Approaching his newly announced shows in Chicago, Dave Chappelle is now making sure that his performance doesn’t end up online. In an exclusive with THR, reports are confirming that Chappelle will make the 12 show gig cell phone free with help from the same tech company Yondr; Hannibal Buress used back in May.
The revered funnyman has entered into a deal with Yondr to use the company’s smartphone-locking pouches to ensure none of his material is leaked to the web. Poll any group of Hollywood comedians and you’ll hear the recurring gripes about smartphones and their dreaded byproduct, smartphone video: The glowing devices distract during performances; their well-honed material plummets in street value once posted to YouTube; and, in the case of more provocative comics, it renders them the target of an angry Twitter mob. Now, Dave Chappelle is taking matters into his own hands: The revered funnyman has entered into a deal with San Francisco-based Yondr to use that company’s smartphone-locking pouches at a series of live shows this week in Chicago. Attendees at any of Chappelle’s 13 sold-out Thalia Hall performances will be greeted by staffers handing out gray smartphone sleeves, available in three sizes. They are then instructed to place their phones inside the sleeves and fasten them, at which point they are welcome to carry them inside the venue.