A tale I heard
Jim Carrey discussing a gig where he "battled" an audience:
"I was messed up going in. I'd watched a Brando, Connie Chung interview and he just had no, no concern for the world. I went to the Comedy Store with the express idea of getting in a war with the crowd. And I did. I stayed for two hours because the hate was coming in giant waves and I just couldn't acquiesce, I couldn't lose the fight. So I stayed up until about two hours later I said I was leaving, to a standing ovation. They loved it because they were just 'AAARRRGGGGH' and then I left the stage and I crawled through the crowd and jumped up behind the piano and began to sing: 'I hate you all, you gave me cancer.' And the whole audience left, except for five people who stood around the piano and said: 'You are a god.' And I took the compliment, got back in the car and drove home and cried all the way."