When crowd work goes wrong... | Comedian gets an answer he wasn't expecting...

When crowd work goes wrong...

Comedian gets an answer he wasn't expecting...

comedySometimes crowd work doesn’t quite go as planned..

American comic Greg Stone was playing the Comedy Cellar in New York when he asked the audience:’Anybody else, a fucked up family?’

Following the inevitable cheer, he turned to one group: ‘Yeah? You guys? What’s your fucked up family? Are they crazy, are they religious, right-wing, left-wing, just nutcases?’

They replied: ’I feel like it’s too heavy for a comedy show.’

‘Oh OK it might be but you have piqued my interest. Give me a taste, I’ll make it funny no matter what it is.

‘Ooh, I don’t even know how to frame this. Er, my mom left my dad then he murdered her. Make it funny.’

‘I gotta be honest, I did not see that coming,’ Stone conceded.

Still he tried his best to put a jaunty spin on it. And when the punter admits it might have been a mistake to volunteer the information, Stone reassures her. ‘No, you did great; this was on me.’

Published: 29 Nov 2019

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