On a recent episode of Louie, we had the pleasure of seeing Louis C.K. rip apart a heckler onstage and then explain to her afterwards why he was within his rights to do so. Tuesday night in real-life Scotland, comedian David Whitney dealt with a similar situation in a much less verbal way. The 31-year-old English standup is facing assault charges for allegedly headbutting a heckler during a late night show at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Whitney apparently lashed out after a member of a 100-person audience wouldn’t stop talking when he was onstage. Police were called, Whitney was arrested and the audience member went to the hospital and got stitches. Whitney’s agent, Pete Sheldrake, had this to say:
“He hasn’t been in contact with me. I’ve heard nothing at all. Would this be out of character for him? Absolutely. He’s a fairly laid-back kind of guy, so I must say I’m absolutely amazed.”
Whitney was released on bail and made no statement at his court appearance. He has since reappeared in his fringe show, The Scot And The Jew: Doubly Cheap.