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Ticket sales for Chris Rock's comedy show went through the roof after the comedian was slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars

Mar 29, 2022, 16:54 IST
Comedian Chris Rock backstage during the 94th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday.Al Seib /A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images
  • Chris Rock has a 2022 live tour with shows as soon as this week.
  • Ticket sales apparently soared after Will Smith slapped Rock onstage Sunday night at the Oscars.

The slap Chris Rock received from the Oscar-winning actor Will Smith might have stung, but it also appears to have sent sales for the comedian's coming show through the roof.

At least one ticketing site says tickets for Rock's "Ego Death World Tour" skyrocketed after Smith hit him onstage Sunday night during the 94th Academy Awards ceremony.

"We sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than we did in the past month combined," the ticket-selling site TickPick wrote on Twitter on Monday.

Rock had announced the tour, which begins this week, over Instagram on February 23, promising "all-new material" and an "introspective" program that would be "very personal and very funny."

Newsweek reported seeing an increase in the price of tickets for one of Rock's shows. According to the media outlet, tickets for a table at a Friday show at the Wilbur theater in Boston rose from $338 on Monday morning up to $450 within an hour on StubHub.


While presenting the award for best documentary on Sunday, Rock joked that Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, could star in a hypothetical "GI Jane 2" because of her shaved head. Pinkett Smith has the hair-loss condition alopecia, and the joke appeared to rile her husband, who then stormed the stage and slapped Rock before returning to his seat and yelling at him from the audience.

The beef between the two men might have been six years in the making, however, with Rock having also made fun of Pinkett Smith for not being invited to the Oscars back in 2016.

Minutes later, Smith won best actor for his performance in "King Richard," and during his acceptance speech he apologized to the Academy for the altercation. He later apologized publicly to Rock, writing in an Instagram post that he was "out of line" and "wrong" to have slapped the comedian.

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