Justin Trudeau Shot down a Heckler During a Town Hall and Jerry Seinfeld Responded

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 05: Jerry Seinfeld performs on stage at the National Night Of Laughter And Song event hosted by David Lynch Foundation at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on June 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for David Lynch Foundation); WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11: (AFP OUT) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks to reporters during a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and Trudeau's wife Gregoire Trudeau in the Oval Office at the White House on October 11, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch - Pool/Getty Images)

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What do dashing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and comedian Jerry Seinfeld have in common? Well, for one thing, they both have the same method for responding to hecklers.

It all began when a town hall being hosted by Trudeau was interrupted by determined hecklers.

So what did Trudeau do? He used what some have called “the Seinfeld approach.”

Trudeau artfully engaged his hecklers, at one point asking the audience to give applause to the heckler for sharing their thoughts.

Or as CBC News quoted from Seinfeld’s Reddit AMA,

Very early on in my career, I hit upon this idea of being the Heckle Therapist. So that when people would say something nasty I would immediately become very sympathetic to them, and try to help them with their problem, and try to work out what was upsetting them, and try to be very understanding with their anger. It opened up this whole fun avenue for me as a comedian, and no one had ever seen that before.

Seinfeld would say things like “‘You seem so upset, and I know that’s not what you wanted to have happen tonight. Let’s talk about your problem,'” to ease the outburst.

It seemed that others noticed as well.

And as for the man himself, he excitedly shared the moment on Twitter.

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