Sooner or later every comic has to deal with some opinionated audience member. Generally these hecklers are awful because they mess up timing and pacing for the comic, and tend to throw the entire show off balance, therefore ruining the show for all other paying customers.
SOMETIMES though, hecklers add a great new element to live comedy. Given that the person they’re ripping on makes fun of shit for a living, there’s always a good chance that heckler will get thoroughly owned.
With that, here are great instances in which hecklers were properly put in their place.
At the age of 62, Rodney Dangerfield became the first white rapper to go mainstream when the single, Rappin’ Rodney, crossed over into the pop charts making him the first white rapper to enter Billboard’s Hot 100.
Master impressionist Bill Hader was bringing the audience at the Garage Comedy Show to its knees impersonating everyone from Al Pacino to James Mason at a donut store, when he served a pesky heckler his due justice for interrupting him.
Andrew Dice Clay
Andrew Dice Clay rose to iconic status in the 1980s, selling out hundreds of large arenas with his brash, macho and offensive persona. During his No Apologies comedy special, he proved that he can take it as well as he dishes it, with a hilarious response to a woman who interrupted his routine just to flash him.
Often billing himself as the “ghetto Dr. Phil”, most of Corey Holcomb’s standup material revolves around relationships, particularly relationships gone wrong.
In one of the most legendary heckler putdowns ever, Kenny Moore was performing his routine, when a heckling couple near the stage got the better of him. The clip went viral before the Internet even existed, as dubbed copies of the VHS tape circulated widely. Moore was arrested and spent the weekend in jail.
Growing up, Doug Stanhope bonded with his mother over their shared sense of humor. In his early days as a comic, she’d mockingly mail him parcels containing obesity porn, casette recordings of her own farts, and the obnoxious suits that have now become his trade-mark.
Although he is best known for the FOX series, House, Hugh Laurie has had an exceptional career in character, sketch and slapstick comedy. Nowadays he regularly tours with his band performing material ranging from standup comedy to jazz.
Barry Rothbart has spoken out about his father’s long history in organized crime and ties to the Mafia. At one time he was even a bookie for the Gambino Crime Family.
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