A comedian cleverly handles an audience member infatuated with her boyfriend, turning awkwardness into laughter.
One of the most challenging things to do as a standup comedian is crowd work. Taking notes from people in the crowd and making jokes that are not offensive is a bit of a task. What makes the situation worse is when hecklers are present in the audience with the sole purpose of trying to get in the comedian's head with their remarks. Kelsey Cook, an American comedian, faced such a situation during one of her shows. She has shared the video on YouTube, where it has 71,625 views and 1.5K likes.
The heckler in the audience happened to be a woman who had an unnerving obsession with Cook's boyfriend Chad Daniels, who also happens to be a comedian. In the short clip, she tells the audience about him and she sees a woman smiling. Cook asks her, "Is he your favorite comedian?" and the woman nods along. The woman in the audience shares how she has seen her husband perform eight times. Cook hilariously replies, "That is so f****** rude," which gets the audience laughing.
But the woman is not done as she shouts out, "He's so funny!" Cook does not back down and exclaims that she knows since he is her boyfriend. She points out how she moved to Minnesota to hear more of his jokes. Cook continues with her show but the woman interrupts her by mentioning that she finds her boyfriend "cute, hot, and very funny." The comedian does not give any reaction and calmly smiles at the woman, thanking her for all the compliments she has given her boyfriend.
She uses this as an opportunity to highlight how it is the first time in one of her shows that she has met somebody who is deeply in love with her boyfriend. The woman, sensing that she has crossed a boundary, tries to make amends by saying, "It's all good." Cook begins questioning the woman's husband and asks him how he feels about her crush. He tries to sign something at her and finally speaks out, "I think he has a restraining order against her."
Cook turns back to the woman and inquires, "Are you blocked on Instagram?" The woman then clarifies that she is not blocked and that Daniels even responded to some of her messages. Cook decides to play along and goes to her phone, pretending to call up her boyfriend. The video concluded with Cook saying, "My boyfriend's name is Chad," and then looking at the woman, says, "As you have written on your notebook 500 times." People loved the way Cook handled the situation and put down their thoughts in the comments section.
@underratedreplyguy suggested, "I'll gather a bunch of my boys, and we'll go to 1 of Chad's shows and all gush to him over how hot and funny Kelsey is." @patrick815 said, "That's funny. I happen to have a crush on Kelsey. I hope Chad doesn't mind." @Laceykat66 highlighted, "Half of this generation's comedians are so cookie-cutter you don't see their talent until they interact with the audience." Cook and Chad Daniels, a few days later, also shared a clip that shows him addressing the incident involving the female fan in a fun way. He said that the woman was "not a stalker" and that she and her husband were just "big fans." The woman in question appeared to have dropped a comment on their post, justifying her actions at Cook's show:
She wrote: "In all sincerity, I feel terrible and apologize for the interaction. I got nervous and should have shut up much sooner than I did. We’ve been to a lot of comedy shows and I’ve never had a comedian talk to me. Chad’s “response” on my Instagram post was actually very sweet as he was responding to my post about my mom having cancer and thanking us for coming to his show. I think he’s hilarious, my whole family thinks he’s hilarious, and my husband and I had a great time at your show."