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Anthology of heckler putdowns

GUEST,SRD 16 Jun 11 - 04:38 PM
Phil Edwards 16 Jun 11 - 03:44 PM
The Sandman 16 Jun 11 - 03:42 PM
Sugwash 16 Jun 11 - 08:55 AM
GUEST,Desi C 16 Jun 11 - 08:29 AM
GUEST,Colin Holt 16 Jun 11 - 05:50 AM
Jeri 16 Jun 11 - 12:20 AM
GUEST 16 Jun 11 - 12:08 AM
Don Firth 15 Jun 11 - 06:52 PM
Don Firth 15 Jun 11 - 06:48 PM
Acorn4 15 Jun 11 - 06:14 PM
kendall 15 Jun 11 - 05:41 PM
GUEST,Seonaid 15 Jun 11 - 05:35 PM
Mark Ross 15 Jun 11 - 05:20 PM
GUEST,Liane 15 Jun 11 - 04:37 PM
GUEST, 15 Jun 11 - 04:29 PM
Greg B 10 Jul 06 - 01:05 PM
Melani 10 Jul 06 - 02:01 AM
GUEST,Floor Zit 09 Jul 06 - 09:17 AM
Geordie-Peorgie 09 Jul 06 - 07:26 AM
John-S 09 Jul 06 - 05:03 AM
GUEST,Floor Zit 09 Jul 06 - 03:40 AM
Slag 08 Jul 06 - 04:36 PM
Amos 06 Jul 06 - 08:37 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 06 Jul 06 - 08:18 PM
Don(Wyziwyg)T 06 Jul 06 - 08:14 PM
Matt_R 06 Jul 06 - 06:17 PM
Bill Hahn//\\ 06 Jul 06 - 05:49 PM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 06 Jul 06 - 02:18 PM
Greg B 06 Jul 06 - 02:10 PM
IvanB 06 Jul 06 - 01:50 PM
JennyO 06 Jul 06 - 12:12 PM
Charmion 06 Jul 06 - 11:52 AM
Girl Friday 05 Jul 06 - 08:29 PM
Don Firth 23 May 06 - 05:59 PM
Wesley S 23 May 06 - 04:35 PM
Seamus Kennedy 23 May 06 - 04:04 PM
GUEST,Cluin 23 May 06 - 03:31 PM
mandotim 23 May 06 - 02:13 PM
alanabit 23 May 06 - 09:54 AM
kendall 23 May 06 - 08:56 AM
greg stephens 23 May 06 - 07:11 AM
jojofolkagogo 23 May 06 - 06:51 AM
Diva 23 May 06 - 06:42 AM
stallion 23 May 06 - 06:29 AM
bfdk 23 May 06 - 06:25 AM
alanabit 23 May 06 - 02:49 AM
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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST,SRD
Date: 16 Jun 11 - 04:38 PM

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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST,Floor Zit
Date: 09 Jul 06 - 03:40 AM

First heard from either Blossom or the Bishop of Shinners Rats:

"Listen sonny, I'm a professional, just like your Mother"

I think it was Blossom (with a handful of socks stuffed down his underpants), at the Tramshed in Woolwich, some time in the mid eighties, when they were taking part in a 'Battle of the Bands' as Kohlers Apes, and it was said to a particularly large skinhead who had taken the piss when Blossom picked up a guitar. For a moment the whole place went quiet before dissolving into laughter. Rumour has it that, for one moment, Blossom thought he'd gone too far - as if!
It was the same night that a couple of army musicians from Woolwich Barracks had gasped in astonishment "That's a twelve bar blues! These blokes can actually play!"


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Phil Edwards
Date: 16 Jun 11 - 03:44 PM

Don - don't worry, we were hoping you'd do that one!


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: The Sandman
Date: 16 Jun 11 - 03:42 PM

Dick Miles, said "When they circumcised you they thew the wrong bit away


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Sugwash
Date: 16 Jun 11 - 08:55 AM

'Banjo' Barney McKenna: "If there's a price on your head, I'd sell it!"


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST,Desi C
Date: 16 Jun 11 - 08:29 AM

Not original but the one I use often is "sit down and plug your chair in"
or, "let's have a whip round and buy this guy a life"
or, "are you on your own?" !yes "I'm not surprised"
or, "no don't boo him, I have a soft spot for this chap...it's called a Swamp"
or, "does the nurse know you're here?"
or "ah, I was wondering who the club idiot was1"
or, I had just got up to sing one night and said I'd like to sing you an Irish song, guy shouts "go on Paddy sing an Oirish one" So I said "right this one's for the racist Bastard at the back" got the biggest cheer ever ;)
And Finally this from the old music hall comic Max Wall, he'd been through a rough time with the press over some scandal, guy starts heckling, Max waks slowly over puts his nose up to the huy's head and said "sit down sonny, I've been heckled by experts"


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST,Colin Holt
Date: 16 Jun 11 - 05:50 AM

What about..

..Ahh! seems we have a wit in the audience... Unfortunately only half of him as turned up tonight !!


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Jeri
Date: 16 Jun 11 - 12:20 AM

I'm actually sort of happy about the fact it took me a while to figure out why that was a put-down.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jun 11 - 12:08 AM

Heckling Student: WHAT?!

Professor J. Hill Hammond: Homosexuals are generally hard of hearing.

(This was back in the seventies, when such terms were used.)


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Don Firth
Date: 15 Jun 11 - 06:52 PM

Oh, boy! My apologies.

I just looked back through the previous portions of this thread and discovered that I had posted this same story (but not word for word) about seven years ago.

Gad, I must be slipping. . . .

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Don Firth
Date: 15 Jun 11 - 06:48 PM

One of those gloriously triumphant moments.

It was sometime in the very early 1960s, and I was singing my regular gig at a Seattle coffeehouse called "The Corroboree." The owner (Stan James, a very fine singer himself--CLICKY) was a bit of an Austrailophile , hence the name. The Corroboree was a nice place, almost like a non-alcoholic night club (unless you knew where Stan kept the stuff) and it had a fairly wide-ranging clientele, from lots of folkies to the after-concert, after-show crowd later in the evening. I had been singing there since before Stan bought it, when was called "The Place Next Door" (owned by the man who also owned the Guild 45th, and art and foreign film theater next door, hence that name at the time).

Anyway, there was a guy named Alex who used to drop in every few weeks. Alex said he was an actor. But I don't know of anything he ever acted in. He seemed to be perpetually "between roles." And he was full of advice for all kinds of performers, including me. He tended to be quite pompous at times, and he DID have a strong stage voice. He could get quite loud at times and often made a real annoyance of himself when others were performing, as if HE wanted to share in the spotlight.

One evening Alex came in and joined a small group of people at one of the back tables, and while I sang, he kept up a running dissertaion on something, demonstrating his stage projection. Other patrons in the place kept giving him dirty looks and trying to shush him, and it was obvious to others that he was embarrassing his table companions.

Finally, I had had it! When I finished the song I was singing, I leaned into the microphone (which the Corroboree didn't really need because it already had very good acoustics) and said "Alex!" very loudly.

My voice boomed through the place like the Voice of God.

Alex looked up, startled.

"Alex! Shut the hell up!!"

His eyes popped and his chin dropped. After an initial second or two of shock, the rest of the people in the place burst into applause! About that time, Stan came out of the kitchen, picked up Alex's check, tore it up, and pointed to the door.

Hastily, Alex got up and walked out, with the audience still applauding.

The rest of the evening went very smoothly.

Not brilliantly witty, but VERY effective. I never saw him again.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Acorn4
Date: 15 Jun 11 - 06:14 PM

I didn't realise this village had two village idiots - are you on a jobshare?


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: kendall
Date: 15 Jun 11 - 05:41 PM

I've never had a heckler.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST,Seonaid
Date: 15 Jun 11 - 05:35 PM

(Smiling prettily:) "Aww, you always hurt the one you love..."


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Mark Ross
Date: 15 Jun 11 - 05:20 PM

"Do I come down and break your sister's red light bulb when she's working?"

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST,Liane
Date: 15 Jun 11 - 04:37 PM

Robin Williams, years ago when he was doing stand-up:

"That's Tommy: he's sharing a brain with a friend. 'Duh, here, you take it for a while ...'"


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST,
Date: 15 Jun 11 - 04:29 PM

"If I wanted to hear from an arsehole, I would've farted...

Now f**k off!"

Gotta love it!


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Greg B
Date: 10 Jul 06 - 01:05 PM

Hmmm...I always had quite the impression that this was a regular
part of Tommy's act. If you hear him recorded on the old 'Folk Songs
and Minstrelsy' boxed set, which I understand was mostly recorded
at an early 60's Newport Folk Festival, he's clearly doing his
sewing and spitting thing there, to punctuate the chorus.

I never tire of his riposte to a quiet audience...'Let's all
join hands and contact the living.'

To be sure, to be sure...


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Melani
Date: 10 Jul 06 - 02:01 AM

I heard a story about Tommy Makem when he was first starting out, performing at some festival, I think. He walked out on stage and the audience completely ignored him, kept babbling away. So he sat down and took off his shoe, turned it over, and began to tap imaginary nails into the sole. After a couple of minutes of this, when there was dead silence and every eye was riveted upon him, he started singing "Dick Darby the Cobbler."


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST,Floor Zit
Date: 09 Jul 06 - 09:17 AM

Not exactly a 'heckler putdown' more of a 'noisy woman putdown'... (another one first heard from Skinner's Rats):

"Take her home, I think she's ready"


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 09 Jul 06 - 07:26 AM

Aah wez once in a folk club where two lady visitors who had 'popped in because we heard the music' were unaware of club protocol and were carrying on a conversation over the singers.

One performer (in between numbers) pointed out the correct behavior to which one lady apologised but the other took umbrage and declared that "If I want to carry on a conversation in public - I Will"

To which the performer replied - "My Goodness! It's You!!! We were all wondering what happened to you and your sister after Cinderella got married"

Another great put-down is "I see you've found the antidote to 'Oil Of Olay/Grecian 2000/etc"


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: John-S
Date: 09 Jul 06 - 05:03 AM

Another one from Danny Kyle.

Can I borrow your face? I want to haunt a house.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST,Floor Zit
Date: 09 Jul 06 - 03:40 AM

First heard from either Blossom or the Bishop of Shinners Rats:

"Listen sonny, I'm a professional, just like your Mother"


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Slag
Date: 08 Jul 06 - 04:36 PM

Whatever your response to the offender is, just remember the vast majority of the audience is on your side. Know WHO your audience is, who the tenderst heart belongs to and gear your response to not offend THAT person (Hopefully, that would be you!) Always bring the audience in on your side and make the heckler aware that he/she is the focus of everyone's interrupted entertainment. If you are a musician learn a few funny little ditties that clump, bump and mimic someone in their cups. Often no words are needed. Keep it fun. Keep it light. If you know going in that it's a rowdy crowd or there is a potential for things to get out of hand set a few strategies up with the bouncer(s) or management before hand.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Amos
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 08:37 PM

A friend an I were swapping moments performing at a campsite, but he was having too much fun, and was just carrying on conversations with the folks listening, whenever I was doing a song. When he played, I would back him up or just stand quietly. Very irritating... Finally we came to a lull, and he turned and asked, "What do y' want to do?". I said, "Here - stand back here and do a song, and I'll stand in front of you and talk loudly to the audience...".   The whole gang cracked up, and he tuned bright red.

Ah well. It was a loverly evening anyway.

A


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 08:18 PM

P.S. In the poor guy's defence, I should admit that he came and apologised afterward, and turned out to be a nice, if rather thoughtless, bloke.

His face was still bright red, after half an hour.

DT


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 08:14 PM

To a persistent natterer in the audience:-

Me: "Excuse me sir.....yes you sir. Haven't I seen you before?"

Him: Errrr, no, I don't think so"

Me: "I'm sure I have seen you before, I never forget a face"

Him: (turning a bit pink) "NO, we've never met"

Me: "AH YES! I have it, I've seen you on television. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a celebrity with us tonight. Please give a big round of applause to (pause for effect)....INTERFERENCE".

Big laugh, and silence for the rest of the set.

Don T.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Matt_R
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 06:17 PM

You sucked so hard I got windburn on my lips.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Bill Hahn//\\
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 05:49 PM

How about this from Groucho Marx---I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But, with this crowd, this is not it.

Or Winston Churchill who was a great wit: I wager you are a modest little person---and you have much to be modest about.


Bill Hahn


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 02:18 PM

The one I enjoyed giving out with the most arose when I was singing at a club in Nottingham. There was a geezer sat right in front of me with a woman on either side. The three of them kept up a barrage of natter all the way through both sets.

When my night of purgatory was finished and I was glad to get out of the place, he came over. "Really enjoyed the evening", he said. "You've a grand voice".

"Thanks for the compliment", replies I. "When's you're funeral ?"

"I'll let you know", says he.

"Please do," I said. "I'll come and talk all the way through it."

He went absolutely ballistic and stomped off into the night shouting "You wouldn't last five minutes in an Irish band". Who would want to if it meant suffering an idiot like him.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Greg B
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 02:10 PM

As an audience member with a gaggle of magpies behind or beside me,
I find it quite effective to simply turn, fold my hands, and
feign rapt attention to what is going on with them, rather than
on stage. Stops them cold in seconds.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: IvanB
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 01:50 PM

While I understand that performer/heckler repartee can be entertaining in many cases, I wonder about the audience members in some of the more extreme instances mentioned here. As a member of the audience I rarely hesitate to chide persons who are detracting from my enjoyment of a performance, especially if it's something I've paid to attend. I figure their paid attendance doesn't give them the automatic right to ruin MY experience.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: JennyO
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 12:12 PM

"You must have come from the shallow end of the gene pool"

I remember somebody - not sure who, it might have been Martin Pearson, who on hearing somebody's mobile phone ringing, invited them to give him the phone, and he chatted to the person on the other end about what was happening. If it wasn't Martin, then it certainly was the sort of thing he might do.

Anyone who has been lucky enough to hear him in action, particularly in his shows with John Thompson, knows that playing with hecklers is very much a part of the entertainment. He's very quick wit, and always has a good line for any occasion. Unfortunately I can't remember any of them right now.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Charmion
Date: 06 Jul 06 - 11:52 AM

Stan Rogers to a persistent natterer in an Ottawa night club, summer 1981: "Sir -- yes, you sir. First time on the planet, sir?"


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Girl Friday
Date: 05 Jul 06 - 08:29 PM

Mike Harding circa 1976 - "Check your flies - I think your brain's falling out"


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Don Firth
Date: 23 May 06 - 05:59 PM

I can't say that I've had to deal with that many hecklers. It just didn't happen that often. But in most of the places I've performed, if someone started up with me or any of the other singers, the management was on them like a cougar on a rabbit. One coffeehouse owner in particular, Stan, a fine performer himself, was really good about that. If someone got disruptive, Stan would come out of the kitchen, quietly tell them that whatever they had was on the house, and then say, "Now get out. And don't come back."

There was one occasion where a guy was trying to talk louder than I could sing—and I had the mike. I knew the guy. He was an ordained jerk. People kept shushing him, but he kept right on running his mouth. Stan had stepped out for a moment, so he didn't hear him, otherwise he would have bounced him. So I didn't try to be cute, I just took the direct approach. I paused in mid-song, leaned in to within an inch or two of the mike (which was normally about a foot and a half away), and simply said, "Alex! Shut the hell up!!" Like the Voice of God booming through the place.

When the crowd burst into applause, he got up and left very quickly. I never saw him again.

In a place like a coffeehouse, it's perhaps a little much to expect everybody in the audience to remain dead quiet while one is singing. But common courtesy demands that they keep it down and not disturb the performer or those who are listening. Usually someone at a nearby table would lean over and put a quiet word in their ear (something similar to what I said to Alex). On the occasion when a conversation became audible beyond a few feet and no one else intervened, I found that if I waited before starting my next song and just looked at them, the rest of the audience would also turn and stare at them. It was as if we were all waiting for them to finish their conversation so we could continue. It proved very effective.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Wesley S
Date: 23 May 06 - 04:35 PM

At a Martin Mull concert many years ago - he had some stragglers show up about 20 minutes into the show. He said "You're Late!" and proceed to tell them everything they had missed. "Well first I came in stage right and I sat down. Then I got a big laugh when I took my gum out and stuck in on the chair. Then I started my first song....."


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 23 May 06 - 04:04 PM

Correct, Cluin.
Never mess with the guy with the mic.
You may be funnier, you may be faster, but he's louder.

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST,Cluin
Date: 23 May 06 - 03:31 PM

Always remember... You are the one with the microphone.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: mandotim
Date: 23 May 06 - 02:13 PM

Guest Gargoyle; do you you have a list of forthcoming gigs? Perhaps I could come along and take exception to something you sing or play?
;) Tim from Bit on the Side


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: alanabit
Date: 23 May 06 - 09:54 AM

Let's face it, a lot of them don't need our help to make them look foolish!


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: kendall
Date: 23 May 06 - 08:56 AM

It's much more satisfying to out smart hecklers, and it's usually not hard to do. Make them look foolish, it really takes little effort.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: greg stephens
Date: 23 May 06 - 07:11 AM

I am crap with hecklers. For a start, I never hear what they actually say, so I have to say "Sorry?". Then, if they repeat it, I can never think of anything to say at all. So I tend to smile weakly, and get on with what I was doing.
   I would like to commend something I've always admired in JOhn from Hull's writing. It is a riposte he often uses. If someone writes a particularly insulting post directed at him, or posts a particuarly well-argued and well-documented reply to one of his assertions, he replies, very simply:
   "oh"


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: jojofolkagogo
Date: 23 May 06 - 06:51 AM

I want to say that "dirty" responses just make YOU look smaller than the heckler - WIT is the only proper response to hecklers - even if it does go completely over their heads !!! (but most of the audience will get it).

So, dont be dirty, be FUNNY !

Jo-Jo


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Diva
Date: 23 May 06 - 06:42 AM

I usually ask them if they'd like to get up and sing.....so far no ones taken up the offer.....


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: stallion
Date: 23 May 06 - 06:29 AM

I agree with some that say heckling can add to an act. Try South Shields folk club, the rapore is cutting, witty and hilarious, no one is immune, even people on crutches ("gethim a set of roller blades") let alone the guest! This is good humoured and makes the club one of the friendliest and ameniable places I have ever guested in. I can't get on with people who deliberately set outwreck an evening, probably jealous because they are not the centre of attention.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: bfdk
Date: 23 May 06 - 06:25 AM

Not about heckling exactly, but one that I remember still, although it happened about 20 years ago:

The light had been dimmed and the McCalmans had just started with the opening chords of the first song in the second set, when two stragglers, young girls, started making their way past some 15 pairs of knees to get to their seats in the middle of the second row. Not a word was said from the stage, but the Macs "looped" the opening chords, playing them over and over again, while three pairs of eyes followed the two unfortunates from the stage all the way to their seats, heads turning in unison to mark their progress. This took a while, and by the time they reached their seats, every eye in the audience was looking their way. Once the two were safely parked, the Macs effortlessly picked up where they'd left off, and spontaneous applause broke out.

Bente


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: alanabit
Date: 23 May 06 - 02:49 AM

Another one I like:
"You see, it's not always a bad thing when they raise the price of beer..."


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: alanabit
Date: 23 May 06 - 02:48 AM

I'm on the side of Seamus and Mandotim. If I am wrestling on the floor with my seven year old son, you will rightly surmise that I am a pussy cat and use about as much force. I have trained in martial arts several times a week for many years now, so I have been taught to watch my manners at all times and never fight unnecessarily. It would be unwise to expect me to use the same tactics if you mugged me in a back alley though!
The level of your response depends upon the situation you are in. Like Seamus, my primary aim is to keep myself in a position to entertain the audience. I don't mind a heckler getting in a line or two at my expense, but I am getting paid to do the job - and I'm buggered if I'll hand the job over to a drunk.


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: Seamus Kennedy
Date: 23 May 06 - 02:17 AM

It depends on the heckler.
If he/she is witty and adds to the performance, then the give and take can enhance the show, and the audience will enjoy it.

Since it's MY show, I usually have the last line, but if the heckler is good I will occasionally let him/her have the last laugh.

If the heckler is drunk and/or abusive and can't be stopped with a couple of zingers, and is distracting the audience, then I'll say politely that they are spoiling it for everyone else and ask them to quiet down. If that doesn't work, take a break and call the bouncer.

Once in a while a drunk heckler can be very funny, but if I give him/her too much latitude then he/she wants to be the star of the show, so giving him/her too much attention can backfire as well.

The ones who really annoy me are the patrons who make a big deal out of requesting a particular song and then talk all the way through it.
That's when I stop singing, and address them directly: "here's the song you requested, will you for heaven's sake listen to it!"

I had a guy one time who requested a song, and when I started singing it, he got up and went to the bathroom.
So I unplugged my guitar, got down off the stage and followed him in, and stood behind him at the urinal singing the song. I said: "Here's your request; I didn't want you to miss it."
The crowd had followed me, so the toilet was full of men and women watching me sing to a guy taking a leak. What a jolly moment!!

Seamus


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Subject: RE: Anthology of heckler putdowns
From: GUEST
Date: 22 May 06 - 10:54 PM

"Your Mind Is On Vacation" by Mose Allison
"The Hecler" by Loudon Wainwright III


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