Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term heckling.
On heckling’s official page, we define the term as “aggressively interrupting a performance with disturbing and abusive comments.” But now we want to know what the term heckling means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.
– Have you ever seen a performer shut down a heckler in a funny or memorable way?
– Or maybe you are the one who took the heckler to task. How did you get the jerk to stop?
– Admit it: Have you ever heckled? Or, more likely, have you ever wished you had the bad manners to heckle? I know a few audible “oys” have escaped my mouth from time to time…
If you’d like to make a video of your own about heckling, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!
Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor