Moment stand-up comedian dodges punch from female heckler after she lost her temper and threw a drink at him when he mocked her for talking on the phone
- James Kilvington was attacked while compering amateur gig in Middlesbrough
- Footage shows him having to dodge a drink as an audience member is removed
- Suddenly she then throws a punch at his face, which the former boxer dodged
This is the moment a stand-up comedian dodged a punch from a female heckler after she lost her temper and threw a drink at him when he mocked her for talking on the phone during his set.
James Kilvington was compering a gig in Middlesbrough for inexperienced comics when a woman in the audience continued to talk loudly all the way through.
Footage shows the 32-year-old having to dodge a drink being thrown at him before asking the venue’s manager to remove a member of the audience.
As the woman culprit was walking out, James explained she was being thrown out because she hadn’t ‘shut the f**k up all the way through’.
Suddenly the woman threw a punch at his face but the experienced boxer managed to dodge her fist before she was finally ejected.
James Kilvington (pictured) was compering a gig in Middlesbrough for inexperienced comics when a woman in the audience continued to talk loudly all the way through
The former boxer managed to dodge the punch (pictured) which was suddenly thrown at the comedy club
James, from Middlesbrough, said: ‘I had 39 senior fights in boxing and she was my 40th. I boxed at all classes at the highest level possible as an amateur.
‘As she came towards me I could see she was going to punch me and being an ex-boxer it was so easy to block her and get her out of the way.
‘I’d never do anything to retaliate. I kept thinking she was going to come back in and attack me but she didn’t.
‘I started comedy a year before lockdown and had started to become quite popular. I was asked by a comedy night to host their new acts, new material night.
‘It’s only cheap to get in so you get all types in, even people who have never been to a comedy show before so you explain the rules when they get in.
‘Halfway through the night I went back on stage and the room was really relaxed and nice because she’d walked out.
‘I said ‘thank god she’s gone’ as it was nice to be able to hear myself talk. As I said that she walked back in and everyone started laughing.
‘She turned around and asked aggressively what did you say. I told her she hadn’t shut up and I turned to the crowd and joked she was at it again.
‘She was on the phone so didn’t realise I was talking about her and I again told her she hadn’t shut up which is when she threw her pint at me.
‘I just knew when she turned her drink that she was going to fling it towards me so I moved out of the way. I was fuming. I couldn’t keep her in the room so told the manager to get rid of her.’
As the woman culprit was walking out, James explained she was being thrown out because she hadn’t ‘shut the f**k up all the way through’
But she then turned aggressive and tried to swing for the comic, who is also an experienced former boxer
The gig took place in January 2020, but James has only just uploaded the video to social media to encourage people to treat comedy gigs like they would a trip to the movies.
James said: ‘People need to go to comedy with an open mind. It’s all done tongue in cheek. You shouldn’t be going there to get steaming drunk.
‘You wouldn’t do that to go to the cinema. That’s why I try to explain my shows before. Getting drunk doesn’t make the comedy funnier.
‘I’m lucky that I’ll do audience participation in my shows but some comics aren’t like that.
‘I told the audience that a lot of the acts had travelled from all over the country just to practice in front of people and asking them not to heckle them.
‘I said if you want to heckle anyone, do it to me, but know I will come back at you and everyone took it tongue in cheek.
‘There was a young woman on first and this woman in the audience was talking loudly all the way through with her back to the comedian.
‘She was told two or three times to be quiet and when I next came on stage I told her to leave if she didn’t like the show. She was getting more and more drunk at this point.’
Footage of James’ altercation has been viewed more than 900,000 times with people hailing his reflexes and even comparing him to Mike Tyson.
One commented: ‘Still a better ‘fight’ than [Floyd] Mayweather and [Logan] Paul. Handled that well, would have liked to have seen you counter her though.’
Another added: ‘Why do people go to comedian stand ups if they can’t handle it!’