At the end of this month, Chris Rock is headed to Ireland for his latest run of comedy shows. The comedy great like many comedians has been thinking of innovative ways to keep comedy material exclusive. In the past we’ve covered Dave Chappelle partnering with tech company Yondr and now Rock will do the same. Yondr produces a line of special cell-phone pouches that lock up phones in a designated area so an entertainers performance won’t be caught on smart phones. Is this the new future for comedy?
Those attending the comedian’s sold-out gig at the 3Arena on Saturday, September 30th will have to place their phones in a bespoke Yondr pouch for the duration of the gig – meaning no annoying person blocking your view while recording or taking an excessive amount of pictures. What is Yondr, you may be wondering? It’s a new system that has been used at gigs in the States but this will be the first time it’s being used in Ireland. You’ll have to check your phone into a special Yondr pouch, which is then locked for the duration of the gig. However, the pouch allows phone signals to get through, so someone can feel a phone vibrate when a message arrives. Anyone who needs access during a show may leave the room, have the device unlocked and use the phone in the lobby or outside — similar to the way smokers light up outside a non-smoking theatre.