Randy Kagan, Stand-Up Comic, Reportedly Assaulted at 'Hollywood Improv' for Making Fun of Girl in Front Row
Updated after the jump: A witness confirms the girl-in-the-front-row story. Meanwhile, Kagan, who sounds like he's having the worst week ever, gets really, really mad at us. He also calls his attacker a "fucking lunatic felon" and the Improv a chicken-wing factory.
Prepare to get sucker-punched.
Originally posted at 12:05 p.m.
General etiquette at any Hollywood comedy show: When the stand-up comic on the stage derails from his script to poke fun at you or a loved one, you grin and bear it. (Are we right? Stand-up is not for the sensitive at heart!)
But L.A. comedian Randy Kagan apparently called out the wrong audience member last Friday night at Hollywood Improv on Melrose.
Kagan "made a comment towards a female in the front row, and the boyfriend didn't like it," says Peter Banachowski, office manager at the club. Although he wasn't there to witness the mauling, Banachowski got a play-by-play from sound guy "Jake," who was also the one to break up the fight.
Kagan's comment may have had to do with the way the woman was eating her food, says Banachowski.
The club seems unimpressed that various media outlets have angled the fight to have been about California pride, seeing as Kagan was in the middle of a set about the Golden State. (Riding off L.A.'s butthurt obsession with recent SNL skit "The Californians," perhaps?)
Kagan tells CBS LA: "I was doing a bit about California. Then I got a little applause and then out of nowhere, literally out of nowhere, I was blindsided, bum rushed."
Oh, also -- his wrist hurts from fighting back so hard. "I was able to pummel him in the face more times than I ever have anyone in my life," Kagan
brags complains in the CBS LA story.
The funny guy also alleges that no Improv staff came to his rescue. In contrast, Banachowski tells the Weekly that the club's sound guy was tearing the two apart within 30 seconds -- as quick as is possible "when somebody bum-rushes a comic like that."
Security guards were "still seating people" during the bum-rush, says the office manager.
After the sound guy's heroic save, security did briefly detain the attacker. However, they later released him while waiting for the LAPD to show up, because "at the moment, we were unsure of our rights."
Banachowski claims that LAPD officers were able to get the guy's name from lingering patrons. We've contacted detectives at the Hollywood Station to confirm.
Anyway, y'all, going forward -- comedians are totally allowed to make fun of your girlfriend for eating weird. Don't be the douche who takes his own insecurities out on the talent. First Amendment, etc.!
"In my two years at the club, I've never seen anything like that," says Banachowski. "Even at open mics with all the crazy people."
Update: An LA Weekly commenter called "Everstar33," who says he was at the show, claims that...
"... Not only were security talking to trashy girls outside the club, Randy had to defend himself for that full 30-40 seconds until Rick Overton and another comic came to his rescue."
If anyone else was there and saw what happened, please let us know! Better yet, VIDEO.
UP NEXT: Kagan rips into LA Weekly, the Improv and the psychopath that bum-rushed his set on Friday night. Also, a witness account.