Heckling, at an adult comedy gig, can be poisonously disruptive. At our Comedy Club 4 Kids gigs, it is often bonkers, and one of the things that makes playing to children both unnerving for the acts, and a delight. Provided the kids aren't wounding with their words. At a book reading, comic and author David O'Doherty was once hit by a heckle of "Does this get good soon?" Happily, most of the ones fielded at our shows aren't quite so painful. I should know, I was once told "You look like a duck" by a 6-year-old.
1. At the ArtsDepot in Finchley a few weeks ago...
2. Quite a few are poo based. Much to the dismay of their parents.
Phil Wang (@philnwang) :
"Can anyone here do any impressions?"
A Little Boy "I can do an impression of my uncle... but I'll need a toilet."
Upstairs At The Roxy, Edinburgh Fringe 2014
6. Sometimes they are just really odd.
One kid kept shouting out "You have eggs for eyes!" which was a bit upsetting as it isn't true and his delivery was a bit too "redrum"-shining for it to be completely funny & not also creepy. - Richard Sandling ( @squat_betty) at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, 2014
Me 'What would you do if you were king?'
Boy 'I'd conquer Finland.'
Boy 'Because my brother is called Finn.'
Soho Theatre, 2013
14. Some are brilliantly progressive...
15. Some are just rude...
17. One of the classics. Poor @mattkirshen
18. And poor Matt Highton...
19. And Mat Ricardo... (It's as though they just don't like Matthews).
20. It can be quite sobering at times for us acts.
Which isn't always a bad thing for the audience.
21. We run workshops too...
22. Some children are very confident...
23. Comedy Club 4 Kids regular Hector (now aged 8) is a professional heckler.
27. Sometimes one audience member will say something....
And other children think it's a good idea to run with this idea....
And get more weird with it....
28. And again. Poor Sally Ann Hayward...
Sally Anne Hayward (@sallyannhayward) was in the middle of telling a joke about a pilot...
Sally Ann "And David introduced himself...."
Child in audience "Was it David Beckham?"
Sally Ann "No I don't think David Beckham flies planes."
Another child: "Was it David Moyes?"
Sally Ann "Nope, not sure he has a pilot's license."
A small girl "Was it David Bowie?"
Sally Ann " Er..no."
Small boy "My uncle is called David."
Sally Ann "Does he fly planes?"
Small boy "No."
Sally Ann "Then I'm pretty sure it wouldn't have been him."
Various other David's are thrown in...until...
"Was it David Attenborough?"
Sally Ann "Well, that is possibly the most plausible out of all the David's so yes perhaps it was him."
And she carried on until she got to the other pilot called Andrew...
"Was it Prince Andrew?"
At Michael Croft Theatre, Dulwich 2014