Eight Types of Hecklers and the Comedians Who Shut Them Up
In the 2007 documentary Heckler, Joe Rogan says that “the number one thing about hecklers is 100% of them are douchebags." A stand-up comedian's act depends on the audience reaction by nature, but when someone attempts to derail the performer's work, well, that's something a douchebag would do. Still, heckling creates exciting moments of discomfort for the audience, and hecklers have instigated some great moments in comedy (Bryson Turner's comeback) as well as some terrible moments (Michael Richards incident). Whether the outcome is funny, awkward, or awful, the eternal battle between heckler and stand-up is always fun to watch. Here are eight kinds of hecklers, and fifteen different ways of dealing with them. 1. Joe Rogan embraces hecklers like few other comedians, and his confrontation with this strange young woman is another drop in the bucket. Instead of making a joke out of his heckler, George Carlin instead opts to unleash his fury. 2. Rule #1: Always say yes. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
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