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Date: Friday, February 24th, 2012 10:36 am (UTC)
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The heckling story is vile. But I also think I know why no one in the audience intervened - I don't think it's the psychological effect you mentioned so much as the idea that it's part of the comedian's job to deal with hecklers, and the way in which they do so is one of the ways in which a comic is judged by the audience.

And then when hecklers cross the line between being an attention-seeking drunk and becoming potentially dangerous, or even just not knowing when to shut up, well, the venue should chuck them out.

I sort of expect to see a heckler or two, and I have judged comedians based on how well they deal with the disruption (Craig Charles the clear front runner: "Damn, I was about to do my impression of a t*** and you beat me to it."). So I wouldn't have stuck my head over the parapet because as far as I'm concerned it's part of the performance and if it goes beyond that, the guy should be ejected. I think the venue failed to support and protect their performer, and their failure to intervene ruined an evening's entertainment for the audience. Plus of course, if I was tempted to speak up in this case, I'd fear the White Knight label.

Date: Friday, February 24th, 2012 11:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] londonkds
Yes, I agree that the club management and the bouncers were far more at fault for that situation than audience members who weren't being paid to confront someone who sounds like he might potentially have reacted by glassing the confronter in the face.

Date: Friday, February 24th, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
I don't go to comedy clubs as much as I used to, because it's a surprisingly small world and you quickly end up seeing a lot of material being recycled. Tolerating heckling is not really letting someone ruin a show, it's enjoying the performer rip into the boorish idiot. And it is usually just an idiot being dared to yell something out by one of their mates. If it's anything more than that, then I do think it's the venue staff's duty to intervene.

Craig Charles... Mary adores him, because she's only 20, knows nothing of his offscreen reputation and has just finished watching the whole run of classic Red Dwarf (and two recordings of the new series). He was being a bit flirty with her in the Green Room and she was utterly charmed. I shared a few anecdotes from the 24 hours he spent at Brum Uni in 1999, and she's switched her adoration to Rob and Chris now.

Date: Saturday, February 25th, 2012 07:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
Rob's brilliant - especially the way he stays in character throughout recording (even while taking a cigarette break in the car park with "Mr Lister").

And Danny's just a force of nature, really. He doesn't even have the good grace to look knackered after four hours of filming. I guess that's his dance background showing.

Date: Friday, February 24th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC)
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You should never beat yourself up for being who you are.

This did, however, make me think of you:

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