Everybody wants to see Chris Rock.
Ticket sales for the 57-year-old comedian’s upcoming comedy tour are booming after he was slapped onstage by Will Smith during Oscars night.
Ticket seller TickPick tweeted Monday that they saw an increase in sales to see Rock perform following the incident, which aired live during the awards show. Rock is scheduled to perform at Boston’s Wilbur Theater Wednesday through Friday before his Ego Death World Tour begins Saturday.
“We sold more tickets to see Chris Rock overnight than we did in the past month combined,” TickPick revealed on Twitter.
Smith, 53, struck Rock while the comedian was presenting at the Academy Awards. The King Richard actor was seated in the audience while Rock introduced the Best Documentary category, and made a joke about Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
“Jada, I love ya. G.I. Jane 2, can’t wait to see ya,” Rock said, referring to Jada’s shaved head and the similar hairstyle Demi Moore’s character sports in the film.
Jada has been open about her struggles with hair loss and alopecia, and debuted her shaved hairstyle in July 2021. After hearing Rock’s joke, Jada rolled her eyes and Will initially laughed. Then, the actor hopped out of his seat to join Rock onstage, where he struck the comic across the face.
“Oh wow,” Rock said as Smith returned to his seat. “Will Smith just smacked the s— out of me.”
When Will yelled from his seat to Rock, “Keep my wife’s name out your f—ing mouth!,” Rock replied, “Wow, dude, it was a G.I. Jane joke,” and went on to present the award for Best Documentary.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issued a statement Monday afternoon condemning Will’s actions at the awards show, and announced the launch of a “formal review around the incident.”