Videos showing hecklers getting owned usually don’t have the aesthetics of an Oscar-worthy film, but this one in particular takes the cake (if said cake was topped with diarrhea frosting), but never mind the quality. What you should be paying attention to is the reaction of the all-black crowd as this Caucasian comedian (Jason Anders) not only refuses to back down from one heckler’s demand to leave the stage, but levies the man with such a snappy, bravura-filled slight that the crowd leaps to their feet in unison in a scene pulled right from 8 Mile. That smell in the air right after the heckler gets his comeuppance? It’s called acceptance: Welcome to the black community, Mr. White Comedian Man.
In comedy, there are a few guys who can be considered “marathon men.” It’s a sort of unmentioned and unannounced competition among the elite level of laugh-makers to have the longest and most entertaining set of all-time. Pryor was doing three-hour sets regularly. Dane Cook and Dave Chappelle have been pushing the time limits of routines, most recently clocking upwards of seven to eight hours on stage. This Bill Burr performance is a different sort of marathon—a 10-minute “I’m-going-to-s***-all-over-your-city’s-culture-and-heritage” marathon of inflammatory and downright incensing zingers aimed personally at EVERYONE in the Philadelphia audience. If you want to see a man spit genuine and justified vitriol at a crowd of unruly savages, look no further.
Not every heckler war necessitates an atom bomb of dejection. Sometimes just one well-placed jab can silence even the most ardent purveyors of interruption. Joe Rogan, a comic who not only enjoys degrading unruly audience members but thrives on it, shows us here how just a simple lift of a garment can put the kibosh on any mouthy member deluded enough to go toe to toe with a professional insult manufacturer.