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Typically, a heckler is a person who harasses and tries to disconcert others with questions or challenges. In a public setting they are often known to shout disparaging comments at a performance or event, or to interrupt set-piece speeches, with the intent of disturbing performers and/or participants.

I first learned about hecklers when I saw comedian Don Rickles doing stand-up comedy. Don used to perform in supper clubs around upstate New York... the Catskills.
If someone from the audience became vocal, he was quick with the one-line comebacks to the point of insulting hecklers literally driving them out of the venue.

I've seen some videos where he egged them on as it was possibly a part of his routine!

In the virtual world things are a lot quieter. People blog and hecklers who are often referred to as trolls go from blog to blog (or forum thread) leaving comments to 'show themselves' with other members of the blogging community.

The psychology of it all... well, I believe something is bothering them in their personal life so they seek enjoyment attempting to disrupt the lives of others. Sometimes, it's a group and sometimes they single out a member or two.

I heard of one heckler who was bounced from a comedy club a few times so he decided to stand out front complaining to the patrons about one comedian "Don't waste your money, this guy tells the same jokes every night!"

Ya think?


Comments (9)

Interesting and informative !! I am learning many new terms here !!! wow
I think some are more chatty. Some certainly have less of a life and is in need of human contact.
It is not certain all those want to disrupt. At least I don't mean to be like that. I just look for a good time, but sure I probably talk too much. And all over the place.
I can try and stick more "to my own" maybe. Any advice?
Tanz, I'm glad you found my blog interesting... some hecklers have stated ALL my blogs are boring.

Grand, do what you do. No complaints from me!
I like your blogs. Thanks to them I know you are into rc helicopters.
I tried to fly a plane once but it was not v shaped enough and had no balance. Drove home with in a plastic bag hehe.
Her on the ice outside a suburb of oslo there was annual flying in the winter. Somehow gone now.
The most fun was to be close when the machines went kaboom into the ice lol

I like your blogs too. Your heckler is just jealous.
rolling on the floor laughing that's probably why it's referred to as...
a comedy "routine"..dunno
but what is reason for calling both the musicians
and the dancers shows "recitals",
even though no one recites anything?

I also need someone to explain why when
people are acting up publicly, they're antics to
referred to sometimes as "performance" art?
"their antics are"

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