Comedians are often used to hecklers but Steve Brown faced a fan who turned violent. Brown was attacked during a set at the Comedy House in Columbia, South Carolina on Sunday night. According to TMZ, Brown was on stage when a person from the audience jumped onstage and then came after him. He swung wildly at the comedian with the mic stand and a stool.
The comedian ducked out of the way multiple times and authorities were called in. Authorities shared that the suspect is someone named Marvin. In addition to Brown, four others at the club were injured and want to press charges against the attacker. One victim is a security guard who claimed that he got punched in the face as the assailant made his escape. There were also physical damages to the venue, including $400 worth of property damages.
Brown himself was not harmed. He took to Instagram to share the experience. "First off let me start by saying Thanks for the calls and messages from friends, fans and my family. With that being said, let me say this. This unprovoked attacked that happened to me tonight is a reminder of why these comedy clubs should have well equipped PROFESSIONAL security to protect us entertainers who bring their club so much money," he captioned on Instagram. "I thank God for looking out for me and giving my old ass the ability to Bob and weave because this could have ended in horrible way."
The incident was captured on video from a fan named Tumika LaSha's cell phone. She spoke to ABC13 about the attack: "I saw the guy was getting up from the table. So, when the comedian said, 'This ain't what you want.' The guy was coming toward him and trying to get to the stage. He was trying to keep the guy off. The guy came around toward my table and jumped over my table to get to the stage," LaSha said.
The comedy club would not respond to ABC13's request for comment.
According to the New York Daily News, the Richland County Sherriff's Department responded to the incident but has not made any arrests.