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Jim Richardson's
"Hecklers:
Taking advantage of rude people
To keep your focus"

Rough Crowd
Photo montage of various animals:  seagull flying by, California raisin gesturing wildly, Great Dane jumping up on his small master -- an eleven year old boy -- and almost knocking him down, cow looking through barbed wire, horses eating out of a trough, Jim's cats staring cross-eyes into the camera
"These animals have been drinking!"
Yahoo in the Audience

Sometimes an audience member shouts out a comment or insult that has nothing to do with your act or speech.
You can ignore the Yahoo's interruption if:
However, if the audience both hears/sees the Yahoo's interruption, and respond to his remark, then you have two choices:
  1. Ignore said interruption only if you can get away with it, and still keep the audience on your side.
  2. Squelch him if you can read how the audience regards him--usually ranging somewhere between:
    loving him for saying just what they had on their mind
    down to hating his guts!
8-)

The only way to get good at squelching hecklers is to consciously practice it a lot.

Problem:
Unlike in the 1950s when the average age of folks attending comedy shows in expensive night clubs was mid-forties,
in today's comedy club the average age is about 25.
In the 1950s, the audience dressed well and drank hard liquor (a distilled or spirituous beverage) like brandy or whiskey.
Whereas, younger audiences are more likely to be drinking a fermented beverage, like wine or beer.
Plus, many misguided comedy club owners have the MC start the show by asking the audience not to heckle.

Youth, dressing down, relatively inexpensive combination of admission and drink prices, less alcohol in patrons and ignorant club management all combine to create a serious problem for stand-up comics:
Not enough heckling!

8-(

Yes: in this quintessential American art form in which traditionally one citizen would get up to address his/her fellow citizens on a level playing field, the tables are now turned.
What to do if we are to bring back equality between performer and each audience member?

Learn how to provoke the audience into heckling.
While still keeping control of this entertainment event.

Why bother?

Because stand-up comedy in its purest sense is really three acts:
1) The act
2) The act to defend the act
3) The act to sell the act.

While you are learning the act to defend the act,
you will also be learning the act to sell your act during media interviews
with goofy interviewers whom you must learn to tame gracefully!


Questions?
•Get in touch: 415-877-4424
jim@Stand-UpComedyWorkshop.com

Jim Richardson
Comedy Coach & Co-Writer
Organized Comedy
PO Box 992
Mill Valley, California 94942-0992
USA

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Calendar | Video: tips | Endorsements: tips | Coaching & Co-Writing | Coaching order form | About Us
Lessons 1-35: Descriptions | Register: Lessons 1-4 | Register: Lessons 5-8 | FAQ | Contact Us

Sub Headings: even more tips!
Studying Comics | Comedy Roots | Comeback? | Defense | Character mask | Robin | Censorship
Writer's block | Camcorder Coaching | Memorizing | Remembering | Stage Movement: setting a bit
Business | Business Cards | Your Web Site | Open Mics | Evil "Bringer Shows" | Audition | MC tips
Promo Packet | Contact media | Interviews | How to get BIG-$ Gig$ | Agents vs. Managers
Newsletter | Goodies | Auditioning: TV & Movie parts | Site Map: more tips
Improvisation: Thinking on Your Feet | Jonthan Winters | Joan Rivers | Hecklers
Funny Money: $25/show or $100 Million/Year from Netflix? Comedy Coach predicts the near future!