Chris Rock shows sold out for two months after Will Smith Oscars slap

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Boston, MA – FIRST ON FOX: Comedy icon Chris Rock’s ticket sales have exploded following the Oscars dust up that saw him attacked on stage for practicing his craft by A-list star Will Smith.

Speaking with an associate after his second Boston act Wednesday night, Rock said everything within 60 days is sold out.

“It’s a little annoying,” he added.

He also mentioned wanting to lengthen his roughly one-hour routine by another 30 minutes and said he had written additional new material.

Chris Rock is seen at a hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, after a pair of performances at The Wilbur on Wednesday, March 30.
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Rock’s performances at The Wilbur in Boston marked his first since Smith charged the Oscars stage Sunday and slapped Rock across the face following a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia.

“Jada, ‘GI Jane 2,’ I can’t wait to see it,” Rock said, sparking the incident.

Smith approached, then popped him in the mouth.

“Wow, Will Smith just smacked the s— out of me,” Rock said, recovering before the live audience and carrying on with the show as Smith returned to his seat and shouted profanities.

“Keep my wife’s f—-ing name out of your mouth,” he demanded, twice.

After the exchange, which immediately went viral, ticket prices for Rock’s upcoming shows in Boston began to soar.

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    Chris Rock arrives at The Wilbur in Boston on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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    Chris Rock enters The Wilbur in Boston on March 30, 2022. (Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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    Ticket prices for Chris Rock’s shows at The Wilbur in Boston began to soar after the Oscars incident. (Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

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    Crowd gathers outside The Wilbur in Boston, for first Chris Rock’s first show since the Oscar attack. (Fox News)

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    The Wilbur in Boston, site of Chris Rock’s first stand-up shows since his encounter with Will Smith at the Oscars. (Joseph Presioso/AFP via Getty Images)

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    Stephen Coughlin, 31, waits in line to see Chris Rock perform at The Wilbur. (Joseph Presioso/AFP via Getty Images)

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    Boston police were on hand at The Wilbur Theater for Chris Rock’s comedy show. (Fox News)

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    The police presence outside The Wilbur in Boston for Chris Rock’s show. (Fox News)

Some fans, who bought their tickets before the Oscars, said they paid as little as $50 a seat. By Wednesday, resale tickets were going for as much as $1,000.

Secondhand mezzanine and upper level tickets to his April 1 show were still going for around $700 Thursday. For the next stop in Atlantic City, New Jersey, available tickets were listed for just shy of $1,700.

Rock told the audience at his first show Wednesday that he was “still processing” the Smith slap and never addressed the actor by name. He alluded to the incident just twice in his roughly one-hour set and only in passing.

He walked out to a standing ovation that roared for several minutes, following a short opening set from comedian Rick Ingram.

“Let me do a show, y’all!” Rock said at the beginning of his set. “Y’all got me all misty and s—.”

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    Will Smith slaps Chris Rock on stage before the comedian presented the best documentary award at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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    Will Smith yells at Chris Rock from his seat at the Oscars after slapping the comedian on Sunday, March 27, 2022. (Screenshot/ABC)

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    Will Smith and John Travolta hug as Smith receives his award for best actor for "King Richard" at the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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    Samuel L. Jackson congratulates Will Smith for his best actor Oscar on Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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    Bradley Cooper comforts Will Smith during the 94th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 27, 2022. (Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times)

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    Denzel Washington walks with Will Smith during the Oscars on Sunday, March 27, 2022. (Myung Chun/Los Angeles Times)

He followed up with his first reference to Sunday’s Oscars pageantry.

“How was your weekend?” Rock asked the sold-out crowd at the Wilbur, a theater of 1,200 seats in Boston. “I had a whole list of jokes. I had a whole show I wrote before this weekend, and I’m still kind of processing what happened.”

It marked Rock’s first public statements on the incident.The rest of the show consisted of new material he said he’d written before the fiasco, jokes about family, wokeness, politics and more.

His publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
 

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