Infamous heckles…and some ruffled responses

Author: By Matilda Battersby

Heckling is traditional in politics, was common in Music Halls, is expected at
football matches (although no one can hear you anyway) and has strangely
died down in modern times – probably since recording devices maximised
possible embarassment and since the internet began offering a much safer and
anonymous means of complaining loudly about public figures.

Yesterday The Independent’s Pandora reported that former Australian
prime minister John Howard had been heckled and had a pair of shoes thrown
at him during a speech at the Cambridge Union, in an obvious copy of the
Iranian journalist who chucked his shoes at the then US president George

Perhaps because modern politeness has made heckling scarcer there are a few
instances which have gained notoriety – and they are not confined to
politics, as comedians and musicians will tell you.

We’ve picked ten of the most infamous heckles of the last couple of decades
and some of the pretty explosive responses they’ve garnered.

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