The 2022 Academy Awards were held over the weekend to honor some of the top films currently in the film business. While everyone watching the ceremony hoped to see one of their favorites win single or multiple honors, no one could have expected the drama that ensued between now first time Oscar winner Will Smith and the one of the show’s Presenter, Actor and Comedian, Chris Rock.
Surprisingly, the drama’s aftereffect is even more startling.
Rock, who is embarking on a comedy tour this year, has seen ticket sales for the event jump just hours after what has become known as one of the most contentious Oscars nights in history.
Fans Are Buying More Tickets To Chris Rock’s Comedy Tour
After hosting the Oscars for the first time in 2016, Rock returned as a Presenter for the Best Documentary category at the 2022 ceremony. Unfortunately he got slapped and yelled at by Smith after making a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith that seemed to offend her.
The comedian, who appeared to be taken aback by the smack, went on to deliver his presentation, which was later followed by Smith winning Best Actor for his role in “King Richard.” Following the altercation, the internet erupted in flames as followers worldwide reacted with differing perspectives on the incident. On the other hand, Rock now appears to be having the last laugh.
As per Variety, Tick Pick, one of the secondary marketplaces for purchasing the tickets, sales for Rock’s next comedy tour have purportedly increased, owing to the events of Sunday night. Additionally, the sales site said ticket prices have climbed by nearly 800 percent, with tickets initially selling for $46 and now costing $346.
Chris Rock Upcoming Tour Is His First In The Last Five Years
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Rock announced the tour in an Instagram post last month, just before the Oscars event in 2022. He captioned the post, “Ego Death World Tour” 2022 all-new material introspective, very personal and very funny. I can’t wait to show you. The link for tickets is in my bio.”
The tour will be his first in five years since he last performed on stage in 2017 for his “Total Blackout Tour,” which he followed up with the stand-up special “Chris Rock: Tamborine” the following year. Both marked his comeback to the live stage after a nearly ten-year break from major comedy performances.
The Locations For The Comedy Tour
From March 30 to April 1, Rock will take on six gigs at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre before launching his Ego Death World Tour on April 2. The tour will start with the North American leg, which will include more than half of the live show’s scheduled sites.
There will be 38 trips in total, including stops in Las Vegas, Denver, Oakland, Seattle, New York, Chicago, and Toronto among them. Rock will wrap off the tour with three shows, the first two of which will take place at UBC’s Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre and DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, before concluding on November 17 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
Chris Rock Other Projects
The upcoming Ego Death tour is produced by Live Nation Entertainment, an American company that promotes, operates, and manages ticket sales for live entertainment in the United States and internationally.
While all things seem set for the upcoming tour, Rock is still working on other projects, majorly in the film industry. The actor recently finished filming on “Rustin,” a biopic produced by Higher Ground, and David O’Russell’s untitled feature. In 2023, he will also direct an untitled film. Rock also starred as Loy Cannon in Season 4 of FX’s Emmy-winning drama series “Fargo,” as well as producing “Spiral,” a reboot of the latest “Saw” franchise film.
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