Someone Puked During My Comedy Set

I had a stand-up show last night, and it was by far the most surreal show I've ever done. I planned on doing roughly 15 minutes of brand new material. I ended up doing 25 minutes, and 10 of it was looking on the ground in pure horror. The host, Charlie Stone, a good friend of mine, introduced me as thus, "Who here likes optimism? Then you'll hate our next comedian. Ladies and gentlemen, Mat Elfring." I was berated with one of the loudest cheers and applause I've ever received, and grabbed the mic only to demand more cheering and applause.
 
I did my first bit on Thanksgiving and how I thought my sister was loosing her mind, and I was about to do a bit on Black Friday. I was nervous about the bit because I wrote it an hour before I went on stage and as soon as I started the joke, I hear a drink spill behind me and the crowd collectively said "ewwww." I turned around to see a viscous liquid all over the ground, and someone yelled from the crowd, "someone puked on the wall."  I stood and stared at the puke for a minute, then goofed on the guy. I started trying to do my set again, but pukey's friend got a mop and was about to clean it up, but he started threatening people, then the manager came over and screamed at him. I watched this for 5 minutes in horror, making odd commentary about the situation to the crowd, and confused about what to actually do.
 
I sat down on the chair next to the mic and decided to start doing my set again, since 10 minutes had gone by. "Hey, what's the deal with airline food." I'm glad to say, that got more laughs than the guy puking. Two people walked into the seating area and I started yelling, "Guys! you missed it! My set was doing so well that this dude started puking from laughing so hard. It was (curse word!)ing awesome." Again, got some big laughs and the crowd was finally paying attention again. Probably one of the scariest sets I've done simply because within a span of 10 seconds, I went from the crowd focused entirely on me to focused on some idiot who was super drunk at 9:30pm on a Wednesday. Overall, the set ended up being pretty awesome and I got a lot of support from fellow comedians: "great set sir...and the way you handled the vomiting incident was the best!" It will forever be my most memorable set....
35 Comments
35 Comments
Posted by Baron_Emo

That's awesome! You can't plan for bits like that.

Posted by Red L.A.M.P.

I want photos of this puke.  Dunno why I want it though.

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Posted by inferiorego
@Red L.A.M.P. said:
" I want photos of this puke.  Dunno why I want it though. "
Last minute, I decided not to film my set.... Biggest mistake I've ever made.
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Posted by Baron_Emo
@inferiorego said:
" @Red L.A.M.P. said:
" I want photos of this puke.  Dunno why I want it though. "
Last minute, I decided not to film my set.... Biggest mistake I've ever made. "
Ah, lame.
Posted by mikethekiller

Damn, I wish I was there.

Posted by ARMIV

That sounds like one weird and fantastic night. But now you've got some real good material to tell to the next crowd!
Posted by NightFang
@ARMIV said:
" That sounds like one weird and fantastic night. But now you've got some real good material to tell to the next crowd! "
Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir

See how long you can milk the "I made a guy laugh so hard he threw up" line

Posted by Caligula
@inferiorego: wow man props, i've tried open mic and it's hard. And im and attention fiend, and it's hard. i would love to see some of your stuff.
Posted by inferiorego
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Posted by Decept-O

This story is entertaining and like Red LAMP, want some footage.  Although I fear there might be some type of "chain puking" by Comic Vine members if they see the dude puking.  Which would really be hilarious.   
 
Sounds like you're getting practice how to handle interruptions and the like!
Posted by Lance Uppercut
@inferiorego: Not gonna lie, that bit about the Cubs winning the world series was f****** hilarious. 
Posted by inferiorego
@Lance Uppercut said:
" @inferiorego: Not gonna lie, that bit about the Cubs winning the world series was f****** hilarious.  "
Thank you, I've actually only done that bit once. It's one of my many "seasonal" jokes.
@Decept-O said:
" Sounds like you're getting practice how to handle interruptions and the like! "
I started doing comedy at what many comics consider to be "comedy's black hole:" Open Mics, and not comedy open mics, but rather open mics for acoustic guitar players. No one hates comedy more than people who like acoustic guitar rock.
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Posted by Decept-O
@inferiorego:
I had no idea.  I guess that truly is a bit of a proving ground for you!  Continued luck with your efforts and success with your comedy!
Posted by Mercy_

LMFAO. That's hilarious.

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Posted by Lance Uppercut
@The Dark Huntress said:
" LMFAO. That's hilarious. "
Right...
Posted by FLCL1

*snicker*
Posted by inferiorego
@Decept-O said:
" @inferiorego: I had no idea.  I guess that truly is a bit of a proving ground for you!  Continued luck with your efforts and success with your comedy! "
After my last week of work next week, I'm going on a mini-tour of Chicago comedy clubs for about 5 days. It should be a blast
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Posted by Decept-O
@inferiorego:
Wow, that sounds like fun.  A great way to get more attention to you and your routine.  Again, nothing but good luck and success for you!
Posted by Bigheart711
@mikethekiller said:
" Damn, I wish I was there. "
Same here. :(
Posted by King Saturn
well you can thank Cthulhu he did not puke on you at least... :P
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Posted by MKF30

That's gross but kind of funny at the same time.

Posted by CellphoneGirl

That's something you don't see everyday.

Posted by _Sojourn_

They probably just laughed so hard that they puked XD

Posted by EisforExtinction

When life gives you puke, make lemonade.... but for the love of God don't make the lemonade from the puke.

Posted by Beast King
@Red L.A.M.P. said:
" I want photos of this puke.  Dunno why I want it though. "
What is this...Tosh.0?
Posted by CATMANEXE--defunct

now you realize you need to make a staple out of this and have some kind of real vomit, or other " body ejection " at every show for the sake of art.

Posted by inferiorego
@CATMANEXE said:
" now you realize you need to make a staple out of this and have some kind of real vomit, or other " body ejection " at every show for the sake of art. "
yes..... "art"
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Posted by Mr. Mercury

LOL! I kept seeing the title and I was like he better have cracked on the guy who puked. Good job and good luck in the future!

Posted by CATMANEXE--defunct
@inferiorego said:
" @CATMANEXE said:
" now you realize you need to make a staple out of this and have some kind of real vomit, or other " body ejection " at every show for the sake of art. "
yes..... "art" "
mmm-hmm. though technically i think the law calls that kind of art " Lewd And Lascivious Behavior ", or at least they told me it is ^_-
Posted by ImperiousRix

InferiorEgo. 
He handles vomiting incidents the best.

Posted by Illyana Rasputin

i hate it when people puke at my performances. I am actually a male exotic dancer, by night.

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Jesus, i wish i could have been there for that.

Posted by TypingKira

Pretty sad place to be in, when you get drunk on wednesdays. It's the best day of the week! Nice job diverting the drama. 

Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

It`s a weird, wonderful world.