Heckler thrown out of Great Dunmow Comedy Club after anti-Semitic remark towards comedian Mark Maier
Bishop's Stortford comic Paddy Lennox insisted he will not tolerate racism at his comedy clubs after he ejected a heckler for shouting an anti-Semitic remark at one of his acts.
Award-winning stand-up Mark Maier was less than four minutes into his act at Great Dunmow Comedy Club on Friday May 6 and was speaking about his German father when an audience member shouted: "I thought you'd be Jewish with that nose."
As the audience jeered and booed the heckler, a visibly shocked Maier said: "Well, I am Jewish and you, sir, are a racist c*** so why don't you f*** off out of here."
The audience began clapping and shouting 'Out' towards the heckler, but Maier said: "I don't really want to carry on, to be honest. Why would I want to entertain this complete racist idiot?"
Another audience member shouted 'throw him out, Paddy', directing his comment at compere Paddy Lennox, who runs the club along as well as the Laughing Bishops Comedy Club at the United Reformed Church Hall in Water Lane, Bishop's Stortford, which has a gig on Saturday (May 21).
Paddy told the Indie that as soon as he heard what had been said he went to where the man was sitting, in the second row, and told him to leave.
He revealed that the man had been shouting out from the start of the evening, accusing him of being a 'homo' after he had admired the physique of a man in the front row.
Paddy had tackled his heckles head on but warned the man he did not want them to continue when the comedians on the bill performed.
The heckler eventually left his seat following a heated conversation with Paddy, with the audience still shouting 'Out', during which Paddy threatened to call the police. The heckler, a white, bald man in his 50s who was with his wife and a friend, reluctantly left, but not before inviting Paddy outside for a fight.
Maier, who was the final act of four on the bill, completed his act and was greeted with a standing ovation.
"There's an anti-Semitic environment at the moment," said Paddy. "When this kicked off I decided 'I'm not having that'. I'm not having any anti-Semitism in my club."
At the end of the evening Paddy told the audience at the club at Foakes Hall that such behaviour would not be tolerated.
He added afterwards: "If I don't chuck him out I'm giving him licence to behave badly. I'm not saying you can't behave like that, but here's the rider, not in my club."
Mark Maier declined to report the incident to police and they are not believed to be investigating.