Bill Burr was good, though he sounded a little nervous. Jesse did a good job of trying to showcase him to a relatively new audience. I've never thought of Burr as particularly ferocious because his material is often self-deprecating and based on self doubt/discovery. I think the Philadelphia heckling incident was 15 minutes of spontaneous defense of the medium of stand up. I'm not a stand-up, but I assume every seasoned veteran of comedy appreciated that rant.
(from a transcript I found online) You racist morons. F##king Rocky is your hero. The whole pride of your city is built around a f##kin guy who doesn’t even exist. F##kin Joe Frazier is from here, but he’s black so you can’t f##kin deal with him, so you make a f##king statue for some 3 ft f##kin Italian you stupid Philly cheese-eating f##ing jacka##es.
Doubt there's much overlap between the O&A crowd and the PRI audience.
There are a few of us
There are some O&A fans who can read. I was drawn to TSOYA on iTunes because of the comedians and great interviews -- the same reason I listen to O&A. Louis CK, Patrice Oneal, Joe Rogan, and (that) Kevin Smith all had their own shows on O&A's satellite radio channel. Marc Maron, Lewis Black, Doug Stanhope and Brian Regan are all repeat visitors when they're in NYC. Their guest comedians sit in for hours of uncensored, live radio. The potential for a great comedian to sit in is what keeps me listening through the more mass-appeal material. Obviously the show doesn't attempt to appeal to the PRI/NPR demographic -- but that doesn't mean there isn't a large block of open-minded O&A listeners.