Ticket sales for Chris Rock’s stand-up comedy shows have reportedly increased “dramatically” following the Oscar dispute with Will Smith, which the comedian has yet to publicly comment on.
Beers have increased more than 25-fold in the 48 hours since the incident, according to US ticket seller StubHub.
It comes after Rock was slapped on stage by Smith after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, the actor’s wife, and her hair loss.
The Best Actor winner, 53, has since apologized for his “unacceptable and inexcusable” actions and denounced violence in all its forms as “toxic and destructive”.
Pinkett Smith, 50, also hailed a “season of healing” in a post shared to Instagram.
StubHub said cumulative sales for Rock’s tour in the days since the incident had surpassed previous sales for all of March.
“Now that we’re 48 hours from Sunday night, it’s apparent that demand for Chris Rock shows has increased dramatically based on our ticketing trends on StubHub,” a StubHub spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.
“At this stage of his tour, on an average day, we expect a surge in sales in the 24 or 48 hours before a show date when last-minute sales hit – but it’s incredibly unusual to see the Spike we’ve experienced.”
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“With daily sales remarkably more than twenty-five times the average we’ve seen over the past month, we think this interest is likely to last for a short while.”
Ticket retailer TickPick said it “sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than we did together in the past month.”
Rock’s Ego Death World Tour is scheduled to begin April 2nd.
In his apology posted online, Smith said Rock’s joke about his wife’s health condition caused him to react “emotionally,” adding, “I’m still a work in progress.”
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air star has been convicted by the Academy and a formal review of the altercation at the 94th annual awards ceremony has been launched.
The show descended into chaos when Smith took to the stage and slapped Rock in front of the star-studded audience after the comic made a joke about his wife and her hair loss.
Referring to Pinkett Smith’s buzzcut, Rock said, “Jada, can’t wait for GI Jane 2,” which caused the actress to roll her eyes.
The Magic Mike XXL star and Red Table Talk host has previously opened up about her struggles with alopecia, saying it has prompted her to shave her head.
Smith took to the stage and slapped Rock before returning to his seat and shouting twice, “Keep my wife’s name out of your damn mouth.”
Later, when he received the Best Actor award for his performance in King Richard, Smith apologized to the Academy and his fellow nominees, but not to Rock, and joked that he “looked like the crazy dad.”
Oscars showrunner Will Packer later described the altercation as “a very painful moment for me.”
The incident caused shock and later criticism from figures from around the world of Hollywood and comedy.
During his Late Late Show on CBS, James Corden used a skit to quip that Smith “can’t take a joke.”
The Carpool Karaoke host told viewers: “Seriously, I applaud Chris Rock for recovering and keeping the show going. It was an incredibly dignified response.
“Let me say this: Will Smith can’t take a joke, Chris Rock can take a punch. A steel jaw. Incredible.”
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said no report was filed after the incident.
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