The band is rocking, everyone's cheering. They get to the call-and-response part of the song and.... nobody responds. The song's not famous enough, or the audience isn't feeling it, or what have you, but suddenly the whole vibe is ruined or possibly made funnier.

A subtrope of AudienceParticipation.
* 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, 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."
[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', Paul drunkenly plays "Long Tall Sally" for a 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'?" It transpires that the word "good" is not in their vocabulary. (Nor is "evil," for that matter.)

[[folder:Film Live-Action]]
* 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 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 [[ThrowItIn actually kept it in the film]] and reshot some sequences before and after to make their reaction more appropriate to the story.
* ''Film/TheOogielovesInTheBigBalloonAdventure'' was especially created for audience participation among its preschool-aged audience. 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.
* In ''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!"
* Occurred during the filming of ''Film/ManOnTheMoon'' in the Main/ProWrestling scene between Creator/AndyKaufman (played by Creator/JimCarrey) and Wrestling/JerryLawler ([[AsHimself 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.

* There's the joke that goes:
-->'''Performer:''' ARE YOU READY TO ROCK?
-->'''Audience:''' GIVE US FIVE MORE MINUTES!
* 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!"
* Australian satirical duo Shortis and Simpson have a song called "Don't You Hate It When They Make You Sing Along?" which is based around performers attempting to badger the audience into singing along when they don't want to.
* "Hang Down Your Head, Tom Daschle" by political satire group 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 Creator/RobinWilliams concert where Robin had asked the audience to respond to the word "alcohol" with "yes" and "drugs" with "no."
-->'''Robin Williams:''' Alcohol!
-->'''Audience:''' YES!
-->'''Robin Williams:''' Drugs!
-->'''Audience:''' NO!
-->'''Robin Williams:''' Alcodrugs!
-->'''Audience:''' *confused silence*

* 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.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* 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!"
* 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".
** [[ 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 [[ 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 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!"
* 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 [[UngratefulBastard cheered him on]] right after hearing 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?) [[ 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 aforementioned Steve Martin 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 ''[[ 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. [[ 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, [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign 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.
** 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.
* There's an apocryphal story about a Music/{{U2}} concert. Bono starts clicking his fingers, encouraging the audience to join in. He says "Every time 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" [[ 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!
* 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."
* 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 "[[Music/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!
* 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.
* 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.
* 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!\\
* During live recordings microphones often have to be aimed at the audience in order to properly capture the crowd noise on the recording, if not done properly it can give the impression that the audience didn't participate even when they actually did as they are hardly audible in the final mix.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* 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.
** This is actually a common trope in wrestling when a face fails to get over with the crowd (i.e. John Cena) or a heel does (Attitude Era Wrestling/{{Stone Cold|SteveAustin}} or Wrestling/TheRock). 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 Wrestling/GobbledyGooker and Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon went on about how the crowd loved him).
* 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.
** [[EightDeadlyWords 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, the announce team is worse than that, and then there's chanting for a ''different promotion'' (such as "[[Wrestling/{{TNA}} T-N-A]]" at a Wrestling/{{WWE}} event). There's even been chants for something completely unrelated to wrestling, such as Taber Corn and the ice cream man.

[[folder: Radio]]
* 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.

* The first stage performance of ''Theatre/{{Peter Pan|1904}}'' had [[TheProducerThinksOfEverything a contingency plan]] for this. If the audience hadn't clapped when it was time to save Tinkerbell, the orchestra would have done 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 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."
* 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.)

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the third case of the video game ''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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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.
* 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.
* ''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]].