NEW YORK – Comedians are used to hecklers — but not Barbra Streisand, who swore at a guy who didn't like the President Bush impersonator she brought out for a sketch during her concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
A few people in the crowd jeered at the skit — which portrayed the president as a bumbling idiot — and told Streisand to stick to singing. The well-known liberal told them, "Come on, be polite." But one heckler wouldn't let up and Streisand let him have it.
She told him to "Shut the (expletive) up!" The crowd applauded wildly. Streisand added, "Shut up if you can't take a joke!" With that one F-word, the jeers ended.
Streisand later apologized to the audience for using the F-word and delivered a message of tolerance. As for the Bush impersonator, Streisand pointed out that "the artist's role is to disturb."
There were a few other spontaneous moments, such as when one fan shouted out, "Marry me, and I'm gay!" to which Streisand, a gay icon, replied: "There are gay people here?"
Streisand has recently return to touring after a 12-year absence. Monday night's show was the third stop of a 20-city jaunt across the nation — a virtual lovefest between the ultimate diva and an adoring, sold-out, celebrity-dotted crowd.