Who brings a noose to a gig?

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    • Russell Howard has recalled the worst heckle he ever witnessed. ‘It was at the Ashton Court Festival in Bristol,’ he said. ‘An old woman handed my friend Andy a noose that she’d made. She pulled out of her bag – that takes some beating; to actually prepare a noose. She said, “End your misery and mine.” You can’t really say anything back to that, you know. It was astonishing. Who brings a noose to a gig? Go with hope.’

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    SOURCES: This Is Surrey, Mirror, This Is Local London, All the Laftas stuff comes from Chortle, Ew.com, YouTube, RickyGervais.com

    Published: 29 Jan 2010

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