A cringeworthy incident occurred at the South Orange Performing Arts Center in South Orange, NJ Monday night during a Pete Davidson stand-up set, when an audience member tried to buddy up to the Saturday Night Live star but ended up getting his ass kicked out of the theater.
A source from Page Six reported that Davidson began setting up a joke with, “So a funny thing happened to me recently in my apartment … my friend died of a heart attack.”
At that moment, a heckler in the crowd loudly yelled out “Mac Miller!” Miller, as we know, died in September of an accidental drug overdose and reports indicate that 24-year-old’s death was the breaking point that led to the demise of Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s relationship.
The heckler likely thought his joke would be well received by Davidson. Not the case.
“Pete calmly stops his routine and asks the audience to ID the dude that yelled out and that he is going to have to leave. He then asks security to locate the yeller and escort him out.”
We’re told that Davidson said, “And give him back his money. I don’t want his money.” [via]
The source claims that the audience was “a bit bewildered” but when they realized Davidson wasn’t messing around, “they start pointing to where the yell came from.”
Davidson then reportedly said:
“I’m serious. I’m going to leave [the stage]. So if you want to hear the rest of the show you’ll point out to security who yelled so they can escort him out. If not, I’m going to leave right now. I’m not going to have any of that s–t happening at my show.”
The heckler was eventually identified and walked out by security without a fight. When the audience began to applaud the removal of the dude, Davidson said to the crowd:
“Don’t applaud that a–hole” then added, “Nah, go ahead applaud — applaud security for getting him out. They do a great job.”
The incident reportedly lasted about 5 minutes, but for that dude, it will probably stay with him for a lifetime.
[h/t Page Six]