A heckler was booted from an Elliott Smith tribute concert in London on Monday (21Oct13) after becoming engaged in a foul-mouthed argument with singer/songwriter Damon Gough. The musician, who performs as Badly Drawn Boy, was headlining the Elliott Smith Tribute Act, when a gig-goer became upset because he wasn't performing tragic Smith's tracks.
Instead, Gough launched into a 10-minute speech while strumming on his guitar.
The fan blasted him by shouting, "Elliott wouldn't have wanted this!", prompting the star to lash out from the stage, branding the loud fan a "c**t" and allegedly telling him to "f**k off and die".
The male was escorted from The Brixton Windmill venue, allowing Gough to continue with his performance in peace.
The show, held on the 10th anniversary of Smith's death, also featured appearances by Sweetheart Contract AAG (All American Girl) and singer Jaq Gallier and raised $3,000 (£2,000) for British mental health charity Mind.
Meanwhile, a similar tribute gig was held on the same night in New York, where singers Cat Power and Sky Ferreira teamed up for a duet in the Miss Misery Oscar nominee's memory.
It's not the first time Badly Drawn Boy has lost his temper onstage - he hit headlines last year (12) after throwing a harmonica brace at a female heckler in England, while he was forced to apologise to fans in 2010 following a shambolic set in Los Angeles which ended in him walking off stage after just four songs.
Singer/songwriter Fiona Apple has broken her silence after ejecting a concerned heckler from a show in Oregon last week (ends04Oct13). The star halted her show at Portland's Newmark Theatre on Thursday night (03Oct13) after a fan urged her to "get healthy" during a song.
Visibly shaken by the remark, Apple responded by asking, "Who the f**k do you think you are?", before demanding venue bosses turn on the lights, yelling, "I want you to get the f**k out of here. I want the house lights on so I watch you leave!"
Apple collected herself to perform an awkward Waltz (Better Than Fine) before leaving the stage, and now she has addressed the drama in an interview with Pitchfork.com.
She says, "If anyone gets in my way, I'm going to get them out of my way.
"She hurt my feelings. I don't think what I look like is relevant. And, by the way, this whole 'unhealthy' thing has me baffled. It's really confusing to me why anyone would have an opinion about that. And that (the heckling) just takes you out of (the moment).
"People around me try to tell me that's not going to happen, but it always happens. It's really disappointing."
She adds, "At this point, emotionally, it doesn't get easier to hear those criticisms - but it gets easier to be resolute about my reaction to it, which is just, 'Go ahead and call me ugly, call me skinny, call me crazy and speculate as much as you want, but not at a show'. I don't think that there's anything meltdown-y (sic) about that. I don't have any problem getting angry at someone who insults me in the middle of a show."
Singer/songwriter Fiona Apple halted a gig in Oregon on Thursday night (03Oct13) to ask a heckler to leave. The rowdy female concertgoer urged Apple to "Get healthy" towards the end of her Newmark Theatre set in Portland, adding, "We want to see you in 10 years."
But the singer wasn't touched by the fan's concern and instead stopped the gig and turned on her.
Visibly shaken, according to website Stereogum, she responded, "I am healthy! Who the f**k do you think you are?"
Apple then demanded venue bosses turn on the lights and yelled, "I want you to get the f**k out of here. I want the house lights on so I watch you leave!"
The fan left the venue determined to have the last word, stating, "I saw you 20 years ago and you were beautiful!" as she exited the theatre.
Apple collected herself to perform an awkward Waltz (Better Than Fine) before leaving the stage.
It isn't the first time in recent months Apple has ended a show abruptly - she stormed offstage at a gig in Japan in August (13), after failing to silence the chatty audience.
She was performing at the Louis Vuitton Timeless Muses party in Tokyo, when she climbed onto a piano to tell the audience to "shut the f**k up."
After her demands fell on deaf ears, Apple left the stage yelling, "Predictable! Predictable fashion, what the f**k?"
Michelle Obama is receiving a lot of media attention after her confrontation with a heckler at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Tuesday. About halfway through the first lady's 20-minute speech, a female gay rights activist began to shout a demand for President Obama to sign an executive order that would ban federal contractors from employee discrimination based on sexual orientation.
In contrast to her husband's generally calm responses to hecklers, FLOTUS (am I the only one that thinks this acronym sounds like the name of a spa?) took a slightly more aggressive approach. "One of the things that I don't do well is this," she said to a roar of applause from the crowd when she was interrupted. Obama then left the podium and approached the protester, stating that the attendees could "listen to me or you can take the mic, but I'm leaving. You all decide. You have one choice." The crowd shouted that they wanted the first lady to stay, and the woman was escorted out of the room. Michelle Obama then resumed her speech about the importance of educating children.
The protester was later identified as Ellen Sturtz, a member of the gay rights group GetEqual. As she exited the event, Sturtz shouted that she was "... lesbian looking for federal equality before I die." Check out the audio of the incident below. She later told the Washington Post that she was "taken aback" by the confrontation, stating that the first lady "came right down in my face."
The fundraiser was a private event held in Northwest D.C. at the home of LGBT power couple Nan Schaffer and Karen Dixon. Sturtz reportedly paid $500 to attend as part of a scheme cooked up by GetEqual to draw more attention to the employment discrimination issue.
While Sturtz's cause was admirable, her choice of venue and target was extremely inappropriate. News sources are expressing mixed reactions to the way the first lady handled the situation, but one thing's for sure, Michelle Obama has once again proven that she is not a woman to be messed with.
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Ann Bogie approached Rivers backstage after the show and chatted with the funnywoman about a heckler who took offence at a joke about deaf author and activist Helen Keller.
The conversation, during which Bogie called the heckler a "rotten guy", was caught on camera and when it appeared in the film, she sued the comedienne and IFC Films executives for invading her privacy and misappropriating her image.
The case was dismissed last year (12) and on Thursday (17Jan13), judges at an appeals court ruled that the lower court officials' decision to throw the matter out was the right one, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In making their decision, the judges wrote: "The plaintiff voluntarily approached a celebrity just after a public performance. Any reasonable person would expect to encounter some kind of security presence, and indeed here that presence was visible. Furthermore, the camera crew must have also been visible to Bogie as they were filming both Rivers and, of course, Bogie."
Brian Herline has accused the troubled star of wrapping up his stand-up show in Oakland, California after just 10 minutes on 16 November (12) in order to confront a heckler and allegedly attempt to fight at least three audience members.
Now Williams and bosses at entertainment firm Live Nation have been named in a class action lawsuit for his less-than-stellar performance.
Herline filed the papers on Wednesday (21Nov12) in Alameda County and is seeking unspecified damages, according to TMZ.com.
This is the latest in a slew of legal problems for Williams - he was arrested the day before the alleged incident (15Nov12) on allegations of battery and he was recently hit with a $5 million (£3.1 million) lawsuit over accusations he assaulted a female assistant. Last month (Oct12) he was also taken into custody on a possible gun violation.
The Emmy Award winner was performing at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood in November, 2006, when he grew enraged by a group of black guests in the audience, who allegedly disrupted his gig, and began shouting obscenities at them, calling one heckler a "n**ger".
The incident was captured on camera and went viral, marring Richards' reputation and causing him to stay away from the spotlight until the controversy blew over.
However, the 63 year old has opened up about the event during an episode of his former co-star Jerry Seinfeld's new web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.
He said, "I busted up after that event. It broke me down. It (his insult) was a selfish response. I took it too personally, and I should have just said (to the heckler), 'Yeah, you're absolutely right. I'm not funny. I think I'll go home and work on my material and I'll see you tomorrow night.' And split (left), or something... (but) I lashed out in anger. I should have been working selflessly that evening."
Richards also used the opportunity to thank Seinfeld for standing by him during the backlash, telling his pal: "Thanks for sticking by me. It meant a lot to me. But inside, it still kicks me around (bothers him) a bit."
The Tosh 2.0 star was challenged over his remarks by a female audience member who later claimed the comic then turned on her and suggested it would be funny if she was raped.
The unnamed woman and a friend walked out of the show and she recalled Tosh's comments during his stand-up show at The Laugh Factory on her Tumblr.com page, stating the comic had made "some very generalizing, declarative statements about rape jokes always being funny".
In a tweet on Tuesday (10Jul12), Tosh wrote, "All the out-of-context misquotes aside, I'd like to sincerely apologize. The point I was making before I was heckled is there are awful things in the world, but you can still make jokes about them."
Actress Martha Plimpton appears not to agree, tweeting her support of the heckler and writing, "I can't wait to hear your 'lynching is funny!' bit. Or would that be a little TOO dangerous?"
The funnyman hit the headlines earlier this week (beg18Jun12) after it was reported he exploited a legal loophole to pay just one per cent income tax in the U.K, and he took to Twitter.com to apologise, writing, "I now realise I've made a terrible error of judgement."
Carr faced the public at his first stand-up set since the scandal broke, telling fans at Stockport Plaza in Manchester, England he wanted to perform a normal routine despite his "busy week".
He said, "The thing I wanted to say right at the top of the gig was I've been in the papers all week. It obviously produces gags, that's my job. But how about I just do a show for you? What do you think?"
However, the 1,200-strong crowd refused to let him live down his shame - in response to a heckler who called Carr a "tax dodger", he admitted, "I've got to take that, I'm afraid. I've been dishing it out for years."
Another cried out, "You're a tax cheat," and when Carr asked one man in the audience what he did for a living, he replied, "I'm a tax inspector."
The comic quipped, "Well you're doing a fairly s**t job of it, aren't you?"
TV viewers watched as the movie star halted the show to exchange words with a vulgar heckler, who had shouted out something obscene intended for Kunis as she took to the stage to present Jennifer Aniston with her Dirtbag of the Year trophy.
Neither Kunis nor Wahlberg are repeating what the unruly audience member shouted out, but it was enough for the actor to state, "Excuse me? What did he say?" before adding, "And here I thought I was going to have to slap Russell."
He also uttered an expletive that was bleeped out of the telecast.
Explaining himself and his comments on Monday (04Jun12), Wahlberg said, "When I came onstage, some random heckler in the crowd said something vulgar to Mila. So that's why I got a little upset. I did say somebody was going to get slapped, but I figure it's Sunday, I went to church, I'm feeling forgiving right now."