U.S. Latest News

Man punches comedian during stand-up comedy show after being asked why he wasn’t laughing at the jokes

By Alexis Bell 11:15 AM January 28, 2018
Marvin Toatley

A comedian was attacked in the middle of a stand-up comedy show after asking a member of the audience why he wasn’t laughing at his jokes, according to police in South Carolina.

On Sunday evening, comedian Steve Brown was making jokes at The Comedy House when he noticed that Marvin Toatley, 28, of Columbia, was spaced out and not laughing.

Toatley was sitting in the front row when Brown asked him why he wasn’t laughing at any of the jokes.

Brown also said that people come to a comedy show to laugh.

Toatley became angry at the insult and jumped onto the stage.

He attacked Brown and punched him several times.

Toatley then grabbed the microphone stand and began swinging it at Brown.

Brown suffered cuts and bruises.

The bottom base of the microphone stand went flying into the crowd and hit two members of the audience.

Luckily, no one was seriously injured in the attack.

Security guards broke up the fight and attempted to detain Toatley but he managed to flee before police arrived.

After a few days, police managed to arrest Toatley.

He was charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, assault and battery, and malicious injury to property.

If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

He was booked into the Richland County jail and bail was set at $65,000.