Records’ title for Longest Marathon Watching TV by watching 91 hours of TV in a row and win $5,000 each. Ninety-one freaking hours. Back-to-back. Now that’s crazy stuff. And they’re doing it while cramped in a “highly visible fully-functional living space” in downtown Toronto.
It sounds like the plot for a MTV reality show, right? Blake Cronyn, a 25-year-old web designer from Toronto, says his adrenalin-junkie friends are excited to watch him compete in this challenge. “I have a bunch of friends whose dream of getting into the Guinness World Records book. It doesn’t matter what for, they just want one,” he said. “So when I told them I’m doing this, they’re the guys who said, ‘Oh my god. This is legendary. You’re incredible.'”
Sitting and watching television for 91 consecutive hours in a public space might sound incredible to those on the outside. However, it has its logistical considerations to contend with. Cravers are only allowed a five-minute break for every full hour of marathon-watching they complete; fortunately they’re able save and use them back-to-back at any point. Real estate agent, Lisa Matlock, has been studying the TV schedule so she can figure out when it’s best to use or bank her breaks.
“If it’s a marathon of a show I’ve never watched before like Orphan Black, I don’t want to miss out on it by using my five-minute break,” Matlock said. “I’d rather save them for the very end of the competition when I’m feeling the most tired.”
Luckily, Matlock and the other contestants are allowed to eat and drink while watching the shows. Although it’ll keep their their energy up, they better be careful because answering the calls of nature will only be permitted during their sanctioned breaks. Yikes! Worst of all, should they fall asleep their record-breaking attempt will be over. It’s a good thing the six Cravers have become “best friends” of sorts.
“We’ve had a whole three weeks to get to know each other and we really want to try and get a buddy system going,” Cronyn said. “We’re not sure how well it’s going to work since it’s so easy to fall asleep.”
It looks like the six will go through many trials and tribulations before they (hopefully) come out on top. So, what are the shows on CraveTV that they’re going to have their eyes glued on for 5,460 minutes?
Want to follow along? The Cravers started their quest on Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. so you can watch the livestream on CraveTV.ca right now. If you’re in Toronto, swing by and watch the Cravers in the parking lot of 299 Queen Street West.