How To Heckle Comedians, By Comedians

Stand-ups on the best ways to abuse them at this month's Edinburgh Fringe

Alex Horne

“My worst nightmare happened at a recent children’s comedy show. At the start of my 10-minute slot, a boy shouted, ‘You look like the faun on the phone advert.’ For the next 10 minutes he and his friends shouted ‘Faun!’ at me. Then I hobbled off, like a faun.”

 

Tom Craine

“I once heard an audience member turn to his wife and say... ‘I think I might kill myself.’ If it wasn’t a heckle, it was a strange time for him to start that conversation.”

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

 

Robert Delaney

“Are you insane? I’m going to tell you how to heckle me the most effectively? Shame on you for even asking. But since you asked, the best way for you to heckle me would be for you to exit the theatre, and walk 35 miles south. Then take your pants off and attack a police officer.”

David Baddiel

“I used to tell a story about an open mic being heckled with,‘Everybody hates you – you must know from school!’ This story has since been repeated by others, except told as if the heckle was directed at me. So, the collective unconscious has decided that the heckle makes sense for me. Very unfair: I was deeply loved by everybody at school, and only got my head flushed down the toilets once a day. So that one would disturb me if I heard it now.”

Most Popular

Mike Wozniak

“When finishing a set entirely about the fact my mother-in-law lives with me and nothing else, a gentle voice piped up, ‘Does your mother-in-law live with you?’ Simple. Devastating.”


Chris Ramsey

“I love a heckle. They are win-win for me. Two possible outcomes: heckler shouts something funny and relevant to the gig. Whole crowd laugh. I laugh. Win. Heckler shouts something that is not funny/an insult/an indecipherable drunken noise. I make them look like the fool they so clearly are in front of hundreds of people. Win.”

What do you think?

Culture
Share
Benedict Cumberbatch Sang Onstage With Pink Floyd's David Gilmour
The pair sang 'Comfortably Numb'
Mark Walhberg
Culture
Share
Mark Wahlberg Talks Success, Fatherhood And Burgers
A quick chat with the Deepwater Horizon actor​
Apple HQ Battersea
Culture
Share
Apple Is Setting Up A HQ In One Of London's Most Iconic Buildings
Welcome to Battersea, America​
Film
Share
Disney Is Remaking The Lion King Because Nothing Left In This World Is Sacred
Jon Favreau: step away from our childhoods​
Justin Vernon
Culture
Share
Album Review: 22, A Million By Bon Iver
​Bon Iver's new album has a spring in its step​
Warren Beatty
Film
Share
Warren Beatty Says He Didn't Actually Have Sex With 13,000 Women
That myth was too good to be true
fifa 17 gameplay
Culture
Share
This Is How Fifa Video Game Player Ratings Are Really Calculated
From the man in charge of creating them​
The Dude Big Lebowski
GIF
Film
Share
These Are The 21 Greatest Character Exits In Movie History
"The Dude abides"​​
Jamie Vardy
Culture
Share
Jamie Vardy Slowed His Injury Recovery Because He Loved Skittle Vodka Too Much
A hero we can relate to​​​
James Corden and Usain Bolt
TV
Share
Watch James Corden Take On Usain Bolt In A 100 Metre Sprint
Also starring Owen Wilson, for some reason​​​