It can be surprisingly risky to go through a stranger’s pockets for a joke, and this comedian found out the hard way.
In this worthy contender for Throwback Thursday, Adam Newman had started his set at the Laughing Skull Lounge when he started riffing about a couple in the audience who had been heckling and disruptive for the whole show and had just disappeared to the bathroom. “You guys wanna go through their shit?” he said.
The wife came back a second later, but she handed her husband’s jacket right over and Newman put it on. Going through the pockets and finding tissues and gum wrappers, he remarked “This is set up to be horribly disappointing” - right before he pulled out a little bag of cocaine.
“I’m gonna go ahead and give this jacket back,” the freaked-out comedian said. “You gotta be fucking kidding me. That was the scariest moment I’ve ever had in my life.”
Fortunately there were no police in the audience, so things didn’t go as badly as they could have. “If you guys heckle, though, you guys are in fucking jail tonight.”