Phones banned from Chris Rock’s Australian tour

People planning to attend one of American comedian Chris Rock’s upcoming shows must adhere to a strict set of rules or prepare to be ‘ejected immediately’.

The threat has raised eyebrows online ahead of the start of his Australian tour next week as ticket holders received firm orders over the event’s no-phone policy.

Ticket holders, which cost between $134.85 and $217.05, were told that “no cellphones, smartwatches, cameras or recording devices will be allowed on site.”

Anyone who dares to bring their phone into the room can expect to be quickly started, warns booking site Ticketek.

“Anyone caught with a cell phone in the room will be immediately expelled,” the site said.

All devices will be removed from audience members upon arrival and secured in a YONDR pouch which will be unlocked by a special device at the end of the show.

Guests will be required to bring their unusable phones to their seats and hold them throughout the show.

Then they will line up to have the pouch unlocked at an unlock station before leaving the site.

Customers will also need to print physical copies of their tickets to enter as digital ticketing will not be available, Ticketek warned.

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

“I just received tickets to see Chris Rock, the conditions on the tickets say all phones and smartwatches will be secure and you will be kicked out if you use them,” they wrote.

“I kinda wish I could be reached by the person watching the kids, what the fuck?”

The ticket holder’s concern was addressed by another Reddit user, who claimed the same system had been put in place for other comedians, musicians and movie premieres.

“I had to do it a few times (comedians like Dave Chappelle, musicians like Jack White, movie premieres). There is usually a designated place where you can unlock your phone and check it if necessary,” they wrote.

The Ticketek event page says guests “can access their phones at designated YONDR unlock stations in the lobby” during the show if they need to.

“We appreciate your cooperation in creating a phone-free viewing experience,” the page reads.

Rock made global headlines earlier this year after he was slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars for making a bald joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who suffers from alopecia.

The comedian broke his silence last month during a performance alongside Kevin Hart and Dave Chappelle at Madison Square Garden, according to AND online.

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

After being quiet for months, the comedian-actor has opened up about getting punched while headlining stand-up shows in New York and New Jersey, the New York Post reported.

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

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

Ticketek has been contacted by news.com.au for comment.

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