Comedians Vs. Hecklers: Laughspin’s six favorite takedowns

By | September 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm | 27 comments | feature slider, Features, Lists | Tags: , , , , , ,

I think it’s safe to say that all most comedians ever want to do is tell jokes and make people laugh. But all too often, some wise-ass decides that he or she wants to get involved and steal the spotlight. We call these miserable low lives that needed more hugs growing up hecklers. And when a heckler decides to act up and interrupt the show, many a comedian decide to leave the venue’s security team out of it and to give said audience member their own personal verbal spanking. This is a list of some of our favorite heckler takedowns.

Joe Rogan Smacks Down UFC Fan:

There are several quality videos of the former and now current Fear Factor host handling unruly audience members. Rogan generally invites it since he does Q&A a lot at the end of a lot of his shows, but this time it was a drunk who took off his silly t-shirt to show his embarrassing tattoos that got Joe Rogan pissed off.

Jimmy Carr Talks Mothers:

Master joke writer Jimmy Carr remains completely calm when a heckler brings up having sex with his mom during the taping of one of his comedy specials. The British comedian made it seem effortless when he completely annihilated both the man and the man’s mother in front of hundreds of people.

Jamie Kennedy Rips ‘Server’

Jamie Kennedy is filming his stand-up special Unwashed when a woman in the audience interrupts the taping to correct his diction, informing him that insecure waitresses prefer to be called “servers”. What’s the catch? This woman’s not even a ‘server’; she’s a nanny. Check out how Jamie demolishes her.

Joe Klocek Invites Heckler On Stage:

A comedian’s power lies not just in his/her witty comebacks but also in having a microphone. Joe Klocek dealt with a drunk man that demanded the microphone by bringing him right up on stage with him. Watch as the heckler becomes the heckled. Sweet justice.

Bill Hicks Loses It on Female Audience Member:

The late Bill Hicks can be seen in this infamous clip kicking out a woman being loud during his performance. This took place towards the latter end of Hicks’s career and we see what happens when a heckler pisses off the wrong comic.

Bill Burr vs. Philadelphia

The best heckle battle of all time is hands down Bill Burr’s rant in Philadelphia on Opie and Anthony’s Traveling Virus tour. The entire audience is booing him in the beginning of his set and by the end, they lovingly hate him as they cheer on his incredible handling of the situation. Burr manages to rip into every sports team the city of Brotherly Love has to offer, as he counts down each remaining minute of his set. Burr takes a stand and decides to stick it to the unruly mob instead of cowering and pandering. Check it out.

Do you have your own favorites heckler takedowns? Share them in the comments section!

Bill Burr photo by Mike Carano; mikecarano.com

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  • Spiggy

    Bill Burr is has and always will be king. He’s the best comedian of this generation ahead of Louis CK.

    • Spiggy

      LOL WTF did I just say. I meant to “is and always will be king”

  • Max

    The hands-down best reaction I’ve ever seen to a heckler comes from Louie CK, who, on his Live From the Beacon Theater special, just cuts off a heckler mid-shout and says “Shut up. Idiot.” then continues. Perfect, doesn’t interrupt the show, everything goes off smoothly. Much better than a screaming hissyfit diatribe like Bill Hicks was wont to give, or that god-awful Jamie Kennedy clip where he’s enjoying his own 7th-grade-caliber comebacks more than anyone else in the room. Just shut them up and move on.

  • http://twitter.com/CJones_RoY3 corey jones

    Hecklers suck

  • http://twitter.com/CJones_RoY3 corey jones

    There is nothing better then when a comedian crushes a heckler on stage

  • Barbie

    RIch Vos on Martin Lawrence 1st Amendment is a must see heckler take down.

  • Kinison Fan

    From the late great Sam Kinison…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3tOcZz4m11A

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BVWDN5RTKJXY5PXYFJULOXNCCQ ayatollahofrocknrolla

    How dare they boo Bill Burr, one of the funniest comics along with Stanhope & Rogan.

  • Ogandwhat

    Here is a take down of a drunk heckler with a thick mexican accent!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zWXp6tJdOU 

  • http://www.facebook.com/davidbradfordbutler David Bradford Butler

    These were all great. Bill Burr is one of the smartest, fiercest, most committed comedians ever and certainly one of the best of our time.

  • Dblackburn
  • Meccanobravado

    People need to stop praising Jimmy Carr for that heckler response.  He got that whole thing from Rodney Dangerfield, Dangerfield has the exact same response in one of his CDs that’s 30 years old.

  • Art Hermansen

    I tell hecklers that if they feel the need to yell out at somebody on stage from the safety of the dark inside the anonymity of the crowd, that even though they are not aware of their other personality, they are still legally responsible for what it says.  Then I tell the audience that if anyone is sitting next to that person, move a few seats a way if possible, for safety’s sake

    The Lone Comic

  • Art Hermansen

    I tell hecklers that if they feel the need to yell out at somebody on stage from the safety of the dark inside the anonymity of the crowd, that even though they are not aware of their other personality, they are still legally responsible for what it says.  Then I tell the audience that if anyone is sitting next to that person, move a few seats a way if possible, for safety’s sake

    The Lone Comic

  • John C Schlotfelt

    T.J. Miller just eviscerated some drunk asshole last night in Chicago; it was easily one of the most enjoyable portions of the evening. If youtube footage arises, I’ll post it.

  • Josh

    don’t you think it’s odd that the camera crew was already set up to get the woman in Jammie Kennedy’s video on tape?

  • Jwroth12

    what about patton oswalt yelling at the guy about rape goblins…. way better than any of this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBguQZzXzyw listen at 2:20 but watch the whole thing hahaha

  • Haha

    Oh come on, the Jamie Kennedy one was obviously staged.

  • Andrew

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtjx-yplqTw

    UK comic Richard Herring dealing with a heckler. Gold.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AstraLena Astra Lena

    These are all really, really good. First time hearing Joe Klocek – I laughed, I cried, I ROLF’d.

  • Keelehowardstone
  • http://www.seattlecomedy.net/petergreyy.html Peter Greyy

    Doesn’t anyone else feel like this is like a “Best Hockey Fights” video? 

    It seems odd to be celebrating something that “shouldn’t” happen…something that is a direct distraction to what is supposed to be enjoyable about what most people were there to see.  Whatever the entertainment value (and I’ve seen some entertaining hockey fights…just as some of the videos of heckler pwnage can be entertaining, when taken out of the context) it is always a sign that something has gone wrong, and that most people who are there aren’t getting to see what they came there to see.

    To me, the best heckler response is a groan from the audience that someone’s interrupted a show they paid to see…and then the club staff quickly escorting the heckler out, so the show can continue. 

  • Chris

    I love how Kyle Kinane can simultaneously demolish this heckler and still give the appearance of being completely defeated throughout. “Look at you, you’re like South Side Ewok!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOfPT48giJw

  • Chris

    I love how Kyle Kinane can simultaneously demolish this heckler and still give the appearance of being completely defeated throughout. “Look at you, you’re like South Side Ewok!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOfPT48giJw

  • Standupjoe68

    Thanks for including me among some amazing comics! P.S. I just released my own CD, Life is a Joke. You can get it on iTunes or at my site standupjoe.com
    Thanks guys.

  • http://twitter.com/BlueLanugo John Silver

    This is one of my favorite.  She’s gonna get her “goons” after him!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPQP-9OpCqk

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1357800271 Sam Davies

    This was part of his TV show but I think its what every comic wants to say to a heckler everytime.

    LOUIS CK:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNRNCk3YwqE

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