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The Powerful Powerless

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.20.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

As a comedian, I have a rare job. I stand on stage under a spotlight, and hold a microphone that amplifies my words. It is, in some sorts, a position of power.

Are Heckling Videos Hurting Stand Up Comedy?

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.13.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

I tape most of my shows, and about once a year I run up against a heckler that just needs to be put down. I have a couple clips right now that would probably drive a ton of traffic to my YouTube channel, but I'm not going to post them. 

Two Horrible Shows

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.08.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

As a comedian, I'm often asked two questions: what's your favorite show; what's your least favorite show. While I may not have a "favorite" show, per...

Hecklers: Next Day Regret?

Nathan Timmel | Posted 07.15.2016 | Comedy
Nathan Timmel

In my line of work--stand up comedian--you deal with people who are drinking. As a whole, people are good and can handle their alcohol, but every so often you run into someone who would have done society a favor by staying home.

A Girl Comic and Her Heckler

Lianna Carrera | Posted 01.31.2014 | Comedy
Lianna Carrera

As the night progressed, and each time I'd walk past their group I'd hear him taunt. And each time I'd hide my growing annoyance with a "See ya there!" Comics loathe hecklers for a variety of reasons but we don't fear them.

A Closed Letter to Myself About Thievery, Heckling and Rape Jokes

Patton Oswalt | Posted 08.14.2013 | Comedy
Patton Oswalt

There is a collective consciousness that can detect the presence (and approach) of something good or bad, in society or the world, before any hard "evidence" exists. It's happening now with the concept of "rape culture." Which, by the way, isn't a concept. It's a reality.

That Moment When Ellen Sturtz Heckled Michelle Obama

Maurice Tracy | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Maurice Tracy

How does BlaQueer me cheer on Sturtz for heckling Michelle Obama unless I ignore the racial composition of the encounter? How does BlaQueer me cheer on Michelle Obama for dismissing the heckler unless I ignore Sturtz's position as a second-class citizen vis-à-vis her sexuality?

Why President Obama Is the Most Heckled President

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin's repeated and dragged-out heckling of President Obama during his drone policy speech is simply the latest in a disgusting and damaging repeat act that has become almost ritual.

Drunk Heckler Apologizes

Posted 04.23.2013 | Comedy

We're not always our best selves, especially when we've been drinking. The most important thing is to realize you made a mistake and make amends. Tha...

The Joy of Heckling

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

The person who is heckling you (at work, on the street, in your home) is most likely having a bad day, week, month, quarter, year, or life. If Jesus, himself, was to make a sudden appearance, your heckler would probably find fault with JC's hair, clothes, or accent.

WATCH: Louis C.K. Has No Patience With Heckler

Posted 03.14.2013 | Comedy

If you're going to heckle a comedian -- which you shouldn't ever do, really -- it's definitely a mistake to drunkenly taunt the one guy at the top of ...

Re-Misunderstanding Heckling

Liz Joynt Sandberg | Posted 03.16.2013 | Comedy
Liz Joynt Sandberg

I'm relatively new to comedy, so my skills to shut the heckling down are akin to a dog with a new pair of roller-skates. It's awkward, and while there's usually plenty to laugh at, the dog is totally out of control.

Sorry, Hecklers, You ARE Ruining It For Everyone

Carol Hartsell | Posted 03.09.2013 | Comedy
Carol Hartsell

I've yet to hear a good defense of heckling. What makes comedy thrilling is it is a live experience where, yes, anything could happen. But as an audience, our job is not to make that "anything" happen, it's to be witnesses to it.

Oregon Fan Heckled By ASU Fans

The Huffington Post | Kavitha A. Davidson | Posted 02.06.2013 | Sports

It's always tough for a fan of a visiting team to sit amid the local fans but it can get even rougher when the road side is embarrassing the home team...

Carol Hartsell

Woman Who Threw A Drink At Eddie Griffin Speaks Out | Carol Hartsell | Posted 07.23.2012 | Comedy

The woman who threw a drink at Eddie Griffin during his set at Tommy T's Comedy Club in Pleasanton, California on July 13, is finally speaking out, an...

Newsflash: Any Joke Can Be Funny

Phoebe Robinson | Posted 09.10.2012 | Comedy
Phoebe Robinson

What led up to the exchange between Daniel Tosh and a female audience member at the Laugh Factory is an example of comedy being subjective. However, with comedy, people approach it as one-size-fits-all humor, which is really one-size-fits-me.

'Eve Teasing' and New York Catcalls

Jennifer Hamady | Posted 02.01.2012 | New York
Jennifer Hamady

I, like any man, woman, or child, want to be able to walk two blocks to get a newspaper, a cup of coffee, or to catch a train without being treated in a disrespectful manner.

GOP's Heckling Future Uncertain

John Marshall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
John Marshall

Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) "should have shouted something like, 'Hey, Roe v. Wade called, it wants its central arguments back' or 'Stupak? More like StuPID,'" said one leading heckling expert.

Fox & Friends Laugh Over Pelosi "Burn In Hell" Heckler (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

This morning on Fox & Friends, hosts Steve Doocy and Alisyn Camerota jokingly reenacted the exchange between a heckler and Nancy Pelosi Thursday. A...