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Options September 3, 2013: Heckle Me, Heckle You.

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Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:09pm Green Mountain Man Mark:

A lot of people want to get on my tube.
Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:09pm Berg:

as a european I have no idea what it is you're talking about ;)
Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:13pm Berg:

but I've sure learned something
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 9/3/13 6:14pm Carmichael:

Too much information, Mark. :)
Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:18pm Green Mountain Man Mark:

When I was 12 I think I must have listened to Eddie Murphy Raw between 100-100,000 times. The tape wore out and I would listen to it sound slow and warped. We would crack the hell up every time.
Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:19pm Danne D:

Ugh, I remember being at a comedy show - it was actually a work related thing and I was pretty new in this particular industry - and the jerk comedian had no material except for my last name apparently. I like think that he's working at a Stuckey's somewhere now.
Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:25pm Danne D:

Love when Chris tells a story - always good stuff.
  Tue. 9/3/13 6:26pm Julia:

I had a similar experience last weekend, without the big awkward confrontation. Every comedian thinks they're Don Rickles all of a sudden.
Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:28pm Danne D:

A bunch of us walked out on midget wrestling once. That was largely b/c we quickly realized what a poor choice we had made.
Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:30pm Danne D:

I remember being at a comedy show where this younger guy and girl were seated at front. So the first comedian goes - "So you two together?" and the guy explains that she's his cousin. A couple mild jokes and the comedian moves on.

By the 4th comedian, basically everyone in the crowd just said "She's his cousin" - not quite a heckle in the conventional sense - the comedian was "Okay then"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 9/3/13 6:36pm Jeff:

Yeah, that confrontation last week was really uncomfortable.

I think you may have been a tiny bit unfair to the comedian - yes, the material he was getting into was better suited to someone who can wield a comedy scalpel with a surgeon's skill, and no, he had no scalpel. But I'm not so sure it was fair to compare his level of nuance to a dull axe. I'd say it was a little more like a machete.
  Tue. 9/3/13 6:37pm your solution:

give him a machine gun?
Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:41pm Husband Man:

Solution: tell a JOKE
Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:41pm Danne D:

This is the "contractual obligation sessions" of comedy standup.
  Tue. 9/3/13 6:42pm your solution:

Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:43pm Husband Man:

I walked out on the Spice Girls movie in 1997.
  Tue. 9/3/13 6:45pm your solution:

raise the admission by tenfold?
  Tue. 9/3/13 6:46pm Julia:

Oh, don't blame alcohol and drugs for assholery. I can get tanked at a show and maintain respect and civility as an audience member.
Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:48pm Husband Man:

  Tue. 9/3/13 6:48pm JoeyX:

Can't dial in, Chris, as i'm at work, sadly. My dad had a story of someone heckling Louis Prima at the 4am "Blue" show in the lounge in the early 60s. The guy got up to leave in the middle of the set, and Prima watched him, finished his drink, and threw the shot glass at the back of the heckler's head and hit him. He then threatened to beat him up from the stage, and then the band went into the next song. The Wildest, indeed.
  Tue. 9/3/13 6:48pm Julia:

a spotlight? invite them up on stage?
  Tue. 9/3/13 6:48pm your solution:

put him in a glass box, or a remote locale?
Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:49pm Danne D:

Not as bad as when Michael Richards melted down...
Avatar Tue. 9/3/13 6:49pm Danne D:

videotaping is a big no no.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 9/3/13 6:50pm Mike East:

I'm surprised this was news. Are there any comedians that LIKE hecklers?
  Tue. 9/3/13 6:52pm your solution:

sorry, I give up. Dave is great, but his ego is even greater. He made the mistake of giving them gaps and taking the comments too personally, didn't he?
  Tue. 9/3/13 6:52pm green mountain man mark:

Maybe that was not Dave Chapelle but Prince as Dave.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 9/3/13 6:55pm Jeff:

I went to a Kids in the Hall "reunion" performance some years back. I'm sure it was completely unreasonable for me to hope for much, but I'd enjoyed their earlier work, and hoped there was even a tiny chance that those talented guys might come up with a few fresh funny bits...

...but the audience kept shouting out memorized lines from their old sketches, and indeed most of the audience apparently wanted the guys to just re-perform favorite bits they'd done before.

I just don't get it. We've already seen those old bits. Those old bits were really good, but they're of a previous time, and they were recorded, and we can watch then whenever we want. Why would anyone want to spend money and go all the way to a public place to take part in a collective reciting of old material?

So that sucked. I bet it was even worse at, say, post-TV Monty Python appearances.
  Tue. 9/3/13 6:55pm robert (karlsruhe! germany):

send him to karlsruhe in south-west germany. hell on earth. ready for some "gallows humor."
Avatar Swag For Life Member Tue. 9/3/13 6:55pm Mike East:

maybe they're butt dialing you, Chris.
  Tue. 9/3/13 6:55pm Shecky Two-Bits:

Heckler's are fine and can even provide additional material for the set if handled properly.
  Tue. 9/3/13 6:55pm your solution:

is a good one, Chris!
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