If you are dumb enough to heckle a stand up comic…

by Sonny Bunch on July 11, 2012

…you deserve what you get. (Background here, here, and here.) Let’s leave aside the tastefulness of the jokes in question or the tastefulness of Daniel Tosh’s response. Let’s also leave aside the fact that it’s rude as f—k to interrupt a performer doing a live act and ruin the experience for the rest of the audience. Instead let’s focus on the “ritual” of heckling, something one of the posters above described as “legitimate part of” a standup act before being set straight by people who actually know what the hell they’re talking about. Here’s the thing about heckling: If you do it, you are going to get destroyed by the person you’re heckling. That’s part of the ritual.

But don’t take my word for it! Let’s head to YouTube and watch the videos after the jump. These are all NSFW for language reasons. I’d recommend using a headphone to watch them. 

Here’s British comic Brendan Burns burning a bitchy viewer:


Here’s Richard Pryor handling drunk a-holes in the audience (stick around to the end):

Here’s Zach Galifianakis, the finest part of G-Force, getting angry at a lady in the audience who was giving him grief/talking during his set:

Here’s Joe Rogan, putting a bro in his place:

So look: If you don’t want to get embarrassed by a comedian, don’t heckle that comedian. They will say terrible things about you and make you cry. If you don’t like what they’re saying, leave. (Even that might not save you: I once saw Tracy Morgan hassle a man with small children leaving an auditorium for “not wanting his kids to know the truth about the world,” or some such.)

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