Phones banned during Chris Rock tour of Australia

People planning to attend one of American comedian Chris Rock’s upcoming shows must abide by strict guidelines or be prepared for “immediate banishment”.

The threat raised eyebrows online ahead of the start of his Australian tour next week, with ticket holders receiving firm guidance on the event’s no-phone policy.

Ticket holders, which cost between $134.85 and $217.05, were told that “mobile phones, smartwatches, cameras, or recording devices are not allowed into the venue.”

Booking site Ticketek warns that anyone who dares to bring their phone into the lounge can expect fast downloads.

“Anyone who is caught with a mobile phone in the hall will be ejected immediately,” the website says.

All devices will be removed from the audience when they arrive and placed in a YONDR bag that will be unlocked with a special device at the end of the show.

Guests will be required to take their unused phones to their seats and keep them throughout the show.

Afterwards, they will line up to unlock the bag at the unlock station before leaving the venue.

Guests will also need to print hard copies of their tickets to gain access because e-tickets will not be available, Ticketek warned.

Someone who bought tickets to The Rock’s show at Sydney’s Aware Super Theater raised concerns about the strict rule in a Reddit post on Thursday.

“Just received tickets to meet Chris Rock, ticket terms state all phones and smartwatches will be secured and you will be kicked out if caught using them,” they wrote.

“I would like to be contacted by a child watcher, what the hell is that?”

The ticket holder’s concern was addressed by another Reddit user who stated that the same system has been used for other comedians, musicians and movie premieres.

“I’ve had to do this many times (comedians like Dave Chappelle, musicians like Jack White, movie premieres). Usually there is a special place where you can unlock your phone and check it if necessary,” they wrote.

Ticketek’s event page states that guests “can access their phones at dedicated YONDR unlock stations in the lobby” during the show if they need to.

“We appreciate your collaboration in making phone-free browsing possible,” the page says.

The Rock made world headlines earlier this year after Will Smith slapped him at the Oscars for making a lewd joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who has alopecia.

The comedian broke his silence last month during a performance alongside Kevin Hart and Dave Chappell at Madison Square Garden. ET online.

“Yeah, that shit hurt, motherfucker, but I shook that shit off and went to work the next day,” he said.

After several months of silence, the comedian addressed those who had been slapped while headlining stand-up shows in New York and New Jersey. New York Post reported.

“Whoever says ‘words hurt’ has never been punched in the face,” he said.

During the event, Hart brought a live goat on stage and introduced him as “Will Smith”.

News.com.au has contacted Ticketek for comment.

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