This article is from 2007.
Jim Jeffries isn’t the only comic on the receiving end of trouble from their audience. Brian Donaldson compiles some tales of terror
At a late-night Spank! show, Andrew Lawrence (pictured) foolishly challenged a heckler to a duel. As Lawrence unpopped his shirt in a decidedly unmanly fashion, the heckler rugby-tackled the startled comic, before another performer saved the day . . .
Robin Ince claims to have been attacked by a klingon in a field in Glastonbury. He also recalls
being shoved up against a cistern by a fellow comic after describing him as a ‘stage hog’. They’re still good friends . . .
Liam Mullone’s jokes about Ayrton Senna upset a touchy Formula One fan who muttered retribution for his dead hero. An accusation of pretension and a separate threat followed Mullone’s response: ‘At the request of the horse from Picasso’s “Guernica”, the Ayrton Senna joke has been cancelled’ . . .
Alistair Barrie’s material about Prince Harry and the Nazi armband was misunderstood by a punter who claimed the comic ‘was a fucking racist’. Said punter was forcibly removed and told to pay attention in the future . . .
Brendon Burns once discovered that both he and his persistent heckler were struggling to quit smoking: ‘We eventually hugged and sang “One Day at a Time”’ . . .
Gordon Southern once paid a heckler to leave but the chap pocketed the dough and stayed. He received his cash back later after threatening the youth who later sobered up and awaited the comic’s exit from the venue . . .
When Tom Stade castigated a young lady in his front row for chatting on her mobile phone, he got a drink over his head while the attacker received many fleas in the ear on her way out . . .
A decade ago at Late’N’Live, Australian musical comics Tripod messed up their version of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and were rewarded with a chucked pint glass from a possibly quite annoyed Queen fan.