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A few weeks ago I was performing and the crowd was responsive and enthusiastic. I decided to try a new joke where I attempt to juggle five balls using only my mind... obviously it doesn't work and I make a comment about how it's my dream and someday it will happen and when it does, it will be awesome! I get my laugh and there is a sweet silent second before a kid yells out: "Its never going to happen!" The kid has perfect timing.

 

The whole theater erupted into laughter and applause. The best response so far in the whole show. Incredible. I am shamed to admit that I didn't want this little kid heckler to "win" and so I asked them to raise the house lights and I ventured into the audience to find him. The audience gave the kid up pretty quick and even his parents were pointing him out. I introduced myself to the kid and then asked him his name, his age, and what he wanted to be when he grew up. "A firefighter!" he said proudly. I looked at him, took a breath, and in front of his parents, 1500 hundred strangers, and the stage staff I said and don't get ahead of me: "It's never going to happen". Before you judge me, the whole audience including parents, laughed. A lot. I'm not going to lie, I got some applause. It was funny. This isn't the worst thing I've ever said. Then he started crying...and then I said: "I'm just joking, you can be whatever you want...". He stopped crying. 

"Except a firefighter"

And that was the worst thing I've ever said onstage.