Comedian Drives 150 Miles to Confront Relentless Heckler
“Revenge is a dish best served cold — 10 years later,” says Canadian stand-up comic Bobby Mair.
What the hell does that mean? Here’s the story of how one comedian may have set a record for the longest pause in between crowd work.
The unlikely tale begins in the U.K., where Mair performed at a Birmingham club a decade ago. One patron decided to stick it to the comic by yelling out “Chicken wire!” during the performance. We’ve heard heckles both more cruel and more clever (and frankly, insults that simply made more sense), but “Chicken wire!” was this particular irritant’s barb of choice. “I got off stage,” says Mair in a recent social media post, “and assumed that was the end of it.”
Turns out, it was just the beginning. For the next ten years, the same dude popped up online to essentially heckle Mair’s social media posts. Mair said something on his Facebook fan page? Chicken Wire Guy was there with his trademark response.
But Chicken Wire Guy made a crucial mistake with his online taunting, says Mair -- he used his real name. Mair found his LinkedIn account, which helpfully identified where Chicken Wire Guy worked. With that information in his back pocket, Mair drove 150 miles to the heckler’s workplace to give him a taste of his own medicine.
Mair arrived at what appears to be a 1980s shopping mall and found assistant manager Chicken Wire Guy in his place of business. “Chicken wire! Chicken wire! Chicken wire!” Mair shouted in his face, both index fingers poking the air for emphasis. “I win! You lose!” Don’t take our word for it -- you can watch Mair’s video for yourself, currently at 1.7 million views and counting.
Give Chicken Wire Guy some credit for having a sense of humor -- he seems to find the whole confrontation hilarious. “This is years in the making!” shouted Mair to any befuddled mall shopper who would listen. “He’s been trolling me for ten years! And now I win!”
But did Mair actually earn victory? Some of his followers weren’t so sure.
Win or lose, @Deejayatkins asked the only question that really mattered.