October 10, 2022

Heckling is part of comedy. Having dangerous projectiles thrown at your head is not. Ariel Edwards reacted in impeccable fashion after the full can of beer was thrown at her, presumably by the date of the female audience member she was sparring with, as the pair fled the comedy club as soon as it was thrown. Apparently, police are looking into the incident.

Source: news.com.au

A comedian who had a full can of beer thrown at her by a rowdy audience member has been applauded for her impeccable response to the unruly heckler.

Ariel Elias was midway through her set at a New Jersey comedy club, in the US, Saturday evening (local time) when her show took a scary turn.

During a Q&A segment of her act, a female audience member asked Elias if she voted for Donald Trump, to which she responded, “what do you think?”

“Here's a question for you. Why would you ask me that knowing I’m the only Jew in the room?” the comedian shot back, adding, “are you trying to get me killed?”

When the heckler continued to press Elias on who she voted for, the comedian delivered her a scathing burn.

“I can tell by the fact that you’re still talking when nobody wants you to that you voted for Trump,” she said before the crowd broke into applause.

And that seemed to set her off. After some more back and forth, Elias said to the audience, “make some noise if you want her to shut up”, which provoked a large cheer. As the comedian attempted to proceed with the show a can of beer came flying towards the stage, smashing against the brick just centimeters from Elias’ head. The stunned audience didn't know quite how to react. Heckling is normal at comedy clubs. Throwing dangerous projectiles is not. Ever the trooper though, Elias reacted without missing a beat.

Elias then, seemingly instinctively, leant down and picked up the partially emptied can before taking a swig, prompting cheers from the audience.

And though she won't be pressing charges, the club will on the unruly patron/s who fled the scene after chucking the beer can.

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