'Ricki Lake' Gears Up for Valentine's Day With the World's Longest Kiss!


 Couple Breaks Guinness Book of World's Record With Lengthy Thirty Hour,
           Fifty-Nine Minute, and Twenty-Seven Second Lip Lock

            Other Fearless 'Ricki Lake' Guests Vie for a Spot
       In the Guinness Book of World Records With Rattling Snakes,
                     Squirming Worms, and Cockroaches

            Special Episode Airs on Thursday, January 31, 2002

NEW YORK, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- "Ricki Lake" has seen its fair share of brave guests but none like the daredevils who have their hearts set on breaking dangerous and extravagant world records on the special Guinness Book of World Records episode that airs on Thursday, January 31, 2002. And, just in time for Valentine's Day, two of "Ricki Lake's" guests pucker up for the record-breaking kiss of a lifetime.

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Nineteen-year-old Louisa Almodovar and her boyfriend of two years 22-year-old Rich Langly -- both from Vineland, NJ -- accept the challenge to lock lips for over 30 hours in their effort to break the standing world-record kissing time of 30 hours and 45 minutes. Proving every kiss is not just a kiss, the couple complied with all of Guinness's rules including no sitting, no eating or drinking, no bathroom breaks, and no separation of their lips, breaking the kissing record by 15 minutes as the audience cheered them on.

When asked about the kissing challenge that her guests took on, Lake responded, "Being able to kiss the one you love for an extended period of time seems like a really romantic notion, but this kiss took on a life of its own." She continued, "It went from romantic to exhausting and eventually to 'how much longer until we break the record?' But, when all was said and done, Louisa and Rich were still willing to give each other a congratulatory kiss on a job well done."

But, the record breaking does not end with the world's longest kiss. Also on the show, three more world records are broken including eight rattlesnakes held in a human mouth for ten seconds, 54 caps bitten off of bottles in under one minute, and more than 200 straws simultaneously stuffed into a human mouth. And, one guest actually creates a new Guinness Record when he holds six hissing Madagascar cockroaches in his mouth for ten seconds.

"Ricki Lake," currently in its ninth season, has established itself among young adult viewers with a blend of light-hearted and serious subjects, often incorporating unique participatory elements to add fresh insight and a twist to the issue. It is produced by The Garth Ancier Company in association with Columbia TriStar Domestic Television. Gail Steinberg is Executive Producer and co-creator with Garth Ancier, who also serves as Executive Consultant.

Distributed in syndication by Columbia TriStar Domestic Television (ctdtv.com), the series airs on stations representing more than 93 percent of the U.S. Its national advertising is managed by Columbia TriStar Television Advertiser Sales.

For further information, please contact: Media, Beth Jaffe of The Ricki Lake Show, +1-212-352-3322, ext. 232; or Chris Albert of Columbia TriStar Domestic Television, +1-310-244-6467.


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Contact: Media, Beth Jaffe of The Ricki Lake Show, +1-212-352-3322,
ext. 232; or Chris Albert of Columbia TriStar Domestic Television,

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