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Police called to remove catcalling heckler at Swansea comedy club

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

By Kate Clarke

  • The heckler is removed from the Swansea Grand Theatre comedy night.

  • Comedian Celia Pacquola performing at the Grand Theatre's Comedy Night.

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DEALING with hecklers is all part of the job when you are a stand-up comic. But one audience member at Swansea's Grand Theatre proved so persistent he had to be thrown out by the police.

The support act at Wednesday's comedy club show, Celia Pacquola, was repeatedly interrupted by a noisy detractor, and despite calls from staff to pipe down, he refused.

Helen Dalling, from the Grand's marketing team, said it all got a bit tiresome.

"The nature of comedy club nights is that the shows are a bit interactive, but this man was heckling constantly," she said. "Celia dealt with it well from the stage, but, during the interval, staff approached him and asked him to leave. He refused, so the police were called to remove him and another person he was with. The show wasn't disrupted at all."

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Being an Australian, Miss Pacquola is probably no stranger to straight talking, but her responses weren't enough to stop the ranter in his tracks.

An Edinburgh Festival regular, the comedian remained unruffled, but one audience member, David Rees, said staff clearly had little choice but to have the attention — seeking offender removed.

"I couldn't see the person from where I was sitting but I could hear him. Some people found him funny at first, but I think that just encouraged him and he wouldn't stop.

"It happens quite a lot at comedy nights — you get some people in the audience who think they are funnier than the act on stage.

"It is a shame because they can ruin it for the rest of the audience who have paid to see a professional comic. But he wasted his ticket money didn't he?

"And he probably wasn't laughing when the police arrived."

A police spokesman said: "A couple of chaps got a bit rowdy and police officers were asked to help them to leave the premises."

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