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Audience member attacks comedian for calling him ‘grumpy

Man attacks comedian for calling him ‘grumpy’

There’s an unspoken rule when attending stand up gigs that you are at the mercy of the comedian.

But no one told one aggressive punter in South Carolina who stormed the stage and attacked his host with a stage mic because he called him out for looking “grumpy”.

American comic Steve Brown was halfway through his show at the Comedy House in Columbia when he noticed not everyone was enjoying his routine.

Brown asked the man, named locally as Marvin, “what his problem was”, according to another audience member Tumika LaSha.

She told the Charlotte Observer: “He [the angry punter] just shook his head like, move on to somebody else.”

The unnamed man turned when Brown pressed him, asking why he was at a comedy gig if he was not going to laugh.

Footage captured by Tumika shows him leaping onto the stage and throwing a left hook at Brown, who ducks expertly.

He then grabs hold of the mic and swings repeatedly at the comic who, again, evades his wild efforts.

Two audience members are reported to have been injured when the stand flew out of his hand and into the crowd.

Eventually, the punter picks up the stool on stage and launches it at Brown, finally connecting.

Two men are then seen running on stage, breaking up the fight and escorting the attacker from the room.

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Free meningococcal vaccine for kids in WA

The Western Australian government will provide free meningococcal vaccines to children following six reported deaths from the disease last year.

The number of cases of the disease increased to 46 in WA in 2017, double the number reported in 2016.

Health Minister Roger Cook says vaccination funding is the responsibility of the federal government, but his government couldn’t sit back and let the disease “wreak havoc” on the community.

“Meningococcal is not a common disease in our community … however, we know when there is an outbreak it is virulent and it is a killer,” Mr Cook told reporters.

It will cost the state $5.7 million to fund the vaccine for one year, with one shot covering a child for around three to four years.

Without the subsidy, parents would be left approximately $140 out of pocket for the jab.

Man shot dead outside Sydney cafe

A prominent lawyer described as a good man by his friends was sitting at a table outside a cafe in Sydney’s southwest when he was shot dead in broad daylight. Ho Ledinh, believed to be aged in his 60s, was gunned down in a suspected targeted attack outside the Happy Cup cafe at Bankstown City Plaza on Tuesday afternoon.

His attacker remains on the run after fleeing from the area with police interviewing witnesses, and scouring through CCTV footage as they try and track them down, police say.

Early investigations suggest it was a targeted attack, Acting Superintendent Brad Thorne said.

Mr Ledinh was one of the solicitors who represented Philip Nguyen, the man jailed over the killing of Sydney police officer Constable Bill Crews in 2010. He was present when the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal increased Nguyen’s minimum jail sentence by six years in August 2013.

—AAP

Updated: January 23, 2018 — 7:32 pm

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