Note to anyone attending a Russell Brand show: Heckle at your own risk.
The comic ripped into an audience member who repeatedly disrupted his routine by shouting out the name of his ex-missus, Katy Perry, during a stand-up routine in Atlantic City, New Jersey over the weekend.
"This guy randomly yelled out 'Katy Perry,' and at first, Russell didn't make much of it," an audience member tells Life & Style mag.
"But in a little while, he did it again and Russell lost it. He actually climbed down off the stage, made the crew turn the house lights up and told the audience to point the guy out."
In a video caught by another audience member, Brand let rip at the persistent heckler after he shouted "God save the queen!" during a segment about the royal family.
"What, mate?" asked Brand. "I want to see what this person looks like, turn the lights on for me because I really want to achieve some sort of confirmation. Let's have a look ... Come here, let's see you."
And although the culprit appeared to have lost his tongue, the audience promptly guided Brand to him.
Put it this way, he wasn't exactly enamoured by what he saw.
"Let's see how your mental illness looks in the daylight," Brand taunted. "It's you, is it? Oh, dear. I was hoping that your personality was just a result of physical beauty. But then I saw you. I thought, 'This guy's confident, probably, because he's incredibly handsome,' but look at you. You look like somebody who's fallen off the outside of a church."
He continued: "And what is it that you have rattling around your mind, some bizarre combination of alcohol and idiocy ... some cocktail of nothing. And yet the confidence to continue shouting. They say of course, don't they, that empty vessels make the most noise. What an enormous echo of nothingness from you."
Brand added during his five-minute reprimand: "I know on some level, despite your physical appearance to an ape, that you're a human being.
"I think silence is your friend. I think keep your lips firmly, firmly clamped together. Because everything that comes out of your mouth, from your idiotic announcements to your disgusting halitosis that's coming through this room, is an abomination."
Brand, who got hitched to Perry in October 2010 at a lavish ceremony in Jaipur, India, filed for divorce in December, citing "irreconcilable differences."
Watch: Russell Brand rips into heckler. WARNING: Contains coarse language
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