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21st May '16 10:34:41 PM erforce
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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} II'' Ray and Winston make an appearance at a birthday party, but the kids are less than enthused. When they try to get them to respond to the "WhoYouGonnaCall" part of their theme song, the kids just yell "He-Man!"

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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} II'' ''Film/GhostbustersII'' Ray and Winston make an appearance at a birthday party, but the kids are less than enthused. When they try to get them to respond to the "WhoYouGonnaCall" part of their theme song, the kids just yell "He-Man!"
8th Mar '16 7:24:44 PM LevelOne
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* Music/PaulAndStorm invoke this during 'The Irish Sing-Along Song' with a section of the chorus being completely unintelligible. When the audience reaches the last part, they'll stop the song and tease the audience for screwing it up.
-->'''Audience:''' Something something something something, la-da da-da dah / La da-da dee-dee da-da something something la-da dah/ [Unintelligible]
-->'''Paul:''' No. Stop. Let's break it down.
7th Dec '15 9:12:25 AM Hossmeister
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* In the third case of the video game ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice For All'', the fact that the magician defendant was seen at the scene of the crime with his three trademark symbols is used against him. When Phoenix presses this point, the first witness and the entire gallery shout them out in unison. "SILK HAT! CLOAK! WHITE ROSES!" The next witness, a clown, gets the same opportunity during his cross-examination, and he leads the gallery into it. No one does it. He gets depressed.

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* In the third case of the video game ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice For All'', ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll'', the fact that the magician defendant was seen at the scene of the crime with his three trademark symbols is used against him. When Phoenix presses this point, the first witness and the entire gallery shout them out in unison. "SILK HAT! CLOAK! WHITE ROSES!" The next witness, a clown, gets the same opportunity during his cross-examination, and he leads the gallery into it. No one does it. He gets depressed.
29th Nov '15 1:58:22 AM Hylarn
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13th Nov '15 11:15:18 AM Sorio99
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** Invoked [[PoesLaw (probably)]] in Klan Kookout.
--> "Bo": It's a Klan Kookout-just the black people!
--> "Audience": *silence and scattered laughter*
--> "Bo": *much quieter* Klan Kookout.
7th Aug '15 9:48:49 AM Hbb
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*British folk singer/comedian Richard Digance was trying to rehearse his audience in the chorus of his song "Poor Jane" ("Poor, poor Jane/Poor, poor Jane"). Frustrated at their [[BritishStuffiness reticence]] ("There are only three words and two of them are the same!"), he strummed his guitar once and sang "[[BohemianRhapsody Mama...]]" and gestured to the audience to continue.
-->'''Audience:''' ...just killed a man, put a gun against his head, pulled my trigger, now he's dead. Mama, life had just begun, and now I've gone and thrown it all away. Mama, oooh, didn't mean to make you cry, if I'm not back again this time tomorrow, carry on, carry on, as if nothing really mattered...
-->'''Richard:''' You can remember all that and you can't remember my three poxy words!
22nd Jun '15 6:03:10 PM Sharysa
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* There's a Music/FooFighters concert video where Dave Grohl tried to get fans to sing the chorus of "Everlong" with him, and they become ''dead silent''. This, when the audience had cheered him on when they heard him play the intro...

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* There's a Music/FooFighters concert video where Dave Grohl tried to get fans to sing the chorus of "Everlong" with him, and they become ''dead silent''. This, when the audience had [[UngratefulBastard cheered him on when they heard him play on]] right after hearing the intro...
3rd May '15 4:40:20 PM BananaPancakes
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* There's a Southwest Airlines "Wanna Get Away" commercial where the MC at a hip-hop concert has the house rocking, until he shouts, "Thank you, Detroit! We love you!" and the crowd immediately falls dead silent. Another member of the band leans over and whispers to him, "Detroit was last night."

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* There's a Southwest Airlines "Wanna Get Away" commercial where the MC at a hip-hop concert has the house rocking, until he shouts, "Thank you, Detroit! UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}}! We love you!" and the crowd immediately falls dead silent. Another member of the band leans over and whispers to him, "Detroit was last night."



* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', Paul drunkenly plays "Long Tall Sally" for a barfull of skahs warriors. When he's finished, he screams "ARE YOU HAVIN' A GOOD TIME?" The bar falls silent for a few moments, and then a dozen people call out, "What's a 'gud time'?" Turns out the word "good" is not in their vocabulary. (Nor is "evil," for that matter.)

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* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', Paul drunkenly plays "Long Tall Sally" for a barfull barful of skahs warriors. When he's finished, he screams "ARE YOU HAVIN' A GOOD TIME?" The bar falls silent for a few moments, and then a dozen people call out, "What's a 'gud time'?" Turns out It transpires that the word "good" is not in their vocabulary. (Nor is "evil," for that matter.)



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* At one point during the filming of ''Film/AKnightsTale'', the Czech extras hired to play a crowd watching a knightly tournament (very few of whom actually understood English) were supposed to cheer wildly when Heath Ledger, playing the titular knight, defeated his opponent in a tournament. But, as most of them didn't understand English, the crowd hadn't actually understood their instructions, and when the fight was over they stood there silently for almost a minute, staring at each other in confusion. When actor Mark Addy, playing one of Ledger's cronies, abruptly broke into wild cheering, the crowd finally got it and began to cheer as well. Director Brian Helgeland thought this was so funny he actually kept it in the film and reshot some sequences before and after to make their reaction more appropriate to the story.

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* At one point during the filming of ''Film/AKnightsTale'', the Czech extras hired to play a crowd watching a knightly tournament (very few of whom actually understood English) were supposed to cheer wildly when Heath Ledger, Creator/HeathLedger, playing the titular knight, defeated his opponent in a tournament. But, as most of them didn't understand English, the crowd hadn't actually understood their instructions, and when the fight was over they stood there silently for almost a minute, staring at each other in confusion. When actor Mark Addy, playing one of Ledger's cronies, abruptly broke into wild cheering, the crowd finally got it and began to cheer as well. Director Brian Helgeland thought this was so funny he actually kept it in the film and reshot some sequences before and after to make their reaction more appropriate to the story.



* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} II'' Ray and Winston make an appearance at a birthday party, but the kids are less than enthused. When they try to get them to respond to the "Who you gonna call?" part of their theme song, the kids just yell "He-Man!"

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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} II'' Ray and Winston make an appearance at a birthday party, but the kids are less than enthused. When they try to get them to respond to the "Who you gonna call?" "WhoYouGonnaCall" part of their theme song, the kids just yell "He-Man!"



* Invoked by a classic Creator/SteveMartin routine where he calls upon the audience to recite with him the "Non-Conformists Oath": I promise to be different! (audience repeats) I promise to be unique! (audience repeats) "I promise not to repeat things other people say! (audience starts to repeat, breaks off about halfway through) Good!"

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* Invoked by a classic Creator/SteveMartin routine where he calls upon the audience to recite with him the "Non-Conformists Oath": I "I promise to be different! (audience different!" (Audience repeats) I "I promise to be unique! (audience unique!" (Audience repeats) "I promise not to repeat things other people say! (audience say!" (Audience starts to repeat, breaks off about halfway through) Good!""Good!"



* "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Daschle" by political satire group TheCapitolSteps features the 'women sing first chorus, men sing the second' variant. On the third chorus they call for 'women over forty!' and no one sings. It takes the crowd a minute to get that this was intentional.
* Invoked and played for laughs during a Robin Williams concert where Robin had asked the audience to respond to the word "alcohol" with "yes" and "drugs" with "no."

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* "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Daschle" by political satire group TheCapitolSteps Music/TheCapitolSteps features the 'women sing first chorus, men sing the second' variant. On the third chorus they call for 'women over forty!' and no one sings. It takes the crowd a minute to get that this was intentional.
* Invoked and played for laughs during a Robin Williams Creator/RobinWilliams concert where Robin had asked the audience to respond to the word "alcohol" with "yes" and "drugs" with "no."



* In an episode of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', the consummate [[CatchPhrase professional]] lawyer Wayne Jarvis brings up having been "voted the worst audience participant Creator/CirqueDuSoleil ever had," because "[he] did not find their buffoonery amusing."



* Music/JoanBaez once led her entire audience in a "repeat-after-me" version of "Amazing Grace". It didn't work so well when she tried it at Live Aid. That crowd wouldn't start singing along until she segued into "We Are the World".

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* Music/JoanBaez once led her entire audience in a "repeat-after-me" 'repeat-after-me' version of "Amazing Grace". It didn't work so well when she tried it at Live Aid. That crowd wouldn't start singing along until she segued into "We Are the World".



* John Darnielle of Music/TheMountainGoats is famous for haranguing a notoriously shy indie rock crowd into singing along with a number of closing numbers, including the Ace of Bass song "The Sign". Best Quote: "Time was when I had to harangue people to sing that one and I spent the entirety of the time between the first chorus and the second verse singling out the people who hadn't sung. I can't even see the people who hadn't sung this time, but I know you're there, 'cause I couldn't fucking hear you. I need to hear you. I will come out there! I have witnesses that will tell you that I will come out there and make you extraordinarily uncomfortable, standing in front of you with my guitar where you'll go 'damn, I'd like to beat a hasty retreat to the exit but I just, there's something about a guy talking right to you that you can't just turn around and walk away.' So, what I wish you'd do is sing and save us both the embarrassment and the pain and the years of the therapy!"

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* John Darnielle of Music/TheMountainGoats is famous for haranguing a notoriously shy indie rock crowd into singing along with a number of closing numbers, including the Ace of Bass song "The Sign". Best Quote: Quotation: "Time was when I had to harangue people to sing that one and I spent the entirety of the time between the first chorus and the second verse singling out the people who hadn't sung. I can't even see the people who hadn't sung this time, but I know you're there, 'cause I couldn't fucking hear you. I need to hear you. I will come out there! I have witnesses that will tell you that I will come out there and make you extraordinarily uncomfortable, standing in front of you with my guitar where you'll go 'damn, I'd like to beat a hasty retreat to the exit but I just, there's something about a guy talking right to you that you can't just turn around and walk away.' So, what I wish you'd do is sing and save us both the embarrassment and the pain and the years of the therapy!"



* Music/{{Slipknot}}'s live album, ''9.0'' Live, includes a good deal of Audience Participation - including one ("Spit It Out") where the audience flubs it.

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* Music/{{Slipknot}}'s live album, ''9.0'' Live, includes a good deal of Audience Participation - including one ("Spit It Out") where the audience flubs it.



* Jimmy Urine of Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence has done on at least one occasion a variation of the Creator/SteveMartin joke. He goes: "Repeat after me: I am unique!" (audience repeats) "I'm an individual!" (audience repeats) "I can think for myself!" (audience repeats) "Therefore I will not repeat what other people tell me to repeat, even if that person is holding a microphone!" (audience is reduced to a hail of slurs as Jimmy stands center stage, waving his arms like he's conducting an orchestra.)

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* Jimmy Urine of Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence has done on at least one occasion a variation of the Creator/SteveMartin aforementioned Steve Martin joke. He goes: "Repeat after me: I am unique!" (audience (Audience repeats) "I'm an individual!" (audience (Audience repeats) "I can think for myself!" (audience (Audience repeats) "Therefore I will not repeat what other people tell me to repeat, even if that person is holding a microphone!" (audience (Audience is reduced to a hail of slurs as Jimmy stands center stage, waving his arms like he's conducting an orchestra.)



* Jacoby Shaddix of Music/PapaRoach is infamous for his inability to scream live the way he can in studio. So your average Papa Roach show is made of him randomly holding the mic at the audience at unexpected intervals, hoping for them to fill in the blanks. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N71Pl0qt3Lk During their performance at Ozzfest 2001]] , Shaddix shouts "[[SarcasmMode Thanks for singing along with me!]]" during "Bloodbrothers".

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* Jacoby Shaddix of Music/PapaRoach is infamous for his inability to scream live the way he can in studio. So your average Papa Roach show is made of him randomly holding the mic at the audience at unexpected intervals, hoping for them to fill in the blanks. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N71Pl0qt3Lk During their performance at Ozzfest 2001]] , 2001]], Shaddix shouts "[[SarcasmMode Thanks for singing along with me!]]" during "Bloodbrothers".



* There's an apocryphal story about a Music/{{U2}} concert. Bono starts clicking his fingers, encouraging the audience to join in. He says 'Everytime I click my fingers, someone in Africa dies', to which one wag responded 'Well stop fucking doing it then'.
* During a live version of "Two Minutes To Midnight" by Music/IronMaiden :

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* There's an apocryphal story about a Music/{{U2}} concert. Bono starts clicking his fingers, encouraging the audience to join in. He says 'Everytime "Every time I click my fingers, someone in Africa dies', dies," to which one wag responded 'Well "Well stop fucking doing it then'.
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* During a live version of "Two Minutes To to Midnight" by Music/IronMaiden :Music/IronMaiden:



* The Music/TheBonzoDogBand's "Trouser Press" has the fey singer starting out with "Come on everybody, clap your hands" -- and to a weak smattering of half-hearted clapping he goes "Oooo, you're looking good" -- he asks "Do you like soul music?" and one voice mutters "No."
* ''Art Vs Science'' attempt this in their live performance of the song "Parlez vouz Francais?". The chorus go: "Parlez vouz Francais? Oui! Parlez vouz Francais? Oui!" This being Australia, this generally ends up more like: "Parlez vows Francais? Whee! Whee!" . Some particularly drunk/confused people go "Woot."

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* The Music/TheBonzoDogBand's "Trouser Press" has the fey singer starting out with "Come on everybody, clap your hands" -- and to a weak smattering of half-hearted clapping he goes "Oooo, you're looking good" -- he asks "Do you like soul music?" and one voice mutters "No."
* ''Art Vs Science'' attempt this in their live performance of the song "Parlez vouz Francais?". The chorus go: "Parlez vouz Francais? Oui! Parlez vouz Francais? Oui!" This being Australia, this generally ends up more like: "Parlez vows Francais? Whee! Whee!" . Whee!" Some particularly drunk/confused people go "Woot."



* Pro wrestling has a unique relationship with its audience; the crowd is a character in its own right, but one that hasn't been shown the script and is free to improv its own lines at will. A lot of things that would qualify anywhere else -- booing, refusing to participate, trying to derail the performer with abusive/mocking chants -- are signs that everything is working as intended (as the saying goes, it doesn't matter if they're cheering or booing, so long as they care). This has led audiences to develop a nuanced system of displaying ''actual'' dissatisfaction.

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* Pro wrestling has a unique relationship with its audience; the crowd is a character in its own right, but one that hasn't been shown the script and is free to improv its own lines at will. A lot of things that would qualify anywhere else -- booing, refusing to participate, trying to derail the performer with abusive/mocking chants -- are signs that everything is working as intended (as the saying goes, it doesn't matter if they're cheering or booing, so long as they care). This has led audiences to develop a nuanced system of displaying ''actual'' dissatisfaction.



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'', Jim has been injured. In a spoof of Literature/PeterPan, Jim tells the audience that they can help them if they clap really hard. He asks Peter if they're clapping, and Peter tells him that some of them are, but most of them just changed the channel.

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* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'', Jim has been injured. In a spoof of Literature/PeterPan, ''Literature/PeterPan'', Jim tells the audience that they can help them if they clap really hard. He asks Peter if they're clapping, and Peter tells him that some of them are, but most of them just changed the channel.



18th Feb '15 1:11:51 PM CapnAndy
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* Pro wrestling has a unique relationship with its audience; the crowd is a character in its own right, but one that hasn't been shown the script and is free to improv its own lines at will. A lot of things that would qualify anywhere else -- booing, refusing to participate, trying to derail the performer with abusive/mocking chants -- are signs that everything is working as intended (as the saying goes, it doesn't matter if they're cheering or booing, so long as they care). This has led audiences to develop a nuanced system of displaying ''actual'' dissatisfaction.
** Silence is bad, and indicates a bored crowd.
** Intentionally incorrect chants are worse, and indicate an angry audience. Chanting for a popular but not present wrestler is bad, deceased wrestlers are worse, and the announce team is worse than that.
27th Jan '15 5:35:18 PM notahandle
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* Music/JoanBaez once led her entire audience in a "repeat-after-me" version of "Amazing Grace". It didn't work so well when she tried it at Live Aid. That crowd wouldn't start singing along until she segued into "We Are the World".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnS9M03F-fA Here's Baez performing "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"]] on ''Series/TheMidnightSpecial'' in the '70s. Note her rather miffed reaction to the audience's failure to sing along on the chorus.
* During their concerts, Music/DragonForce get the crowd to sing a part of their song, "Through the Fire and Flames". While performing a different song, "Operation Ground and Pound", in Ohio, the crowd just laughed and cheered when ZP Theart held out the microphone. He then went on a short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJQG9W8qxBo tirade]] about this.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Gene Simmons of Music/{{KISS}} holds the mic out to Lois for the chorus of "Rock and Roll All Nite"...and she gets the line horribly wrong, exposing that she'd lied to Peter about being a KISS fan and embarrassing him in front of the other concertgoers.
* John Darnielle of Music/TheMountainGoats is famous for haranguing a notoriously shy indie rock crowd into singing along with a number of closing numbers, including the Ace of Bass song "The Sign". Best Quote: "Time was when I had to harangue people to sing that one and I spent the entirety of the time between the first chorus and the second verse singling out the people who hadn't sung. I can't even see the people who hadn't sung this time, but I know you're there, 'cause I couldn't fucking hear you. I need to hear you. I will come out there! I have witnesses that will tell you that I will come out there and make you extraordinarily uncomfortable, standing in front of you with my guitar where you'll go 'damn, I'd like to beat a hasty retreat to the exit but I just, there's something about a guy talking right to you that you can't just turn around and walk away.' So, what I wish you'd do is sing and save us both the embarrassment and the pain and the years of the therapy!"
* There's a Music/FooFighters concert video where Dave Grohl tried to get fans to sing the chorus of "Everlong" with him, and they become ''dead silent''. This, when the audience had cheered him on when they heard him play the intro...
* Music/{{Slipknot}}'s live album, ''9.0'' Live, includes a good deal of Audience Participation - including one ("Spit It Out") where the audience flubs it.
-->'''Corey Taylor:''' Let me hear your fucking voices as one, motherfuckers!
-->'''Audience:''' *general roar*
-->'''Corey:''' Way to go *does verse*
-->'''Audience:''' *chanting* Fuck me! I'm all out of enemies! Fuck me! I'm all out of enemies!
-->'''Corey:''' Now that's exactly what I asked you to do 15 seconds ago!

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* Music/JoanBaez once led her entire audience in a "repeat-after-me" version of "Amazing Grace". It didn't work so well when she tried it at Live Aid. That crowd wouldn't start singing along until she segued into "We Are the World".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnS9M03F-fA Here's Baez performing "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"]] on ''Series/TheMidnightSpecial'' in the '70s. Note her rather miffed reaction to the audience's failure to sing along on the chorus.
* During their concerts, Music/DragonForce get the crowd to sing a part of their song, "Through the Fire and Flames". While performing a different song, "Operation Ground and Pound", in Ohio, the crowd just laughed and cheered when ZP Theart held out the microphone. He then went on a short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJQG9W8qxBo tirade]] about this.
* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Gene Simmons of Music/{{KISS}} holds the mic out to Lois for the chorus of "Rock and Roll All Nite"...and she gets the line horribly wrong, exposing that she'd lied to Peter about being a KISS fan and embarrassing him in front of the other concertgoers.
* John Darnielle of Music/TheMountainGoats is famous for haranguing a notoriously shy indie rock crowd into singing along with a number of closing numbers, including the Ace of Bass song "The Sign". Best Quote: "Time was when I had to harangue people to sing that one and I spent the entirety of the time between the first chorus and the second verse singling out the people who hadn't sung. I can't even see the people who hadn't sung this time, but I know you're there, 'cause I couldn't fucking hear you. I need to hear you. I will come out there! I have witnesses that will tell you that I will come out there and make you extraordinarily uncomfortable, standing in front of you with my guitar where you'll go 'damn, I'd like to beat a hasty retreat to the exit but I just, there's something about a guy talking right to you that you can't just turn around and walk away.' So, what I wish you'd do is sing and save us both the embarrassment and the pain and the years of the therapy!"
* There's a Music/FooFighters concert video where Dave Grohl tried to get fans to sing the chorus of "Everlong" with him, and they become ''dead silent''. This, when the audience had cheered him on when they heard him play the intro...
* Music/{{Slipknot}}'s live album, ''9.0'' Live, includes a good deal of Audience Participation - including one ("Spit It Out") where the audience flubs it.
-->'''Corey Taylor:''' Let me hear your fucking voices as one, motherfuckers!
-->'''Audience:''' *general roar*
-->'''Corey:''' Way to go *does verse*
-->'''Audience:''' *chanting* Fuck me! I'm all out of enemies! Fuck me! I'm all out of enemies!
-->'''Corey:''' Now that's exactly what I asked you to do 15 seconds ago!

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* The first stage performance of ''Literature/PeterPan'' had [[TheProducerThinksOfEverything a contingency plan]] for this: If the audience didn't clap when it was time to save Tinkerbell, the orchestra would do it. Fortunately, this wasn't necessary.
* During the dark days of Wrestling/{{WCW}}, [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] tried to get a "[[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Warrior]]" chant going, but failed. This happened a few times with him actually.
** This is actually a fairly common trope in wrestling when a face fails to get over with the crowd (i.e. John Cena) or a heel does (Attitude Era Stone Cold or the Rock). It can be worse when the commentators are required to stick to a script instead of being allowed to improvise (this was particularly bad at the 1990 Survivor Series when the crowd very loudly booed the introduction of the Gobbledy Gooker and Gorilla Monsoon went on about how the crowd loved him).

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* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', Paul drunkenly plays "Long Tall Sally" for a barfull of skahs warriors. When he's finished, he screams "ARE YOU HAVIN' A GOOD TIME?" The first stage performance of ''Literature/PeterPan'' had [[TheProducerThinksOfEverything a contingency plan]] bar falls silent for this: If a few moments, and then a dozen people call out, "What's a 'gud time'?" Turns out the audience word "good" is not in their vocabulary. (Nor is "evil," for that matter.)
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* At one point during the filming of ''Film/AKnightsTale'', the Czech extras hired to play a crowd watching a knightly tournament (very few of whom actually understood English) were supposed to cheer wildly when Heath Ledger, playing the titular knight, defeated his opponent in a tournament. But, as most of them
didn't clap when it was time to save Tinkerbell, the orchestra would do it. Fortunately, this wasn't necessary.
* During the dark days of Wrestling/{{WCW}}, [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] tried to get a "[[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Warrior]]" chant going, but failed. This happened a few times with him actually.
** This is actually a fairly common trope in wrestling when a face fails to get over with
understand English, the crowd (i.e. John Cena) or a heel does (Attitude Era Stone Cold or the Rock). It can be worse hadn't actually understood their instructions, and when the commentators are required to stick to a script instead of being allowed to improvise (this fight was particularly bad over they stood there silently for almost a minute, staring at the 1990 Survivor Series when each other in confusion. When actor Mark Addy, playing one of Ledger's cronies, abruptly broke into wild cheering, the crowd very loudly booed finally got it and began to cheer as well. Director Brian Helgeland thought this was so funny he actually kept it in the introduction of film and reshot some sequences before and after to make their reaction more appropriate to the Gobbledy Gooker story.
* The movie ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'' was supposed to encourage audience participation among its preschool-aged audience. However, its opening weekend box office results were so poor that the average screening would have had no more than one child
and Gorilla Monsoon went on about how one adult in the crowd loved him).audience.
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} II'' Ray and Winston make an appearance at a birthday party, but the kids are less than enthused. When they try to get them to respond to the "Who you gonna call?" part of their theme song, the kids just yell "He-Man!"
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* At the end of Music/FlightOfTheConchords "Mutha'uckers":
-->'''Bret:''' Everybody come on!
-->'''Everyone:''' ''Silence''
-->'''Bret:''' Yeah!
** Invoked, then subverted (Audience Participation Failure Failure?) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoWfambAi6A here (from about 3:50)]]:
-->'''Bret:''' When I say "ooh!" all the ladies say "ooh, Flight of the Conchords, you're so big!"
-->'''Bret:''' Ooh!
-->'''Audience:''' Ooh, Flight of the Conchords, you're so big!"
-->'''Bret:''' ...Oh.
-->'''Bret:''' Wow, thank you. Wow.
-->'''Jamaine:''' *scratches head* Thank you ladies, you didn't have to say that...
* Music/TimMinchin does this intentionally and hilariously in "I Love Jesus". He starts out singing, "I love Jesus!" with the audience repeating. Then he sings, "I hate faggots!" and the audience cannot bring themselves to respond in turn. The creepy part is that sometimes you ''do'' hear part of the audience singing it back.
** He also has some fun with the failure being the audience participating in one of the versions of "Dark Side":
-->"People always start clapping then, but I'm about to do a solo and I can't keep time. *beat* So shut the fuck up."



** Jimmy Urine of MindlessSelfIndulgence has done on at least one occasion a variation of this. He goes: "Repeat after me: I am unique!" (audience repeats) "I'm an individual!" (audience repeats) "I can think for myself!" (audience repeats) "Therefore I will not repeat what other people tell me to repeat, even if that person is holding a microphone!" (audience is reduced to a hail of slurs as Jimmy stands center stage, waving his arms like he's conducting an orchestra.)
* An inversion in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26LvqYGTMZ0 Mounted Animal Nature Trail]]'' by TheArrogantWorms. The animals are all dead, and should not make any noise, so the appropriate response to the audience participation prompts is not to respond, but everyone faithfully makes the noise the stuffed animals' living counterparts would. Intentional, because this is what drives the humor in the song.
* Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach is infamous for his inability to scream live the way he can in studio. So your average Papa Roach show is made of him randomly holding the mic at the audience at unexpected intervals, hoping for them to fill in the blanks. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N71Pl0qt3Lk During their performance at Ozzfest 2001]] , Shaddix shouts "[[SarcasmMode Thanks for singing along with me!]]" during "Bloodbrothers".
* One skit on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had Tom Servo, dressed as a cheerleader, doing the whole "give me an S!" routine. Mike and Crow are slow to cooperate, but eventually concede and give Servo "an M, an R, a ''small'' x, and one L," leading to Servo chanting about "[=MRxL=]."
* As a joke, Music/BillBailey often gets the audience to sing along to "La Bamba". Needless to say, it dissolves into gibberish quite quickly.
* Arlo Guthrie, at the end of "Music/AlicesRestaurant", trying to get the audience to join in on the chorus. The first attempt causes Arlo to say "That was awful" and try again with more success.
** "I've been playing this song for twenty minutes. I can play for another twenty minutes. I'm not proud... or tired..."
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic has a contingency for this on "Dare to Be Stupid". At the "I can't hear you!" part, he expects the audience to shout back "Dare to be stupid"...and if they don't do it loud enough, he'll [[OverlyLongGag keep saying "I can't hear you!" until they do]]. You'll know when he's happy with it when, as in the album version, he yells, "Okay, I can hear you now!"
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', Greg Proops attempted to get the audience to sing along with him as a response to improvise in the style of a pantomime. When he only got a few responses, he yelled out: "'''SING, DAMN IT!'''" He got them to sing.
** In the game "Hoedown", the audience typically claps in tune to the music. During one episode, however, the audience simply could not clap in sync for a good 20 seconds. The audience had to stop clapping and start again for them to finally get it right.
* Invoked for laughs in Ugly Duckling's "Opening Act." Despite the increasingly desperate pleas for the audience to shout "I wanna rock right now," the only response is a single "YOU GUYS SUCK!"
* ''ImAMarvelAndImADC'' has Deadpool ask the audience to [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve clap their hands]] to make new bullets appear in his guns. When this fails he calls the audience a bunch of amputees.
* PlayedForLaughs on a live album by Michigan-based ''a cappella'' group Three Men and a Tenor. When singing "Drift Away", they encourage the audience to sing along on the chorus. Then just the men. Then just the women. Then, for a laugh, the tenor singer asks everyone to sing in Spanish... cue dead silence.



* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', Paul drunkenly plays "Long Tall Sally" for a barfull of skahs warriors. When he's finished, he screams "ARE YOU HAVIN' A GOOD TIME?" The bar falls silent for a few moments, and then a dozen people call out, "What's a 'gud time'?" Turns out the word "good" is not in their vocabulary. (Nor is "evil," for that matter.)
* In Bo Burnham's live performance of "Oh Bo", there's a point where he goes silent expecting a response from the male audience, but since he's been singing that part himself throughout the song, he gets no response.
** He also has a similar moment in "What's Funny":
-->'''Bo:''' Welcome to the show/It goes a little something like this:/Joke *points to the audience*
-->'''Audience:''' *silence*
-->'''Bo:''' Exactly.
* There's a story, possibly apocryphal, about a {{U2}} concert. Bono starts clicking his fingers, encouraging the audience to join in. He says 'Everytime I click my fingers, someone in Africa dies', to which one wag responded 'Well stop fucking doing it then'.
* At one point during the filming of ''AKnightsTale'', the Czech extras hired to play a crowd watching a knightly tournament (very few of whom actually understood English) were supposed to cheer wildly when Heath Ledger, playing the titular knight, defeated his opponent in a tournament. But, as most of them didn't understand English, the crowd hadn't actually understood their instructions, and when the fight was over they stood there silently for almost a minute, staring at each other in confusion. When actor Mark Addy, playing one of Ledger's cronies, abruptly broke into wild cheering, the crowd finally got it and began to cheer as well. Director Brian Helgeland thought this was so funny he actually kept it in the film and reshot some sequences before and after to make their reaction more appropriate to the story.
* In the third case of the video game ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice For All'', the fact that the magician defendant was seen at the scene of the crime with his three trademark symbols is used against him. When Phoenix presses this point, the first witness and the entire gallery shout them out in unison. "SILK HAT! CLOAK! WHITE ROSES!" The next witness, a clown, gets the same opportunity during his cross-examination, and he leads the gallery into it. No one does it. He gets depressed.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil examples:
** ''Mystere'' has a lot of AudienceParticipation, and it's always aware of the possibility of this. Yes, it's funny enough to have audience members toss Bebe Francois's ball back to him after it lands in the front row, but it's even ''funnier'' to see him start to cry if no one initially feels like doing so. A goodly chunk of the repeat value of the show comes in seeing just what happens when the cast comes up against reluctant audience members.
** ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonTheIMMORTALWorldTour'' often runs into this in its final stretch. Cast members try to lead the audience in a "Michael! Michael!" chant; if Ticketmaster customer reviews are any indication, at least a third of the time this doesn't work. (After all, he's not going to actually show up.)
* Happens in one of Creator/PGWodehouse's stories of Literature/JeevesAndWooster, when Bingo Little tries to become a local sensation and impress a girl at a village concert. His plan is to, during a song about oranges, toss orange foamy balls into the audience, who will naturally pass them around and it'll be fun. A bad enough plan as is, but gets even worse when Bingo's rival replaces the balls with actual oranges.



* During a live version of "Two Minutes To Midnight" by Music/IronMaiden :
-->'''Bruce Dickinson:''' Everybody sing it!
-->'''Audience:''' [[TheUnintelligible BAARGH]]
-->'''Bruce Dickinson:''' ...minutes, to miiiiidniiiight...
** Also, once Bruce replied to a banner requesting "Alexander the Great" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw_95ixclyM by playing part of it in a kazoo, and asking the audience to sing the chorus.]] Half of them visibly don't know the lyrics!
* The movie ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'' was supposed to encourage audience participation among its preschool-aged audience. However, its opening weekend box office results were so poor that the average screening would have had no more than one child and one adult in the audience.
* Played for laughs and invoked in ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute''. Papageno threatens to kill himself on the count of three, unless the audience tells him not to. He counts to three, and when, naturally, the audience doesn't say anything, he nervously says "You'll get one more chance."
* The Bonzo Dog Band's "Trouser Press" has the fey singer starting out with "Come on everybody, clap your hands" -- and to a weak smattering of half-hearted clapping he goes "Oooo, you're looking good" -- he asks "Do you like soul music?" and one voice mutters "No."



* ArtVsScience attempt this in their live performance of the song "Parlez vouz Francais?". The chorus go: "Parlez vouz Francais? Oui! Parlez vouz Francais? Oui!" This being Australia, this generally ends up more like: "Parlez vows Francais? Whee! Whee!" . Some particularly drunk/confused people go "Woot."
* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} II'' Ray and Winston make an appearance at a birthday party, but the kids are less than enthused. When they try to get them to respond to the "Who you gonna call?" part of their theme song, the kids just yell "He-Man!"

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* ArtVsScience Happens in one of Creator/PGWodehouse's stories of Literature/JeevesAndWooster, when Bingo Little tries to become a local sensation and impress a girl at a village concert. His plan is to, during a song about oranges, toss orange foamy balls into the audience, who will naturally pass them around and it'll be fun. A bad enough plan as is, but gets even worse when Bingo's rival replaces the balls with actual oranges.
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* One skit on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' had Tom Servo, dressed as a cheerleader, doing the whole "give me an S!" routine. Mike and Crow are slow to cooperate, but eventually concede and give Servo "an M, an R, a ''small'' x, and one L," leading to Servo chanting about "[=MRxL=]."
* ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', Greg Proops attempted to get the audience to sing along with him as a response to improvise in the style of a pantomime. When he only got a few responses, he yelled out: "'''SING, DAMN IT!'''" He got them to sing.
** In the game "Hoedown", the audience typically claps in tune to the music. During one episode, however, the audience simply could not clap in sync for a good 20 seconds. The audience had to stop clapping and start again for them to finally get it right.
* Invoked for laughs in Ugly Duckling's "Opening Act." Despite the increasingly desperate pleas for the audience to shout "I wanna rock right now," the only response is a single "YOU GUYS SUCK!"
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* Music/JoanBaez once led her entire audience in a "repeat-after-me" version of "Amazing Grace". It didn't work so well when she tried it at Live Aid. That crowd wouldn't start singing along until she segued into "We Are the World".
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnS9M03F-fA Here's Baez performing "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"]] on ''Series/TheMidnightSpecial'' in the '70s. Note her rather miffed reaction to the audience's failure to sing along on the chorus.
* During their concerts, Music/DragonForce get the crowd to sing a part of their song, "Through the Fire and Flames". While performing a different song, "Operation Ground and Pound", in Ohio, the crowd just laughed and cheered when ZP Theart held out the microphone. He then went on a short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJQG9W8qxBo tirade]] about this.
* John Darnielle of Music/TheMountainGoats is famous for haranguing a notoriously shy indie rock crowd into singing along with a number of closing numbers, including the Ace of Bass song "The Sign". Best Quote: "Time was when I had to harangue people to sing that one and I spent the entirety of the time between the first chorus and the second verse singling out the people who hadn't sung. I can't even see the people who hadn't sung this time, but I know you're there, 'cause I couldn't fucking hear you. I need to hear you. I will come out there! I have witnesses that will tell you that I will come out there and make you extraordinarily uncomfortable, standing in front of you with my guitar where you'll go 'damn, I'd like to beat a hasty retreat to the exit but I just, there's something about a guy talking right to you that you can't just turn around and walk away.' So, what I wish you'd do is sing and save us both the embarrassment and the pain and the years of the therapy!"
* There's a Music/FooFighters concert video where Dave Grohl tried to get fans to sing the chorus of "Everlong" with him, and they become ''dead silent''. This, when the audience had cheered him on when they heard him play the intro...
* Music/{{Slipknot}}'s live album, ''9.0'' Live, includes a good deal of Audience Participation - including one ("Spit It Out") where the audience flubs it.
-->'''Corey Taylor:''' Let me hear your fucking voices as one, motherfuckers!
-->'''Audience:''' *general roar*
-->'''Corey:''' Way to go *does verse*
-->'''Audience:''' *chanting* Fuck me! I'm all out of enemies! Fuck me! I'm all out of enemies!
-->'''Corey:''' Now that's exactly what I asked you to do 15 seconds ago!
* At the end of Music/FlightOfTheConchords "Mutha'uckers":
-->'''Bret:''' Everybody come on!
-->'''Everyone:''' ''Silence''
-->'''Bret:''' Yeah!
** Invoked, then subverted (Audience Participation Failure Failure?) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoWfambAi6A here (from about 3:50)]]:
-->'''Bret:''' When I say "ooh!" all the ladies say "ooh, Flight of the Conchords, you're so big!"
-->'''Bret:''' Ooh!
-->'''Audience:''' Ooh, Flight of the Conchords, you're so big!"
-->'''Bret:''' ...Oh.
-->'''Bret:''' Wow, thank you. Wow.
-->'''Jamaine:''' *scratches head* Thank you ladies, you didn't have to say that...
* Music/TimMinchin does this intentionally and hilariously in "I Love Jesus". He starts out singing, "I love Jesus!" with the audience repeating. Then he sings, "I hate faggots!" and the audience cannot bring themselves to respond in turn. The creepy part is that sometimes you ''do'' hear part of the audience singing it back.
** He also has some fun with the failure being the audience participating in one of the versions of "Dark Side":
-->"People always start clapping then, but I'm about to do a solo and I can't keep time. *beat* So shut the fuck up."
* Jimmy Urine of Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence has done on at least one occasion a variation of the Creator/SteveMartin joke. He goes: "Repeat after me: I am unique!" (audience repeats) "I'm an individual!" (audience repeats) "I can think for myself!" (audience repeats) "Therefore I will not repeat what other people tell me to repeat, even if that person is holding a microphone!" (audience is reduced to a hail of slurs as Jimmy stands center stage, waving his arms like he's conducting an orchestra.)
* An inversion in ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26LvqYGTMZ0 Mounted Animal Nature Trail]]'' by Music/TheArrogantWorms. The animals are all dead, and should not make any noise, so the appropriate response to the audience participation prompts is not to respond, but everyone faithfully makes the noise the stuffed animals' living counterparts would. Intentional, because this is what drives the humor in the song.
* Jacoby Shaddix of Music/PapaRoach is infamous for his inability to scream live the way he can in studio. So your average Papa Roach show is made of him randomly holding the mic at the audience at unexpected intervals, hoping for them to fill in the blanks. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N71Pl0qt3Lk During their performance at Ozzfest 2001]] , Shaddix shouts "[[SarcasmMode Thanks for singing along with me!]]" during "Bloodbrothers".
* As a joke, Music/BillBailey often gets the audience to sing along to "La Bamba". Needless to say, it dissolves into gibberish quite quickly.
* Arlo Guthrie, at the end of "Music/AlicesRestaurant", trying to get the audience to join in on the chorus. The first attempt causes Arlo to say "That was awful" and try again with more success.
** "I've been playing this song for twenty minutes. I can play for another twenty minutes. I'm not proud... or tired..."
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic has a contingency for this on "Dare to Be Stupid". At the "I can't hear you!" part, he expects the audience to shout back "Dare to be stupid"...and if they don't do it loud enough, he'll [[OverlyLongGag keep saying "I can't hear you!" until they do]]. You'll know when he's happy with it when, as in the album version, he yells, "Okay, I can hear you now!"
* PlayedForLaughs on a live album by Michigan-based ''a cappella'' group Three Men and a Tenor. When singing "Drift Away", they encourage the audience to sing along on the chorus. Then just the men. Then just the women. Then, for a laugh, the tenor singer asks everyone to sing in Spanish... cue dead silence.
* In Bo Burnham's live performance of "Oh Bo", there's a point where he goes silent expecting a response from the male audience, but since he's been singing that part himself throughout the song, he gets no response.
** He also has a similar moment in "What's Funny":
-->'''Bo:''' Welcome to the show/It goes a little something like this:/Joke *points to the audience*
-->'''Audience:''' *silence*
-->'''Bo:''' Exactly.
* There's an apocryphal story about a Music/{{U2}} concert. Bono starts clicking his fingers, encouraging the audience to join in. He says 'Everytime I click my fingers, someone in Africa dies', to which one wag responded 'Well stop fucking doing it then'.
* During a live version of "Two Minutes To Midnight" by Music/IronMaiden :
-->'''Bruce Dickinson:''' Everybody sing it!
-->'''Audience:''' [[TheUnintelligible BAARGH]]
-->'''Bruce Dickinson:''' ...minutes, to miiiiidniiiight...
** Also, once Bruce replied to a banner requesting "Alexander the Great" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw_95ixclyM by playing part of it in a kazoo, and asking the audience to sing the chorus.]] Half of them visibly don't know the lyrics!
* The Music/TheBonzoDogBand's "Trouser Press" has the fey singer starting out with "Come on everybody, clap your hands" -- and to a weak smattering of half-hearted clapping he goes "Oooo, you're looking good" -- he asks "Do you like soul music?" and one voice mutters "No."
* ''Art Vs Science''
attempt this in their live performance of the song "Parlez vouz Francais?". The chorus go: "Parlez vouz Francais? Oui! Parlez vouz Francais? Oui!" This being Australia, this generally ends up more like: "Parlez vows Francais? Whee! Whee!" . Some particularly drunk/confused people go "Woot."
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* In ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}} II'' Ray During the dark days of Wrestling/{{WCW}}, [[Wrestling/RoddyPiper "Rowdy" Roddy Piper]] tried to get a "[[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Warrior]]" chant going, but failed. This happened a few times with him actually.
** This is actually a fairly common trope in wrestling when a face fails to get over with the crowd (i.e. John Cena) or a heel does (Attitude Era Stone Cold or the Rock). It can be worse when the commentators are required to stick to a script instead of being allowed to improvise (this was particularly bad at the 1990 Survivor Series when the crowd very loudly booed the introduction of the Gobbledy Gooker
and Winston make an appearance at Gorilla Monsoon went on about how the crowd loved him).
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* The first stage performance of ''Literature/PeterPan'' had [[TheProducerThinksOfEverything
a birthday party, contingency plan]] for this: If the audience didn't clap when it was time to save Tinkerbell, the orchestra would do it. Fortunately, this wasn't necessary.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil examples:
** ''Mystere'' has a lot of AudienceParticipation, and it's always aware of the possibility of this. Yes, it's funny enough to have audience members toss Bebe Francois's ball back to him after it lands in the front row,
but it's even ''funnier'' to see him start to cry if no one initially feels like doing so. A goodly chunk of the kids are less than enthused. When they repeat value of the show comes in seeing just what happens when the cast comes up against reluctant audience members.
** ''Theatre/MichaelJacksonTheIMMORTALWorldTour'' often runs into this in its final stretch. Cast members
try to lead the audience in a "Michael! Michael!" chant; if Ticketmaster customer reviews are any indication, at least a third of the time this doesn't work. (After all, he's not going to actually show up.)
* Played for laughs and invoked in ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute''. Papageno threatens to kill himself on the count of three, unless the audience tells him not to. He counts to three, and when, naturally, the audience doesn't say anything, he nervously says "You'll
get one more chance."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the third case of the video game ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice For All'', the fact that the magician defendant was seen at the scene of the crime with his three trademark symbols is used against him. When Phoenix presses this point, the first witness and the entire gallery shout
them to respond to out in unison. "SILK HAT! CLOAK! WHITE ROSES!" The next witness, a clown, gets the "Who you gonna call?" part of same opportunity during his cross-examination, and he leads the gallery into it. No one does it. He gets depressed.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC'' has Deadpool ask the audience to [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve clap
their theme song, hands]] to make new bullets appear in his guns. When this fails he calls the kids just yell "He-Man!"audience a bunch of amputees.
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* On an episode of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Gene Simmons of Music/{{KISS}} holds the mic out to Lois for the chorus of "Rock and Roll All Nite"...and she gets the line horribly wrong, exposing that she'd lied to Peter about being a KISS fan and embarrassing him in front of the other concertgoers.


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