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Aug 3, 2020 - 5:08:34 AM
73304 posts since 5/9/2007

Those folks that toss out their opinion from the audience during a performance just can't hold back their urge to "grab the spotlight".

I suppose they want a gig but nobody's calling so they invent their own.

I've always related heckling with booze as in "...vodka puts my mouth in gear",but I don't want to insult any quiet drinkers.

Edited by - steve davis on 08/03/2020 05:14:09

Aug 3, 2020 - 5:53:06 AM

Owen

Canada

6171 posts since 6/5/2011

"Do you* take requests?"

"Yes we do."

"Take gas."

 

* = not you personally, Steve.

Aug 3, 2020 - 7:36:42 AM
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2861 posts since 4/29/2012

My brother used to perform in comedy clubs and hated hecklers. He was part of an a cappella singing act - so heckling wasn't really appropriate. But he tells the story of when Kirk Douglas' son played the London comedy circuit and was met with indifference. He lost it and said "Don't you know who I am - I'm the son of Kirk Douglas". At which point numerous audience members stood up and said "No - I'm the son of Kirk Douglas".

Aug 3, 2020 - 7:47:11 AM

73304 posts since 5/9/2007

The heckler does put the ball in the hands of the performer.
He can shoot it or have it taken away.

You prove the power of a perfect heckle,Andrew.

Aug 3, 2020 - 8:27:59 AM
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55456 posts since 12/14/2005

About as bad as the hecklers, are the drunks who shout out encouragement.
When Alice and I went to see the KRUGER BROTHERS at the lovely old Stoughton (Wisconsin) Opera house, some guy was shouting encouragement so loud and so often, that I wished I had a device with which to control his volume.


I believe the French have a word for it:
"Garrotte"

Aug 3, 2020 - 9:51:41 AM

73304 posts since 5/9/2007

"Banjo String"

Aug 3, 2020 - 1:11:24 PM
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1915 posts since 4/22/2018

The best I ever heard was at a stand up comedy gig. Someone shouted ‘’is there a doctor in the house?’’ A doctor did identify himself, to which the heckler then asked ‘’doctor, do you think this guy is as sxxt as I do?’’

Aug 3, 2020 - 2:42:45 PM

donc

Canada

6405 posts since 2/9/2010

On a live Statler brothers recording an airhead from the audience started heckling as they were trying to announce the next song. The big burly bass singer pointed to him and said " I THOUGHT I TOLD YOU TO STAY IN THE TRUCK !".

Aug 3, 2020 - 5:11:17 PM

oly

USA

1414 posts since 5/27/2006

We had taken the grandkids to Reptile Gardens near Rapid City. We were watching the diving show when this this guy next to me started yelling across the crowd to a supposed friend, he also happened to have an empty beer can in hand, he also started heckling the diver. The next thing I know, this guy jumps up and walks over to this really high diving board, and starts climbing up. Come to find out, he was part of the act. I still wasn't impressed.

Aug 3, 2020 - 5:20:27 PM
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banjonz

New Zealand

10987 posts since 6/29/2003

Back in the 70's, I was involved in music in street evangelism. We operated out of specially build drop side caravan. One night while the preacher was talking a heckler approached. Without missing a beat, the preacher said "Sir, you have just made two mistakes"and carried on speaking. This now presented the heckler with two choices. Respond it or leave. He responded with ÿeah what are they?" the Preacher said "the first is clowns work in circuses!",then he carried on preaching. This left our heckler again with two choices. He responded What is the second?"The preacher replied "clowns get paid but you are doing it for free!

Aug 4, 2020 - 7:36:11 AM

73304 posts since 5/9/2007

A perfect deheckling,Wayne.

Aug 4, 2020 - 7:51:52 AM
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DC5

USA

13236 posts since 6/30/2015

I've sometimes called the heckler a family name. "Mom, why are you out so late?" "Uncle Bob, when did they let you out?" "Forget to take your pills today sis?" You have to be careful, because you want the audience on your side so you have to make the heckler a jerk without you being a jerk. It's a careful balancing act.

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:04:26 AM

Trewq36

Canada

1898 posts since 11/30/2007

George Carlin knows How to Handle a Heckler....

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:11:53 AM

conniel

USA

741 posts since 5/1/2020

George knew best! Thanks for the post Trewq

Aug 4, 2020 - 8:58:17 AM

Paul R

Canada

13101 posts since 1/28/2010

Someone once told a heckler, "The dictionary defines a heckler as 'one who baits', or a 'baiter'. You. sir, are a master heckler."

Aug 5, 2020 - 6:58:29 AM

2087 posts since 2/10/2013

A friend went to a performance and as the entertainer walked across the stage one member of the audience was overly enthusiastic in his greeting. The performer looked down and said "Thanks Mom". The audience liked that.

Smart people appreciate the effectiveness of humor. It makes listeners feel "good" about the source and more receptive to what is being said. If I were an entertainer, I would have a repertoire of appropriate humerous "put-downs" designed to shut down a "heckler" and at the same time, make other members of the audience "connect" with me.

Aug 5, 2020 - 7:08:06 AM

73304 posts since 5/9/2007

Handling a heckler successfully really puts the audience behind the performer.
A great union.A coming together as it were.

Aug 5, 2020 - 8:07:30 AM

conniel

USA

741 posts since 5/1/2020

“ a collective corroberation of constant decisiveness aimed at a complete unity of mass degradation

Aug 5, 2020 - 8:22:10 AM

73304 posts since 5/9/2007

A bit like an instant referendum.

Aug 5, 2020 - 9:37:43 AM

5736 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by conniel

George knew best! Thanks for the post Trewq


george carlin  was a genius,,perhaps a mad genius ,, but a genius anyway.

the ones i used to like the best especially back in the 80s when i was doing alot of shows,  after they had taken in too much alcohol,, was  screaming FREEBIRD MAN !!!    PLAY SOME SKYNYRD !!    normally at a bluegrass show thats not a request.   little did they know we had worked up "i know a little".  they would freak out then.

Aug 5, 2020 - 11:33:54 AM

73304 posts since 5/9/2007

Vaughn Meader would make them wish they hadn't started it in the first place.

Aug 5, 2020 - 2:19:55 PM

conniel

USA

741 posts since 5/1/2020

I know a little! There’s one Terry we never ever tried as a band. Many years ago.. I have to go put on street survivors now.

Aug 5, 2020 - 2:44:40 PM
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73304 posts since 5/9/2007

I picture some hecklers home,alone practicing heckling in front of a mirror.

Aug 5, 2020 - 3:40:31 PM

conniel

USA

741 posts since 5/1/2020

Do you do that Steve?

Aug 5, 2020 - 4:44:54 PM

73304 posts since 5/9/2007

Yes.I just said I picture some hecklers practicing in front of a mirror at home.
Why would you ask me if I picture someone doing that right after I said I did?

Aug 5, 2020 - 10:11:36 PM

5736 posts since 9/5/2006

quote:
Originally posted by conniel

I know a little! There’s one Terry we never ever tried as a band. Many years ago.. I have to go put on street survivors now.


we had it pretty good at one time (we're talking 30 years ago )   and we were working on tuesdays gone but never finished getting it right before the band went their separate ways.

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