Stress Factory Comedy Club owner Vinnie Brand has defended his decision, insisting that he told the crowd the ground rules upfront in an attempt to keep them under control. Here’s what we know for sure. If you demand that a crowd specifically avoid a topic — espeically at a comedy club — they will make it their mission to do the exact opposite.Vinnie could have hecklers under control in the moment, rather than upfront. Pete knew he had an uphill battle from the moment Vinnie made his announcement — and he chose to bail. He’s entitled to that decision.