McKee: Heckling the performer is a long-standing tradition of stand-up comedy. The performers know this and learn to ...

Williamg on July 18, 2022

Why C?

Doesn't the phrase "And it's usually only fun for the heckler" imply a disagreement over whether it's entertaining?

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Emil-Kunkin on July 19, 2022

Hi WilliamG,

Neither M nor C tell us anything about whether the best comedians are able to respond in a funny way when heckled. In fact, neither tell us anything about the best comedians.

C is not referring to if the heckling itself is entertaining, (as the only fun for the heckler would relate to), but to the comedian's response to the heckler.