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Let me say this upfront — You simply can’t miss this!
I have to say that what you are about to see in the video below is a professional comedian not only completely destroy a heckler — but do it in such a way that I must applaud him for how skillfully he did it.
The comedian is Todd Glass who was featured among many other pro comedians in the stand-up comedy documentary I Am Comic directed by Jordan Brady (available on DVD).
Hecklers are an occupational hazard for comedians.
And it doesn’t help when people in the audience are consuming too much “liquid courage”, if you get my drift.
But I should also mention that heckling is not as common as many would tend to believe provided that the comedian is funny and getting frequent audience laughs.
As a matter of fact, I would be so bold as to say that the vast majority of heckling is actually caused by the comedian themselves.
However, such is not the case in this video — the heckling is a result of intoxication.
It takes tremendous courage and skill that can only be garnered from experience to deal with a heckler effectively like Todd Glass does in this amazing video, without having to resort to using “stock” heckler lines like many comedians do.
There is much to be learned from this video and my only regret is that I wasn’t there to see it happen live (my comments are below the video):
Here’s just a taste of what you can learn from this extraordinary video:
- Todd sets it up perfectly, keeping the audience on his side the whole time as he whacks this obnoxious woman (who shouldn’t be out in public among other civilized humans) into submission.
- Todd uses little profanity to get the awesome results he needs (which is to get the witch to shut up or leave the room).
- Notice how he distances himself from her when she approaches the stage, not allowing this moron to even share the same space as him. This actually allows him to stay in control and to continue to focus the audience’s attention on her in his favor.
Also keep this in mind…
Todd has been a professional comedian for years and I am sure he has experienced and handled situations far worse than this.
But was that awesome or what???!!!
Like I said, there is much to be learned from this Todd Glass YouTube video on how to provide a full frontal assault on a heckler or unruly audience member without losing the rest of the audience in the process.