people to sensitive
28 Feb 07
I saw a few of the Michael Richards clips on YouTube. I think he got heckled, but being a professional, he mishandled the situation. The room was full of paying guests and they were there for fun. By handling things this way he upset almost everyone (AFAICT, or a large portion of the audience) and people started walking out. He could have kept his composure and just ignored the heckler or ask for him to leave - that is professional. I also saw his apology, which was really unconvincing IMO. I think comedians feel that after enough time and flow of a comedy act that they can say anything and it will be considered funny. You might notice it yourself when you laugh at a show and a moment later realise that you were in the flow of laughter but what you just heard was not funny. A classic example is the "Aristocrat Joke". I think it normally comes out when people are already laughing. I haven't linked it here because I think it is vile and the joke is on the audience if they laught at that.