We've done hundreds and hundreds of these contests, and we sort of fancy ourselves an athletic league," Nerz said last week.
Dessert contests typically last 10 minutes or less for safety reasons, Nerz said.
The key is swallowing, said Nerz, who wrote "Eat this Book" about his own relatively unsuccessful year on the competitive eating circuit.
Royals and Nerz asked the audience to stick around after the show to hear the words of Alan Gell, a young man sent to North Carolina's death row, falsely convicted of murder after evidence proving his innocence was hidden from his trial jury.
Nerz, who has stepped down as the Justice Theater Project's executive director to take another job on St.