Chris Rock’s first show since slapping Will Smith drives up ticket prices

Actor Chris Rock speaks onstage during the 94th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California on March 27, 2022.

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Chris Rock has yet to publicly announce that he was slapped by Will Smith at the 94th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday. Fans are betting on luck which could change on Wednesday night.

Rock is set to perform two back-to-back shows at Boston’s Wilbur Theater, and the anticipation has sent second-market ticket sales skyrocketing, according to social media posts and resale sites.

StubHub, a ticket exchange and resale company, said it saw daily sales of Rock’s shows 25 times in the days following the Oscars incident, surpassing the comedian’s cumulative tour sales for the entire March.

“At this point in his tour, on an average day, we would expect to see a spike in sales in the 24 or 48 hours leading up to a show date as last minute sales roll in – but it’s incredibly unusual to see the spike we’ve experienced,” StubHub spokesperson Mike Silveira said in a statement to CNBC.

The jump in sales was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

There are more than a dozen tickets to Rock’s Wednesday shows for sale on StubHub, with prices ranging from $444 per ticket to $1,705. Of course, these are just asking prices – it’s unclear if anyone will buy seats at these levels.

Users reported on social media that ticket prices jumped from as low as $40 before the incident to triple-digit price tags after the altercation.

Ticket market TickPick said Monday it sold more tickets to see Rock overnight after the slap than in the past month combined.

TickPick has three tickets currently available for the 7:30 a.m. show and four on sale for the 10:00 a.m. show. Prices range from $800 to $1,100 each.

The Ticketmaster website says the 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows are sold out. Meanwhile, Vivid Seats currently has four tickets for the 10 p.m. show, including two for $768 and two for $966.

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