- May 11, 2004
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Probably the best comedian I've ever seen put a heckler in his place was Tim Allen.Oh, yes... definitely. That's the reason he was seen more as a joke than a menace. It's not so much that he shouted a bunch of angry hateful sounding nonsense as a passive aggressive come back, it's that he completely and utterly bombed and had a mental breakdown. It was a crappy last ditch effort to shut a bunch of hecklers up, and he'd pull any kind of extreme insult no matter who was in the audience heckling him. He went for a racial thing because he was angry and not thinking straight.
There are many other comedians that can defuse that situation and make the hecklers look like the biggest losers out there. I read something about Patton Oswalt totally handing a heckler's butt to himself. Michael wasn't savvy. He probably was pretty lousy as a stand up comedian, and he really had no legitimate work for years, and here he is in a dive bar being heckled. He acted out of anger boneheadedly, but was considered to be a joke over being offensive.
I take it back a bit... it probably cost him his career, but he probably didn't have much of one to begin with anyway. Though he did totally have a cameo in Bee Movie that had to go uncredited or Alan Smithee'd.
This was 1990, about a year or two before "Home Improvement" exploded, and you just KNEW this guy was about to break it big. He had to deal with a few drunken bums, but he handled himself so well, Mr. Richards could take a page from Tim's book. His act was definitely raunchy, but he didn't have to fall back on ethnic slurs to save face.