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Comedian earns praise for chugging beer thrown at her by Trump-supporting heckler

There were some frightening moments at a Jersey Shore comedy club this weekend when a heckler threw a full beer at the performer on stage.

News 12 Staff

Oct 11, 2022, 2:25 AM

Updated 594 days ago

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There were some frightening moments at a Jersey Shore comedy club this weekend when a heckler threw a full beer at the performer on stage.
Comic Ariel Elias was performing at Uncle Vinney’s Comedy Club in Point Pleasant Beach on Saturday and was inches away from being struck in the head by a full beer can. What she did next won her points with the crowd.
“She goes, ‘I was just a wreck and I needed a drink,’” says club owner Dino Ibelli. “It was stressful for about, I would say 10-15 seconds, and that was it.”
The incident happened during Elias’s Q&A portion of her set. An audience member asked her if she voted for former President Donald Trump.
Elias responded, “Why would you ask me that, knowing I’m the only Jew in the room? Are you trying to get me killed?”
The heckler responded that she could tell Elias voted for President Joe Biden “based on [her] jokes.”
The crowd started to get uneasy at this exchange. Elias then told the crowd “Make some noise if you want her to shut up.”
That’s when someone – believed to be the heckler’s husband – threw a beer at the stage, narrowly missing Elias. Elias responded by picking up the beer and chugging it.
The beer-thrower ran out of the club too quickly for anyone to catch him. But Ibelli says he found out who it was through the club’s surveillance system and some research.
“We’re going to prosecute to the fullest extent that we can. What it’s going to be, I don’t know the actual terms, but we’re going to go full steam ahead,” he says.
Ibelli says that in the club’s 20 years in business, nothing like this has ever happened. He says he is glad no one got hurt.
"The comedian's the only one with the microphone. They're the only professional in the room. And when you start heckling a comedian, everyone else is against you. So now you're fighting against 100-plus people and yourself and you're never going to win,” he says.
Elias was not available to be interviewed. But she received a lot of support from other comedians.
The Point Pleasant Beach Police Department says that she does not wish to pursue changes and that any information that police have made an arrest is false.


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