The funniest time was in Kelowna where five guys fought each other outside the venue to be able to punch me first.
—Darren Frost, comedian
Canadian comedian Darren Frost is no stranger to hecklers. But the award-winning, controversial peformer doesn't shy away from talking right back.
He has had things thrown at him onstage and been yelled at about his cancer diagnosis, but Frost has won the crowd back, continued his set and posted the videos of it all online.
SCENE figured he was the perfect person to talk to about getting harassed while you're at work.
Do you remember the first time someone heckled you at a show?
I was a character comic in the '90s and some guy in Saskatchewan yelled at my plaid pants minute one and I thought maybe funny pants is not the way to do this for the next 44 minutes.
How do comics prepare for unsolicited audience participation?
There is no way to get ready for the unknown. The one thing people forget is they think it's the first time [we] have heard the heckle. Trust me, most times it is not.
Do you think the style of your comedy attracts people who want to get in on the act?
Would you heckle this guy?
I think alcohol is a factor not just my kind of comedy...ask any clean comic about Friday late show and they will have horror stories as well.
I get it cause I am aggressive. People think it attracts this but in reality people are scared more times of me then wanting me to unload on them. Now that there is video of you being heckled up on YouTube, does it attract more hecklers?
I haven't seen that. I have been posting these kinds of videos for years and have not seen it rise.
I think people see the video and either love it or hate it. To me that's good 'cause those that love it won't come for the heckling they love it 'cause of what I did.
What was the scariest heckler experience you've ever had?
Outside of the glass throwing video online, I have been jumped or attacked a few times but it didn't last long.
I have been punched, had death threats etc., not much I can do about it. The funniest time was in Kelowna where five guys fought each other outside the venue to be able to punch me first. When have you been tempted to heckle someone at work?
Never. What am I going to say, "hey faster with my fries teenager!" I know when you heckle, what you think will lead to better service can quickly turn into your fries going into places they should not go before they get to your tray and in your mouth.What other comic are you looking forward to seeing at the Festival?
I am excited about watching Kenny Robinson return to his hometown and rip it a new one. That and The Debaters which I still think is the best show in Canada that lets comics be comics. You can't ask for anything better then that.