Scold Yeller

One of the true signs of a great stand-up, other than being able to keep an audience in stitches, is the ability to handle hecklers in the crowd. And it’s a tricky task, to be certain. Comics have to walk a tightrope when dispatching a smart-mouthed upstart, because they need to maintain order and avoid crossing into Michael Richards (or more recently, Daniel Tosh) territory.

It’s a skill that Jamie Kennedy has mastered with aplomb, as the comedian is capable of shooting down snarksters in his audiences with sniper-like efficiency and without winding up on TMZ. (Hell, the Malibu’s Most Wanted star devoted an entire documentary, fittingly titled Heckler, to the subject.)

In other words, it would probably be very wise to keep thy trap firmly shut if attending Kennedy’s sets at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Instead, why not just sit back and enjoy the gifted impressionist’s hilarious gags and observational humor, instead of becoming part of the show?

Fri., Aug. 3, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 4, 7 & 9:45 p.m., 2012
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.