We feel like every other story we’ve written this week has been about Big Jay Oakerson. He’s having a moment, new radio show, new special, Oddball, his podcast(s) are doing extremely well. But we musn’t forget that Oakerson is still a stand-up comedian and he’s out hitting clubs constantly, entertaining the masses.
However today, Oakerson took to his social media (something he admittedly doesn’t do often) to describe an altercation that happened last night at The Comic Strip Live comedy club. As Oakerson describes, a fellow comedian William Stephenson was hosting and a couple in the crowd was drinking and being disorderly. After Stephenson had enough of said couple a verbal spat happened, Stephenson – who is much older than the man – nearly came to blows. The club’s security did nothing, Oakerson stepped in to diffuse the situation and the club’s owner freaked out on Oakerson, banning him from the club and threatening to call other club owners in the city to get them to do the same.
Here’s the story as told via Oakerson’s social media, we put them in order to help with the timeline.
Oakerson: A comedian named William Stephenson was hosting at the comic strip on Friday and was dealing with a girl and her bf all show for being disruptive and when the staff didn’t even speak to them or warn or even shush them, he eventually called her a cunt. Her bf jumped on stage to square up to William while all the male staff members watched. William is in his 50’s the guy was in his 20’s… I jumped on stage and removed the guy, walking past the entire staff who were sitting on their hands… I then went on stage and did my set! In the set I explained how good the comic strip used to be and my sadness for what it’s become…. A shitty club! It was once the premier club in nyc and now it’s 30 people on a Friday, drunk and disorderly with no real authority stopping them. The owner texted me today … This is what that went like! Lol
Club Owner: U have some pair of balls.,taking my money and saying what u did about the strip.well rest easy u will get ur wish.you will never perform at the strip @again nor will william.he called a women a cunt.that is unacceptable and u u fucking stuck up for him.lm amazed that u think its okay to talk to women l@ike that and by the way her boyfriend should have beat the shit out of william but for u to defend him and knock the club.u are a piece of shit and l ha@ve everything u and william said recorded.lm going to go out of my way to reach out to all the other club in nyc and let them know what a douchbag u are@.u also had the balls to say hello to me after u berated the strip to hurt it so now its my turn to see if u can withstand all the other clubs knowing h@ow disrespectful u are so thanks for ridding the strip of your presence and william also.see u on the unemployment line.l wont be unemployed but l will @try to see that u 2 are
Oakerson: I actually said hi to you b4 the 2nd show when that all happened… Your staff watched me have to go protect a comic from a charging audience member. Unacceptable!! Lol, you think that’s the way it should have been handled? Honestly?? It’s a shame you don’t see what has happened to your once great business. Unemployment line for me? Doubtful, but give it a shot! Also, I took money for doing my job (which I did) AND the job of bouncer, which you don’t have anymore, in a business that serves alcohol.
Club Owner: Ok l will if u think the club has become a dump its because of assholes like u and william that bring clubs to the ground.believe me ur no eddie murphy@ or jerry sienfield or adam or ray or larry and u know it.personally l think the other club owners would be very interested to know what u are capable @of.
Oakerson: Larry miller or Larry David?? I’m at least a Larry miller, no? (Sorry Larry miller, that’ was just funny)
Club Owner: Who the fuckare u to think u can defend a mc that calls a women a cunt.trust me if there was a bouncer.l would have told him to leavethe room and let th@e boyfriend beat the crap out ofwilliam and u also.do u think it went over well with the audience.william and u both look like assholes even the other c@omics are talkng about it dont bother me anymore.let comedy central think your great. (Lol, he texted me!)
Oakerson: I think when an audience member is being unruly for the whole show and fucking it up, and the club does NOTHING about it, a comic can say whatever he wants. You wishing violence on a comic from the audience is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard a person say! Do you really feel that way and think that people are gonna get behind that? Cmon Ritchie, you gotta be wiser than that buddy! Thanks for the vote of luck with Comedy Central… I’ll keep you posted
After retelling the entire account, Oakerson ends with his final thoughts.
Any club owner who believes even the harshest of words from a comic, especially when the club has no security, should have physical violence done to them is a next level moron!! #WhatABoob. For the record, I said on stage Friday night that this will be my last performance at the comic strip because it’s gone to complete shit. Even after all those terrible things he called me, I unlike him, hope nothing physically bad happens to him. That’s the difference between a dumb cunt and a real person
Is this the end of the story, who knows? But Oakerson is having fun with his fans on social media using #WhosBetterThanJay with some hilarious suggestions playing off the “Larry” parts as to what comedians are better than him.
Update [7/15/15]: The Comic’s Comic has an update to the story that includes video of said altercation, clarity that there was a bouncer present, and a word from the club owners that nobody is banned from said club.