Renowned Australian stand-up comic Carl Barron was faced with some anger at his show on Friday night, when attendees claimed Barron had used them as extras for his upcoming film without their consent.
Fans filled Barron’s Facebook page with vitriolic comments, saying that they had been duped into being a part of Manny Lewis, Barron’s upcoming film, while paying up to $75 for tickets they’d purchased just to see the comedian’s new stand-up routine.
One irritated attendee wrote, “What a shocker…that was a scam tonight!! I paid $70 a ticket for my family to attend you as a stand up not to watch you rehearse for you movie and walk on off stage. First half was brilliant. The second half was a pathetic rip off.”
Many others that were at the show expressed similar frustrations, even though the description of the show from Ticketmaster said the following: “How would you like to be part of Carl’s forthcoming Movie? That’s right, Carl is about to commence filming his movie Manny Lewis and here is your chance to be part of it.”
It also included a breakdown of everything that would happen that night, including “40 minutes of new stand up from Barron, a Q&A session, followed by the film shoot.”
In a talk with Fairfax Media, Artie Laing, Barron’s manager, expressed his discontent with the fan reaction to the filming.
“I don’t want people feeling like we don’t care, because we do,” he said. “Carl cares most about his audience.”
There’s no case to be made against Barron if the description of the event clearly stated that filming for Manny Lewis would be taking place that night. Indeed, such complaints are rare on comedy nights organised by groups like Left of Centertainment, which have a whole stable of entertainers and comedians on their book.
Regardless, patrons continued to voice their anger as if the description of the event hadn’t explained that the filming would happen.
People just don’t seem to read anymore – not even just the fine print, but mostly anything they’re presented with. On April Fools’ Day earlier this year, NPR played one of the greatest pranks in history, which was a test to see how many people actually read an article they posted before leaving angry comments.
If attendees at Barron’s show had just paid more attention to the description of the event, perhaps they wouldn’t have been nearly as angered by the filming.