This Week In Comedy: Rise of the Heckler
Two really really terrible things happened this weekend to comedians and they both spawned from hecklers. First, Tammy Pescatelli literally having a glass of wine thrown at her during a Florida show and Eddie Griffin getting a drink tossed on him which resulted in him dumping water on another heckler.
These two events happening right on the heels of the Daniel Tosh debacle leads me to ask just one question…
WHAT. THE. HELL. IS GOING ON!?
Having the debate about how blue a joke can get on message boards and in editorial stories is one thing. But attacking someone with glass is next level. And the escalation of heckler vs comedian is, for lack of a better way of putting it, bad for the business of comedy in general. This is comedy, no one is supposed to get hurt or be threatened at their place of work.
What’s the solution to this?
Better security at the club?
A few weeks back we were guests on Robert Kelly’s You Know What Dude? Podcast right after Patton Oswalt’s heckler incident. Kelly suggested that comedy clubs could provide better security to handle heckler situations better and part of the responsibility is on the club owners to provide a safe environment for everyone.
Perhaps it’s the crowd?
If you are going into a club with intentions other than just sitting down, shutting up, and laughing, then just don’t go. If you can’t handle your liquor, don’t drink as much maybe? If you feel it’s your place to ruin an experience for the entire room because you’d like to disrupt the show?
Maybe it’s the comedians?
Is their material crossing too many lines? Is there really a thought police out there trying to silence their words? How far is too far?
Hell, I don’t know the answer and more importantly there’s probably not just one simple solution to the issue. All I know is this is not a good trend, and perhaps more than one party needs to start taking share in the blame.
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