Jerry Corley, the founder of the Stand Up Comedy Clinic in Burbank, California built his reputation as a 'road-warrior,' in stand-up comedy. A normal year would be 40+ weeks of work on the road, playing clubs, colleges and corporates all over the country. Multiply this by 27 years and you have a person with solid experience in dealing with crowds of all kinds.
"There are ways to handle hecklers the right way and the wrong way... I've had enough experience handling them the wrong way to impart the right way..." I've had a beer bottle thrown at my head... and after hitting a heckler too hard, this one guy went out to his truck and got a gun..."
"So my focus is how to keep the show a comedy show and not let it turn into a bar fight or a panic."