ROSEVILLE, CA - An aggressive heckler who interrupted a standup set during a comedy competion has caused an uproar among local comics.
Comedian Bryan Yang was performing at Mandango's Sports Bar & Grill late Monday night when the heckler forced his way onstage and hurled a racist taunt at Yang before tossing him off the platform.
"Shut the (expletive) up, gook!" the heckler demanded. "Get the (expletive) off stage!"
The incident, witnessed by a crowd of about 150, was caught on video and posted to YouTube.
The heckler was Abe Taleb, a manager at Sacramento's Punchline Comedy Club.
Mandango's owner Scott Ashley said the whole thing was staged.
"Abe got up and we had fun with it and Yang knew about it," Ashley said. "Everybody knew it was staged."
The YouTube posting set off a heated debate among local comics who insisted the incident was both unplanned and inappropriate.