Chris Rock Addresses the Oscar Slap for the First Time

Chris Rock presents the award for outstanding comedy series at the 50th annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. 

Comedian Chris Rock finally broke his silence at last at a recent standup comedy show in Boston, regarding his (in)famous confrontation with actor Will Smith on the Oscar night. The on-stage slapping has earned the best actor winner Smith the nickname of the best smacktor, along with an official 10-year ban from the Academy Awards. On the other hand, Chris Rock was hailed by both the Academy authority and social media for handling the situation with professional composure. In his comedy show, Rock addressed the scandalous incident for the first time since it happened.

The Addressing

Addressing the incident, Chris Rock admitted to his audience that he has been still processing the event and he might seriously talk about it at some point. After receiving a two-minute-long standing ovation upon taking the stage to perform, the comedian jokingly asked his audience how their weekend was. He told the audience that, after everything he had to go through, it was a nice experience to be out in public to perform once again. He also explained that the whole set of his show was written before everything happened on Oscar night and the slap that was heard around the world.

The Show

Ticket holders wait to enter the Wilbur Theater for a performance by Chris Rock, Wednesday, March 30, 2022, in Boston. 

The standup comedy show, where Chris Rock addressed the Oscar “slapgate” for the first time, was the inaugural show of his Ego Death World Tour. The venue of the sold-out show was the Wilbur Theater of Boston. The show started with the audience applauding the popular comedian with a standing ovation for a long two minutes. It’s not only this show, but the average ticket sale of his entire tour has been facing a skyrocketing demand. Since the Oscar incident, the price of each ticket of his tour has escalated from a minimum of $46 to a minimum of $341 on TickPick, the secondary market platform.