Ariel Elias, Kentucky comedian, dodges beer can and draws cheers – Courier Journal

No one threw tomatoes at a Kentucky comedian when she was on stage recently, but someone threw a beer can at her. And her reaction following the viral incident earlier this month has drawn a strong reaction from her supporters.
Ariel Elias, self-described “Kentucky Jew” and comedian, made waves over the weekend after a video was posted to social media that showed her dodging a beer can that had been thrown at her during a show and then chugging what was left.
The incident took place during a performance at Uncle Vinnie’s Comedy Club in New Jersey. In the clip, Elias reacts after an audience member asked if she’d voted for former President Donald Trump during a questions-and-answers portion of her show.
Elias, who said she grew up in Lexington, first reacts by asking the heckler why she would ask that “knowing I’m the only Jew in this room.” It’s a pertinent question given some of Trump’s previous comments – like the time he told a journalist Jewish people in the U.S. “either don’t like Israel or don’t care about Israel,” or when he reportedly said his Jewish son-in-law Jared Kushner is “more loyal to Israel than the United States,” or when he said Jewish people who vote for Democrats had shown “great disloyalty.”
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In the clip, Elias jokingly asked the heckler if they were “trying to get (her) killed,” and laughed it off, encouraging audience members to vote for whoever they want and attempting to end the exchange. She earned cheers from the crowd when she responded to a heckler who said they could tell she’d voted for Biden that she could “tell by the fact that you’re still talking when nobody wants you to that you voted for Trump.”
Moments later, the video shows, laughter in the room was halted when what appeared to be a full can hurtled past her and broke open after hitting the wall. But after a brief moment of stunned silence, Elias is shown picking up the can and chugging what was left in it, to cheers from the audience.
In a Twitter post, Elias said the club is pressing charges against the man who threw the can, who was married to the woman had initially yelled at Elias on stage, according to Dino Ibelli, the owner of the club. Elias also said she’d been booked for another performance in April.
The exchange, meanwhile, drew plenty of attention from other big names in the world of comedy.
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Dan Wilbur, a comedian and author who’s written for CollegeHumor and The Onion, said that “The video makes this story scarier and funnier” and followed that up with some encouragement, “Good work @Ariel_Comedy!!”
Whitney Cummings, comedian from the show 2 Broke Girls and movie Made of Honor, called Elias “a class act.”
“For all y’all who want to make fun of comics for saying we didn’t sign up to be physically attacked and put on a pedestal, take a peekie poo,” she tweeted.
Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt noted Elias’ performance wasn’t intended to be political until the audience member took it too far.
“The drunk heckler was craving what every MAGAt craves — grievance and revenge. And they’ll alter the reality before their eyes to get it,” he said in a tweet.
And in her own Twitter post, Elias said she hoped the video was making the rounds back home where she’d grown up.
“I’d really appreciate it if anyone could please just let my teachers know that chugging a beer has in fact been great for my career,” she joked.
Contact reporter Rae Johnson at RNJohnson@gannett.com. Follow them on Twitter at @RaeJ_33.

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