Pete Davidson is taking some extreme measures to make sure anyone who attends his stand up comedy shows, does not discuss anything they see while he is on stage.
The 'Saturday Night Live' star is forcing fans to sign a lengthy nondisclosure agreement before they can be a guest at his show. The agreement posted online by an attendee, not only gives strict guidelines to what you can and can not doing in the audience but if you break any rules you could be liable for $1 Million in damages.
According to a posting on Facebook, one fan received an email prior to the comedian's San Francisco show which says the document must be signed before entering the venue. In fact, it specifies you can't discuss any details of the show or your experiences at this event, period.
See The Document...
The NDA prohibits any posting of footage or even review of the show be published online or on social media. It warns if you do so, it may cost you heavily, “any actual out-of-pocket expense, as well as any attorney fees,” it reads.
This did not sit well with everyone who received the email, one person responded, “I understood and was willing to consent to the initial request of locking up any phones or cameras brought to the event, but I think this a bit ridiculous and over the top."
They continued, “I get that comedians are protective of their jokes and don’t want their routines rebroadcast, but it’s rather Orwellian to not allow anyone to share an opinion on it. Don’t perform for the public if you don’t want people to have an opinion about it!”
Does He Have A Point?
On one hand, the NDA seems to be warning fans that the content being created on stage is a work of art. So, the images and likeness, as well as its contents, should be protected in case Davidson wishes to sell the show in some broadcast format.
But, there are sections of the ND which prohibit the viewer from critiquing the comedian's work to any media outlet. So, some believe it could just be him trying to blunt any bad reviews of the show.
The Cell Phone Controversy
Davidson’s decision to use the NDAs comes on the heels of another controversy surrounding the comedian after students at the University of Central Florida violated his no-cellphone rule at a show over the summer.
Pete went nuts on the crowd after catching them filming part of his set with cell phones, saying in a rant on stage, “the world is going to end in 25 years because you’re all fking retarded” and “You should fking grow up. It says no phones...You’re just supposed to just like behave. I have to have my boy patrol you guys like you’re 5 years old? That’s f**king embarrassing.”
The University issued a statement after Pete's blow up on stage, saying, “Mr. Davidson’s abusive language, particularly his use of a derogatory slur, is contrary to the University of Central Florida’s values of inclusion and respect for all. It’s disappointing that his rant spoiled an event that was meant to welcome students back for the fall semester."