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When the Comic and the Heckler Both Take Offense - NYTimes.com


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The laughter of live crowds is actually a more egalitarian metric than is approval from gatekeepers in late-night television or Hollywood. It’s also more amoral, because we often laugh at things we aren’t supposed to: tragedy, tastelessness, violence. It might be that part of the reason audiences like heckling — or at least loudly respond to it — is the threat of looming disaster.

When an audience member heckles, it makes me anxious.

Perhaps it's that threat of looming disaster.

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