“It was a nice moment,” Rabbani, a 24-year-old University of Houston student, said. “I was thinking I should watch the sun rise more often.”
Rabbani, a standup comedian/screen writer, was at Starbucks at 12 a.m. this morning, kicking off his goal of spending 24 consecutive hours at the coffee shop.
This is the second 24 hour endeavor Rabbani has taken part of as a comedic stunt for www.Zug.com. He also spent 24 hours at a Super Walmart in January, talking with people, getting his nails done and hanging out.
Today, Rabbani is spending his day at Starbucks, making friends with the baristas, talking to customers and tweeting about his experiences via Twitter.
When Rabbani was 18 years old he worked for Starbucks. He didn’t take the job very seriously and was fired.
“I wanted to make amends or something,” he said.
Rabbani said the perfect way to “pay homage” to his previous employer was to spend the day trying to be funny.
Rabbani said he made a customer laugh for almost two minutes with this joke:
“Growing up I always wanted to be cool, but no matter how hard I tried I could never fit in the fridge.”
Rabbani said he doesn’t like to do crude comedy; he prefers to do observational comedy. He carries a little notebook filled with his jokes around with him. He has done standup comedy routines in Houston and writes for a blog, www.lifeat160.com.
“My teeth are chattering and I can’t sit still,” he said. “I want to do the worm across the floor.”
By the end of the night, Rabbani plans on ordering the world’s longest Starbucks drink: a Venti, sugar-free, non-fat, vanilla soy, double shot, decaf, no foam, extra hot, Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha with light whip and extra syrup. The drink is 38 syllables long.
Rabbani will have spent about $100 at Starbucks by midnight tonight.
Rabbani also plans on playing “espresso pong,” similar to beer pong, but with espresso. He purchased ping pong balls specifically for his 24 hour stay at Starbucks.
“If they kick me out with 23 hours into it I’m OK with it,” he said.
But after all is said and done, will Rabbani want to drink Starbucks ever again?
“Maybe I’ll take a week off,” he said, before heading back for his usual tall black drip.