Steve, I saw your show at Bear's Place in Bloomington. It was horrible. Seriosuly, how could you pick on that guy in the front row. You are a jerk. You are no better than him, because you stooped to his level. I can see why so many people left during the middle of your show.
Normally I ignore this kind of drivel, but I wanted to post this on my website to make a point to future hecklers.
"That guy in the front row" is your friend - don't pretend you're defending a stranger. I'm not an idiot - I know who was at that table.
Two minutes into the show, your friend decided he'd be the big man and get attention - at the detriment of a room full of paying customers. Were the same thing to happen at a different table, you'd be pissed at them, but because it's someone you know being a jackass, you're okay with it.
I did not "pick on" your friend. Your friend was heckling me, and I responded by heckling him. Did it scare some people off? Sure. Do those people understand comedy? No. Do I care about people who don't understand comedy? No.
When you heckle, you are NEVER helping the show. Ever. Comedians are professional entertainers. And while we might be good at responding to some jerk who wants to be the show, we'd rather do our jokes. People didn't pay a cover to listen to your friend interrupt me.
Only a few people left early. And many more stayed to shake my hand and buy my CD. You know why they bought my CD? Because it was a recording of a show that was not interrupted by anyone trying to get my attention.
If you and your friend never want to see my show again, I am fine with that. In fact, I'll make sure you're not allowed in the room.