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Grand Theatre heckler apologised to comedian Celia Pacquola

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

By Ruth Dawson / ruth.dawson@swwmedia.co.uk / @Ruth_Dawson

  • The comedy club heckler at Swansea's Grand Theatre.

  • Comedian Celia Pacquola.

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An audience member at the Grand Theatre’s comedy club has spoken out over the incident which saw him being removed from the venue by police.

Australian comic Celia Pacquola, the support act at the comedy show, was said to have been repeatedly interrupted by a noisy detractor, who refused to keep quiet when asked by staff.

In a letter to the South Wales Evening Post, Jason Spooner said that his comments were only comebacks to Ms Pacquola’s audience interaction.

“I sat in the front row, and as people who go to comedy gigs know, if you sit in the front row you can sometimes be subject to a little ribbing from the acts,” Mr Spooner writes.

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“The compere, after my friend and I answered a question, did proceed to make fun of us, and I not my friend, replied in kind. This continued with the next act.

“When I thought it was getting out of hand I apologised unreservedly to the act and I hoped that would be the end of it.”

Mr Spooner continues, confirming that he was asked to leave but refused to do so unless he was given a refund. When staff declined, he asked to speak to the manager but was not allowed to. The police were then called to remove him and his companion.

Comedy club visitor David Rees, said that staff had little choice but to ask Mr Spooner to leave after his heckling began to ruin the experience for the rest of the audience.

"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?”

However, Mr Spooner asserts that his comments were only in jest and he did make attempts to apologise to the comedian.

“They seem to neglect saying that I had apologised and wanted things to move on,” he adds.

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  • theparcel  |  June 03 2014, 4:09PM

    No one appreciates a spoilport, sport!

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