KDWB's Steve "Steve-O" LaTart battles comedians over heckling

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Steve-O got his heckle on at House of Comedy the other night...
This past Tuesday, the House of Comedy wrapped up its fifth annual Funniest Person With A Day Job contest, with some of the very best Twin Cities comedians competing for the $1,000 grand prize.

Ultimately, the title was awarded to Rana May, by what was said to be an incredibly narrow margin. While the contest once again showcased the best up-and-coming Minnesota comedy talent, the real story of the night didn't happen on stage; it happened at the judges' table.

According to folks in attendance, the situation played out like this:

During one of the finalist's sets, celebrity judge Steve "Steve-O" LaTart of KDWB fame shouted something toward the stage. Drunk hecklers are something that most comedians deal with at some point in their careers, of course, but the fact that the perpetrator was one of the event's judges made it even more disruptive.

One of the other judges, comedian Gus Lynch, took LaTart to task for the remark, comparing him to a leper, which received a standing ovation from the crowd.

According to the morning show host, things went a little differently:

"During an awkward pause I said, 'Bored out of my mind,'" LaTart shares via email. "[After Lynch's speech] I actually just held my drink in the air and started to say, 'Whatever...blah...' But I ended up stopping because I wasn't heard. After his speech, he got up and I tried to stop him, and he either didn't see me or didn't want to stop. At that point, I really didn't know what I would have said but about two minutes later one of the other judges (not Rick or Ian, who thought what I said was funny, per Ian) started saying how disrespectful I was. I made a comment and said that wasn't my intention, but that it's also a comedy club and I didn't think I was out of line. A few people made digs at me that I brushed off, and I never formally apologized to anyone else. If the comedian who was onstage feels he needs an apology, then I will, but to the three or four random people walking up to telling me I suck, to fuck off, and that I'm worthless, I thought it was okay that I didn't apologize [to them]."

While the rest of the evening's activities went as planned, the real shit show began later that evening when some comedians and fans chose to unleash some epic venom over Twitter. Some of our favorites included:




Admittedly, this writer himself got in on the action:

But this was by far the most scathing of the night:


"I left right after the show was over because, as uncool as it sounds, because I told my wife I would be home at 9:30 but the show was running late so I got home and 10 and boom - anger," LaTart says of his post-show online flaming. "Did I love it? Yes, because it's not over something actually serious, and my favorite [part] is some of the people who are comedy snobs were also offended."
 
LaTart refused to back down to his detractors, playing up his new-found role as Minnesota comedy's number one villain throughout the night and into yesterday.

Is this a case of a drunken heckler getting served by the internet? Was it a well-planned publicity move to get more listeners for the Dave Ryan Show? Or do people just really like talking shit on Twitter? All we know is that it made for a hell of an entertaining read.

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17 comments
swmnguy
swmnguy

I didn't know KDWB had DJs anymore.  I thought that was one of those canned radio stations, that plays computer-generated playlists and hires voice talent someplace like Florida to come in for an afternoon and tape a month's worth of voice-overs, intros and out-tro's.

mbpeterson19
mbpeterson19

Isn't the real issue that he DROVE home..?

Heather Mae Linnell
Heather Mae Linnell

Y'all are taking a piddly little comedy show WAY too seriously. Who gives a flying fuck ?? Seriously....

Kris Holiday
Kris Holiday

It's a rhetorical performance. If you heckle, you're an asshole.

NickHennen
NickHennen

I think it's cute that he's refereed to as a "celebrity judge."

Daniel Bolmgren
Daniel Bolmgren

He was drunk out of his gourd by the first comedian, totally disrespectful, more acting like a high school kid who had never drank before and presented himself like a caricature of an "over the top" drunk person than an actual sentient individual with a heart and mind. He shouted out "bored out of my mind" during someones set; whom I personally found to be terrifically funny! Of all the people to be a judge why did they select the lowest of the lowest of FM radio hosts, I didn't even know people still listen to KDWB let alone letting this Stevo (original nickname btw) get a job as a subhuman radio personality. Glad he ran out of the building once he realized the entire audience was about to go medieval on his sad excuse of a soul.

rana_may
rana_may

Cheers and love to the other rad comedians not mentioned: Dan Mogol and Andrew Wegleitner who also won! And Brandi Brown, Mike Heraly and Misha Estrin who all had really great sets. Misha was the heckled comic and he pulled off an amazing set that relies on people's comedy expectations and awkwardness and tension. 500 other people who were silently waiting for the tension to be released managed to somehow not heckle. They're the real heroes. What a great goddamn crowd of hero-people.

Jill Munn Blesener
Jill Munn Blesener

He never mentions being drunk as the reason why he yelled that, though, yet everyone keeps calling him a drunken heckler?

Charlie Milkey
Charlie Milkey

I was there - that was the dumbest thing I've ever seen happen at a comedy show, and I've seen a Dane Cook comedy show.

Jean Hehn
Jean Hehn

And this is why people are getting sick of that morning show. Adults that act like children. Then again, dumbing it down seems to be what they need to do for those that listen to that station.

anonymous
anonymous

Is this a joke or are people really this fucking whiny?

ChazDanger
ChazDanger topcommenter

I think it's that he simply doesn't know that Heckling is the worst thing you can do.  Plus this was an amateur night, which is already tough on these comics.  So yes, he lacked class.

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