The Art of Heckling and Why It Should Die Explored in This In-Depth Doc

August 23, 2017 —
 Writers, critics and audiences have one thing in common: an opinion. The difference between the three is how these opinions are presented — and if there’s one method that is universally rejected by performers as tasteless, obnoxious and wasted effort, it’s heckling.

In Heckler, a documentary exploring criticism culture from the point of view of the stage performer, entertainers recall their personal experiences dealing with public and written backlash. Between screaming obscenities and writing scathing online reviews, performers who find themselves in the spotlight often cannot escape barrages of negativity that often feels nothing but completely personal.

Unfortunately, “you have to be sensitive to be good,” or so says commentator Bill Maher. So how can these entertainers find the confidence to carry on when it feels like the world is completely against them?

Heckler offers commentary from a massive array of iconic comedians and talent, including The Late Late Show‘s Craig Ferguson, Roseanne Barr, Lewis Black, Patton Oswalt (The King of Queens, Ratatouille), Henry Winkler (Happy Days, Parks and Recreation), Carrie Fisher, Ron Jeremy, Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), and journalist Christopher Hitchens, among others.

Heckler is available to stream on Amazon Prime.
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