‘Sit back, relax and let’s hope it we make it there alive’
Struggling with self-isolation and social distancing? Imagine being one of only a handful of people in a freezing, white wilderness.
Tommy Little didn't know it at the time, but his decision to undertake the world's toughest marathon was a perfect trial run for the coronavirus crisis.
Despite no previous experience or training, the comedian and radio host committed to a marathon in Antarctica in 2018 to raise funds for those suffering from spinal chord injuries.
It's the subject of his comedy special Self-Diagnosed Genius, which is coming to Amazon Prime Video later this month.
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I finished 12th in the marathon! All it cost me was a few black toes, blisters and I’m still limping 5 days later. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I finished in 5 hours 18 mins, it was a foot of snow and a white out the whole way so I was stoked with my time. I’m also stoked to be using the word stoked again. I’m also stoked for Sparky, Quilly and Browny who smashed it as well. I’m even more stoked that we’ve raised nearly 110k to find a cure for spinal cord injuries! You bloody legends! (if you haven’t donated you still can using the link in my bio) We landed in Antarctica to sunshine but then a blizzard hit and we’ve been snowed in for nearly a week so I’ve had no communications. I’ll post some more pics and details soon but right now it’s 4:30 am and we’ve just touched down back in Chile and I’m proper cooked. Sleep time for Weapon. #messtomarathon #marathononiceforacure #spinalcordinjuriesaustralia #neuromoves
"The show is about me attempting to run a marathon in Antarctica with no running experience and how that's a dumb idea," he says.
"I didn't realise how wild the whole process of getting there was. You're in this sh--hole town in Chile just waiting until there's a break in the weather and then it's just a couple of Russian dudes with an old cargo plane. One guy acts as the host and instead of staying 'Enjoy your flight' he said 'Sit back, relax and let's hope it we make it there f------ alive' and the whole plane started cheering.
"We went to Union Glacier, which is in the middle and there is literally nothing. The weather comes in and you can't see anything despite there being nothing in the first place. It was so boring. We got stuck there because of the weather and it was a bunch of people sitting around deciding who we were going to eat first."
Tommy also hosts Just For Laughs' Montreal Comedy Festival special airing on Channel 10 on Monday.
"It features some of the biggest comedians in the world, as well as guys we might know that well here like Howie Mandel and Chris Red, who is about to be massive," he says.
"It's really wild to think we were able to travel from all over the world and get in a confined space with 4000 people. It's like watching porn now.
"So much of that freedom I took for granted.
"All my friends are taking up stupid hobbies they would never had considered before. They're saying things like 'By the way I'm taking up cross stitch'. To be fair, I've taken up magic."
Just For Laughs Presents The 2019 Montreal Comedy Festival airs Monday at 7.30pm and Easter Sunday at 8.30pm on Ten/WIN.
Tommy Little: Self-Diagnosed Genius is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video from April 17.