HIGHLAND PARK – Rob Mor and his best friend Alex Weber broke the record for longest live-streaming video chat in a 14-day cross-country brofest between Highland Park and Venice, California. The comedians’ No HangUps event began on Oct. 22, and ran until the morning of Nov. 4.
“We wanted to make a documentary about what it’s like being connected 24/7,” said Mor. “We broke the record, and made it through courageously. Thankfully we have really supportive families who didn’t mind being on a two-week reality show.”
The unofficial record was by Australian girls who chatted for 10 days, said Mor. “Our live video chat was very interactive for 14 days, where viewers could dare us to do things.”
Weber stayed in Venice while Mor moved back to his hometown Highland Park. Mor was dared to paint his toenails green when he was at a salon with his mom, and his buddy went along with a fan’s dare to get a Henna tattoo.
Some other highlights included a simultaneous scavenger hunt at Navy Pier, and Venice Beach, taking selfies, and convincing strangers to “create a complicated secret handshake with us,” said Mor. “By watching our show you got to live in two places at once. We realized how hard it was going about your day-to-day activities.”
“The best time was when we were doing impressions, or cheering each other on with beers from across the country,” said Mor.
The duo also did the “first live ever cross-country improv show,” where Mor streamed in to Weber’s comedy club performance in Los Angeles. “Live streaming is an interesting social project. Now more than ever before we have gateways to connect with people,” said Mor.
Mor and Weber were able to get some sleep, but they had to contend with two separate devices watching them overnight. “It was eerie and not good sleep,” said Mor. “I woke up several times throughout the night making sure our connection was still intact.”
Mor said the most difficult part was planning their lives “in sync,” and likened their relationship in some ways to a married couple. “It’s really hard being in two places at once.” Mor explained. “We also had an incredible amount of fun. There was only one time when we blew up at each other. In the end, we came out closer than ever.”
Mor’s off-screen wife Noel stayed in California while he was in Highland Park for three weeks. He proposed to her almost two years ago over Thanksgiving in Chicago, while gallantly riding in on a horse dressed in a tuxedo. “Noel loves horses, and keeps my proposal video in a safe place,” he said.
Mor graduated from Highland Park High School in 2006, where he fell in love with theater and performing. Theater arts teachers Tim Conway (who sadly passed away last June) and Scott Shallenbarger were huge influences on him. From there Mor went on to study acting at New York University.
“If you really want to be an actor, take a year off after high school, and start auditioning,” Mor advised. “Get some experience first to see if you like it. The job of acting is completely different. It behooves you to try it, before you invest four years in theater training.”
Mor has appeared on Funny or Die, Tosh.O, and has done various hilarious Youtube sketches. “Youtube for comedians is great, and content is king,” said Mor. He also does improv and has performed at the Clubhouse at USB, and iO West Theater in Los Angeles. You can catch his comedy sketches online at RealRobMor-YouTube.
The next step is for Mor and Weber to turn their 14-day live chat into a documentary. “We had 10,000 unique viewers on No HangUps, and right now we’re in the post production phase of the documentary,” said Mor. “I’ve produced one doc before, and this will bring a very relevant social experiment to festivals. It changed my relationship with smart phones,”
Mor continued, “We had camera guys following us around, and we’re aiming for a Super Size Me (by Morgan Spurlock) documentary. Alex and I financed this project ourselves without sponsors, so it really means a lot to us.” They’ll also show their footage to Guinness World Records.
In the meantime, Mor’s fans will be happy to know that he’s “rocking the beard” again, and he and Noel have been spending quality time grooming it.