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[User Picture]From: akiramich Date: November 29th, 2006 - 04:14 pm (Link)
I was on vacation while this all happened, and so only saw some of the coverage. IS there any place that has the entire performance? Like was he trying to build to something--was there some sort of comedic bit he was trying for? Or did he just start freaking out at the heckler? Was it something where he was trying to do something in a bit or did he just totally lose it on the heckler?

Whatever the cause, this is going to be with him for the rest of his life.

[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 29th, 2006 - 04:27 pm (Link)
All I've been able to find is that little bit. As I understand it, he wasnt' very far into the set. He wasn't specifically trying to build to anything. He just got heckled and tried to turn it into a bit. It went poorly and he eventually walked off stage. That said, I've heard some other audio clips on the Stern show of him freaking out at other hecklers and using anti-semetic remarks. So its unclear whether he thinks the freaking out at hecklers thing is part of his act or not. In any case, he just isn't very funny. It's not the racism that bothers me. I use racial humor all the time, and I quite enjoy it from other comedians. I just like my humor to be... you know... funny.
[User Picture]From: jameel Date: November 29th, 2006 - 04:33 pm (Link)
Isn't he Jewish?
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 29th, 2006 - 04:43 pm (Link)
in response to the reports of anti-semetism, a publicist or agent or someone released a statement saying he isn't anti-semetic because he is jewish. When people checked and saw that that isn't true, they released an ammended statement that said that although Richards wasn't born to jewish parents nor has he ever actually converted to judaism, he has many jewish friends and a deep understanding and appreciation for the jewish lifestyle.

You know... kinda how I am chinese.

WU-TANG FOREVER!!!
[User Picture]From: akiramich Date: November 29th, 2006 - 05:19 pm (Link)
I agree. If he was going after the heckler, was he going for a joke? And if not whats the point of being venimous to your paying audience?

I have heard some comedians go after audience memebers and usually they are trying to be funny. It might bother the person but its done in humour [like the time the Rev Bob Levy announced to the crowd that he was going to sodomize me because I had on a nice suit][and no he didnt say sodimize].

What I saw from Richards looked to be really venimous, and the question is where did than venom come from? IS this something that happened regularly in his act--since it does seem a bit unusual that someone was allowed to bring a camera in and videotape the performance [since most taping of shows isnt allowed]?
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: November 29th, 2006 - 10:18 pm (Link)
So they were actually talking about it this morning on the Stern show (coincidentally with Rev Bob Levy, who has apparently worked with him), and I am inclined to agree with their assessment. Richards isn't really a stand-up comic. He's an actor. He did some stand-up years ago, probably before he was even on Fridays and well before he was on Seinfeld, but he really hit it big when he became Kramer. Now that the show is over, he sort of has this instant cred as a headliner at clubs, but he never really developed an act to go with it. So he shows up, and he gets a two minute pop on name recognition alone, but once that's worn off he doesn't really have any material to keep them hooked so they turn on him. As you know, the bigger a face you are, the bigger a heel you are after the turn. So they end up really hating him, and he's not really prepared for it, and eventually, after 8 years (well, 7 since he had a sitcom for a minute after Seinfeld) its just gotten to him and he's starting to crack.
 

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