Elias said she was overcome with adrenaline, but she was determined to finish her set — if only to hit her final punchline which is printed on some of the merchandise she sells after her show. “I was like, Well, I mean, I still want to make extra money tonight so I have to do the joke!” she said.
When she did finally get off stage, Soresi hugged her and asked if she was OK, and then Elias called her husband so she could hear a comforting voice. She said one member of the rowdy group also came to apologize on behalf of their friends, while another gave her $20.
Club owner Dino Ibelli told BuzzFeed News that the heckling woman and her male partner, who he said was the one who threw the can, quickly left the venue, but Ibelli said that he had been in touch with local police on Sunday morning after he was able to identify the patterns.
An official from the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department told BuzzFeed News that investigators were at the club on Sunday afternoon to collect evidence, which Ibelli said included security footage.
Soresi, meanwhile, said he was in awe of Elias for her composure — and her comedy.
“There’s this idea that the brave comedian is the one saying the thing we’re all thinking, and I’m like, just take a look at this video if you want to see what real bravery looks like as a comedian,” he said .
Asked how she was feeling on the day after the incident, Elias said she is still on edge,
“I definitely still have some adrenaline,” she said. “I took two sips of coffee this morning, and I was like, ‘That was a mistake.’”
But one positive has been the incredible response she received from a bunch of more famous comedians after she posted the clip online, where it soon went viral.