October 11, 2006


Streisand snaps at pushy heckler during concert: Obscenity mars Madison Square Garden event; Fans show weariness at singer's anti-Bush skit (RICHARD OUZOUNIAN, 10/11/06, Toronto Star)

More tunes, less talk. More ballads, less Bush. More "People," less politics.

That's what America has been telling Barbra Streisand during the first three stops of her concert tour, which is scheduled to play the Air Canada Centre on Oct. 17 and 20. [...]

The superstar entertainer is a well known heart-on-her-sleeve liberal and the second act of her show features a sequence where impersonator Steve Bridges enters disguised as one of Streisand's particular bêtes noires, George W. Bush, and engages in a comic dialogue with her.

The one universal criticism of Streisand's generally acclaimed performances to date has been that the Bush segment goes on too long and really isn't that funny. [...]

During the Bush sequence, Variety's critic David Rooney told the Toronto Star that "scattered pockets of heckling were heard throughout the arena, gradually escalating into booing."

But after the Bush section, a particular solo heckler kept taunting her during one of her most sensitive ballads, "Have I Stayed Too Long at the Fair?" and Streisand finally reached her limit.

"Shut the f--- up, would you?" she snapped angrily. "Shut up if you can't take a joke."

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2006 8:31 AM

From the dark clouds of war, congressional scandal and Michelle Wie's continued failure to make a PGA cut ... comes a bright ray of hope.

Streisand is booed in Manhattan.

I'm telling you, it restores my faith in America.

Posted by: JonSK at October 11, 2006 9:08 AM

Be fun if some hecklers in Toronto would show up at Air Canada Centre next week to keep the pressure on and make BS lose her cool again.

Posted by: erp at October 11, 2006 10:45 AM

Anyone attending a Streisand concert deserves to be cursed at.

Posted by: Shelton at October 11, 2006 11:07 AM
"Shut up if you can't take a joke."
I assume she's referring to her entire act, right? Posted by: Kirk Parker at October 11, 2006 11:41 AM

Whatever, Streisand's faults, hecklers are almost always jerks and deserve to be yelled at.

Posted by: Brandon at October 11, 2006 11:49 AM

The Streisand camp is telling the New York Post today that Babs was the apparent victim of a Republican stalker who goaded her into her f-bomb attack (which even if true is OK for the other side, if you can get George Allen to do the same thing).

Anyway, her outburst at the Garden shows Babs is keeping up with the times, and is probably ready to release that X-rated hip-hop CD now, or get front row season tickets for New York Knicks games, where yelling expletives is probably a requirement this season.

Posted by: John at October 11, 2006 12:39 PM

Mr. Bridges is today where Darrell Hammond was five years ago: 14:59 and time is flying.

Posted by: AC at October 11, 2006 2:59 PM

Mr. Bridges / Darrell Hammond / BS heckler ??

Posted by: erp at October 11, 2006 3:51 PM