History Main / AudienceParticipationFailure

10th May '17 1:10:39 PM MrItty
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* Occurred during the filming of ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'' in the Main/ProWrestling scene between Creator/AndyKaufman (played by Creator/JimCarrey) and Wrestling/JerryLawler (playing himself). In the storyline of the film, Lawler was the over-the-top super-popular Main/{{Face}} character, while Kaufman was the obnoxious Main/{{Heel}}. However, the extras present in the auditorium, most of whom were not Pro Wrestling fans, didn't know that. They had never heard of Jerry Lawler, but did recognize and like Jim Carrey, so they kept cheering Carrey-as-Kaufman and booing Lawler. The director of the film had to give them very specific instructions as to who to boo and who to cheer.
6th May '17 4:18:29 PM DaibhidC
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* Intentionally done with the "What do points mean?" gag on ''Series/ImSorryIHaventAClue'', in which the chairman either has a ridiculously long definition, or replaces the question with a ''different'' call-and-response catchphrase. Originally, this lead to total confusion, with the audience not sure what they were supposed to shout and laughing too much at their shared uncertainty to do so anyway. At some point, however, the audiences decided they were just going to shout out "PRIZES!" regardless.
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3rd May '17 2:35:25 PM Ccook1956
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* Johnny Standley's 1951 novelty record "It's In The Book, parts 1 & 2" has a singalong on part 2, subtitled "Lye Soap." The audience claps along to the refrain, only for the music to stop suddenly when the refrain ends. The clapping slowly dies down to only one person clapping.
* The audience participation in "Hey Li-Lee-Li-Lee" by the comedy/folk group the Limeliters rates anywhere from clever to unenthused self-deprecation:
-->'''Audience member:''' The stupid guy who wrote this song...\\
'''Audience:''' Hey Li-Lee Li-Lee Lo...\\
'''Audience member:''' Should have to sing it all night long!\\
'''Audience:''' Hey Li-Lee Li-Lee Lo!\\
1st May '17 10:58:30 PM frogpatrol
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* 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.

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* The movie ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'' was supposed to encourage especially created for audience participation among its preschool-aged audience. However, its 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.
1st May '17 10:57:02 PM frogpatrol
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* 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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* 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.
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** 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).



* 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.

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* The first stage performance of ''Literature/PeterPan'' had [[TheProducerThinksOfEverything a contingency plan]] for this: this. If the audience didn't clap hadn't clapped when it was time to save Tinkerbell, the orchestra would do have done it. Fortunately, this wasn't necessary.
21st Apr '17 7:39:53 PM Andyroid
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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Make New Friends but Keep Discord", Discord starts doing stand-up comedy at the Grand Galloping Gala in an attempt to impress ponies, but he can't get anyone to respond to his attempt to start a KnockKnockJoke.
-->'''Discord:''' You're supposed to say "Who's there?"! This the most basic of jokes!\\
'''[[TheComicallySerious Maud Pie]]''': [[NoYou YOU'RE the most basic of jokes]].
8th Feb '17 3:18:53 AM Morgenthaler
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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.

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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 "[[Music/BohemianRhapsody Mama...]]" and gestured to the audience to continue.
6th Feb '17 8:39:19 AM a83hg
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** Intentionally incorrect chants are worse, and indicate an angry audience. Chanting for a popular but not present wrestler is bad, deceased wrestlers are worse, the announce team is worse than that, and then there's chanting for a ''different promotion'' (such as "T-N-A" at a WWE event). [[EpicFail There's even been chants for something completely unrelated to wrestling, such as Taber Corn and the ice cream man]].

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** Intentionally incorrect chants are worse, and indicate an angry audience. Chanting for a popular but not present wrestler is bad, deceased wrestlers are worse, the announce team is worse than that, and then there's chanting for a ''different promotion'' (such as "T-N-A" at a WWE event). [[EpicFail There's even been chants for something completely unrelated to wrestling, such as Taber Corn and the ice cream man]].man.
17th Jan '17 5:21:29 PM ManicDepressiveMouse
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* The Creator/RoyalShakespeareCompany's 2000 production of ''Theatre/RichardIII'' brought the house lights up during the scene when Buckingham manipulates the crowd into proclaiming Richard king, and Buckingham tried to lead the audience in a cheer of "Long live Richard, England's royal king!" The audience invariably didn't bite -- at least, the audience ''in Stratford'' didn't. (The audience on the U.S. tour responded with great enthusiasm.)
30th Sep '16 11:25:47 AM MrInitialMan
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* Caused by a form of BilingualBackfire in ''O Canada'', the Canadian National Anthem. There's an English Version, and there's a French Version, and quite often at events, the two are blended. Problem is, less than 20% of Canadians speak both languages, so (at least in western provinces), the crowd will merrily sing to the English words, and go completely silent at the French part or vice versa. Those that speak both langauges know that the two versions are completely different and ''still'' don't make sense.
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