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Kevin Burke and ‘Defending the Caveman’ seek to smash Guinness World Record tonight at Harrah’s

Glittering Lights 2012 Opening Ceremony

Christopher DeVargas

Kevin Burke of “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s arrives on the red carpet during the grand opening of Glittering Lights at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

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Barring any last-minute problems, “Defending the Caveman” actor Kevin Burke will claim a unique Guinness World Record tonight. He will chalk up 60 consecutive show performances, beating the previous Guinness Record of 50 in Britain that ended Dec. 7 -- but Kevin also did it with a solo performance.

And that could earn another Guinness World Record.

Kevin’s unbelievable achievement started Feb. 4 and ends tonight at Harrah’s. The milestone includes two shows that he performed March 6 and 20, which his understudy could have done. (Kevin wanted to solidly beat the previous record, thus aiming for 10 more shows.)

“With only two days off prior to the starting date, I am dragging just a little bit,” Kevin told me. “But the challenge is what kept me going and the adrenaline pumped up.”

Kevin has signed statements, show logs, video and photo proof from the theater’s tech operators, the showroom manager, the lead stagehand and the lead usher. The documents will all be submitted to Guinness as per their seven evidence requirements, and Kevin is hoping to claim the two records within 90 days. “You name what they wanted, and I’ve got it,” he said proudly.

Guinness required that each performance was given to a paying audience in a theater of at least 300 people: “Each performance must be of the same play from start to finish and must be performed by the same actor throughout the attempt.”

Kevin told me this morning: “If the curtain goes up on time tonight, and I perform the entire show without anything going wrong to stop it, we will have legitimately beaten the British record-holders. I hope that I don’t lose my voice. I hope that I’m still standing at the end. If so, we immediately go to the bar for celebration drinks!”

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