Good heckler comebacks

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  1. Lost_N_Austin

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    When I was living in Austin, TX I had the wonderful privledge of attending many of the Austin City Limits television show tapings. One of my favorites was when Dolly Parton and Nickle Creek taped and episode. Lots of highlights from those show never made it to the 30 minute or hour long broadcast. During a pause in the action while several musicians were tuning their instruments, someone in the audience yelled out "Happy Birthday Dolly". I think her actual birthday was within a week of this taping.

    Dolly did not hesitate a second and turned toward the "heckler" and said "Daddy, I thought I told you to wait in the Truck". That show and that incident still stand out as one of the Highlights of more than 30 Austin City Limits shows I got to attend.

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    Our shows are basically non stop back and forth banter between the audience and me and our drummer. We hold our own
     
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    "I got a request. And her and I are going to discuss it after the show at my house. In the meantime, here's another song!"
     
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    The best heckle I know (which he has told against himself) was to the English Comic Jimmy Carr. He is known for destroying hecklers forensically, but this one got the better of him (to his delight I think).

    (halfway through routine): Heckler - My mother just died of cancer!

    Jimmy Carr: Oh, I'm sorry, that's terrible. But why are you yelling that to me?

    Heckler - Because it was funnier than this.
     
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    If it's a guy I ask them if their mommy knows they're here. If it's a female I say "I thought I told you to wait in the truck".
     
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    My neighbor comes to hear us play and Year’s for Warpigs......
     
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    One night the singer announced the next song was from Clapton. Some guy yells out "Promises". Singer says we don't play "Promises", and I wasn't paying attention to how close I was to my vocal mic when I turned to the guitarist and say "we don't make them, either". Everyone heard it, laughed, and we had no more requests for the rest of the night.
     
  9. joealso

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    I admit that I have been known to shout out a request (never more than one) at small gigs. I'd say the band / performers are usually receptive, maybe 7 out of 10 times. The other 30% just ignore me and I get the hint. But the first time I saw David Bromberg, it didn't turn out that way. I was in the front row and shouted out a request. Bromberg stepped to the mic and explained that he's an old Jewish man who lives in a house with 2 women, his wife and daughter. "The only place I have any control over my life," he said, "is right here on stage and I'll decide what songs I play."

    Jason Isbell dislikes requests so much that he says he never plays them. And if someone requests a song that is already on his set list, he skips it.
     
  10. FMA

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    Whenever someone yells out "Free Bird," we break into a terrible, awful version of the song that we kind of make up as we go along. A few bars of that and people are cracking up.

    On another note, I get fan mail about my work in my day job and my favorite of all time - I have a printed out copy framed on the wall of my den - was, in its entirety, "You are an ignorant (very bad word) and your writing is (another bad word)."

    I replied, "Mom?"

    Never heard back...
     
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    John Cooper-Clark........"I can't hear you...your mouths full of s**t"
     
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    I once read (and mentioned here before) that RYAN Adams once had a guy removed from a club for yelling out a request for Summer of 69.....a song by BRYAN Adams. Apparently Ryan is so sick of people confusing him with Bryan, he no longer thinks it's amusing.....;)
     
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    I was at a Buzzcocks gig in Newcastle in the 90's. The band had just left the stage & the audience were chanting 'The Buzzcocks...The Buzzcocks...The Buzzcocks...'. The late, great Pete Shelley walked back on stage, looking really annoyed & screamed 'It's Buzzcocks NOT The Buzzcocks. How many times do I have to tell you'. Everyone fell silent & a guy right behind me shouted 'Ooh, get her'. I don't think Pete heard, but dozens of people around me were laughing their pants off. Which didn't improve his mood. They were still great though with their famous 25 minute encores.
     
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    Childish. What a diva.
     
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    I've heard that more recently, he just played it. But I think that's the least of his worries these days.
     
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    Hootie!!
     
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    Oh yeah, Jimmy Carr is the KING of taking down hecklers! They come to his show just to be destroyed by the master. He's one funny dude.
     
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    When I was 18 yrs old, a bunch of us saw April Wine in concert. They were a favourite band of mine at that time, and I was really excited to see them for the first time. During a pause between songs, I yelled out "Play Weeping Widow." Myles Goodwyn, the lead singer, looked right at me and said, "Yeah, we'll get to that one." Man, I was so thrilled that he actually heard me and responded. Then they played it and I was just screaming along with it. That has always been one of my concert highlights, and 40 years later I still remember the moment clearly.

    I wonder how many performers recognize the kind of impact they can have on a fan.
     
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    Our lady lead singer had been in a car accident, and had recently discovered how much she enjoyed percoset with her usual consumption of alcohol.
    By midway through the 2nd set, she was tripping over her monitor and went and had a seat in the audience...and began to heckle her own band!!!
     
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    My favorite is,

    "HEY! Do I tell YOU how to dump those cans into the back of the truck?"
     
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