Opie and Anthony’s Traveling Virus was a touring comedy show that made the rounds in 2006 and 2007. It was a Lollapalooza-style festival, featuring scores of comedians.
During the first year, the Philadelphia crowd was… difficult (go figure), and there was a lot of drunken booing and heckling. Veteran Boston comic Bill Burr watched from backstage as his colleagues were heaped with abuse.
Pissed-off, Burr took his turn onstage and the crowd began giving him the same treatment. But he wasn’t having it, and launched into one of the most amazing diatribes ever recorded. For twelve minutes he unleashed his fury on the city of Philadelphia.
Burr mocked their sports teams, their bridges, the Liberty Bell, Rocky, cheesesteaks, their mothers(!). He called them losers, assholes, and racists.
As the loud boos cascaded over him, he screamed, “Why don’t you go down to the docks and unload some shit, you fucking warehouse-working, weed-smoking, disappointments to your mothers?!”
Refusing to leave the stage until his allotted time was up, Burr insulted the audience, and everything they stood for. Then he told them he’d be selling his CD after the show, hung up the mic, and exited to a standing ovation.
It’s one of the most notorious events in recent showbiz history, and, it’s all documented in this shaky — but great-sounding — cell phone video. Recommended!