TV Picks: TV’s ‘Guinness World Records Unleashed’ host Dan Cortese talks series (VIDEO)

TV Picks of the week: truTV’s Guinness World Records® Unleashed – ALL NEW – Thursday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-PG

First-season hit Guinness World Records® Unleashed, hosted by Dan Cortese is back with more daring and fearless record hopefuls as they attempt to secure their place in history by breaking some truly outrageous world records.

Cortese shot to stardom as the creator and host of the Emmy-winning series MTV Sports, on which he worked for six years. He soon won roles on NBC sitcom Veronica’s Closet and UPN’s Rock Me Baby. He was also cast in the pilot of the WB show Grown Men.

Pittsburgh native Cortese also has memorable guest-starring roles on Seinfeld, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, What I Like About You, The Single Guy, Melrose Place, Hot in Cleveland and Man Up! He has also starred in the made-for-television movies The Lottery for NBC and The Triangle for TBS. Cortese’s talents are not just limited to television. He can be seen in the films After Sex and Demolition Man.

Iconic benchmark record book Guinness World Records has delighted, astonished and amazed readers with its book of incredible achievements.  The premise of the book series has been brought to the smallscreen with Guinness World Records® Unleashed, as the curtain is drawn back to reveal what really goes on when the most unbelievable records are attempted.

In addition to host Dan Cortese, the series features Stuart Claxton, the show’s primary Guinness World Records adjudicator. Liz Smith, also of Guinness World Records, and actor/musician Zach Selwyn (Greek, Battleship) provide commentary on the action.

Tune in alert for Thursday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

Episode #108: “Bungee Breakfast”

A lingerie model gives new meaning to speed reading, a limber lady hops her way towards the record books, a man snorts pasta through his nose, a daredevil takes breakfast to new heights in the ultimate bungee jump, and much more!


  • Fastest talker (Video below)
  • Most consecutive jumps on a trampoline grabbing a bar
  • Most spaghetti eaten through the nose
  • Most rope skips with one leg behind the head
  • Most kicks to the head in one minute
  • Highest coffee dunk of a donut with a bungee cord


Monsters and Critics had a quick threebie with host Dan Cortese about the series:

Monsters and Critics: What category would you like to see added for Guinness? What is missing from the annual compilation?

Dan Cortese: I think we’re good on categories! I want to see the challenges keep getting bigger and better – I want to keep topping these unbelievable feats.

M&C: In your opinion, is there a level of OCD behavior that accompanies someone’s drive to be at the top of the Guinness heap in their respective accomplishment?

DC: I think it’s more of dedication and desire to be the best at what these folks do. There is no prize money or Hawaiian vacation given away here. These are everyday people with unique talents who strive to be the best in the world at what they do.

We had a guy that came on last season who attempted Most kicks to the head in a minute and was unable to break the record. He’s back this season to attempt the record again. He trained, took up yoga and practiced until he perfected his craft. He just had that fire inside.

M&C: What are the coolest accomplishments of late? Your favorites?

DC: We had some awesome attempts this season. A few that stand out are Longest time standing in a jet stream, Most bras unhooked in one minute, Longest jump onto a moving truck, Longest time holding free flowing fire hose…I mean who wouldn’t want to check that out??


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