Chris Rock was greeted with a standing ovation at his first comedy show since Will Smith punched him during the Academy Awards on Sunday (March 27).
The comedian addressed the altercation on Wednesday night (March 30) at his sold-out show in Boston ego death Tour, where he said he’s “still processing” what happened last weekend.
Smith slapped and berated Rock after the 57-year-old comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith’s performance live on stage at the Oscars ceremony. The slap made headlines around the world and Smith is now facing disciplinary action from the Academy.
Interest in rock continues ego death Touring skyrocketed after what has been described as the most shocking incident in the Oscars’ 94-year history.
Ticket marketplace website TickPick tweeted that it sold more tickets to Rock’s tour the night after the Oscars than in the entire month before.
It was also reported that single ticket prices had risen from $46 (£35) to $411 (£314) for the cheapest available seats as of Monday night (March 28), an increase of almost 800 per cent.
After a standing ovation from the crowd at Boston’s Wilbur Theater on Wednesday, Rock, 57, continued, “Let me be all foggy and shitty.” It’s said the comedian had tears in his eyes.
Addressing interest in Rock’s comment on falling out with Smith, the comedian said, “I don’t have much to say, so if that’s what you came here for…
“I had a whole show written before this weekend.”
Rock will perform in more than 30 cities across the States, as well as London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds in the UK as part of its ongoing live tour in May.
“Ego Death World Tour 2022, all new material introspective, very personal and very fun,” Rock wrote on Instagram announcing the tour in February. “I can’t wait to show you. You can find the link for tickets in my bio.”
Smith publicly apologized to Rock in a statement posted to the actor’s Instagram account, confirming that “I was out of line. I was wrong”.
New footage of “The Slap That Was Heard Around the World,” which was not featured on the Oscars broadcast, showed footage of Rock looking dazed immediately after Smith hit him.
The clip, posted online by TikTok user @sincerelyordinary, zooms in on Rock, who appears to be in shock after the incident.
He looks around while trying to make sense of what just happened, and at one point he looks at an unfamiliar person in the audience and grimaces as if to imply he’s not sure why Smith hit him .
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/comedy/news/chris-rock-standing-ovation-oscars-slap-b2047867.html Chris Rock receives a standing ovation on his first comedy show since the Oscars