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Chris Rock wept during his first standup comedy show since Will Smith slapped him forcefully during the 2022 Oscar Awards.

Rock took to the stage on Wednesday night for his first public appearance at a sold-out comedy show in Boston.

Lines formed down the block for the first show where some ticket holders paid as much as $1,000.

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The comedian was surrounded by security guards when he arrived at the Wilbur Theater for his first set on Wednesday.

The former Saturday Night Live star was greeted with a long standing ovation during the first of two sets as part of his Ego Death World Tour.

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"Sooooo, how was your weekend?!" he asked the excited crowd.

"Let me be all misty and sh*t," he said with tears in his eyes.

Rock told the audience that he was "still processing" being slapped by Smith. "I don't have a bunch of sh*t to say about that, so if you came here for that..." he paused, before adding.

"I had written a whole show before this weekend. I'm still processing what happened, so at some point I'll talk about that sh*t. It'll be serious. It'll be funny, but right now I'm going to tell some jokes."

Many fans who went to the first show were disappointed that Rock didn't address The Slap more.

"I want my money back," said one fan who paid $400 for his ticket.

The crowd turned over their cell phones after entering the Wilbur Theater before the show began.

In his second set, Rock broached the subject again, this time saying that he hasn't spoken with Smith. "I haven't talked to anyone, despite what you heard," he said.

There are reports that Rock's lawyers are in talks with attorneys for Smith and the Academy to negotiate a 7-figure settlement out of court.

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Rock was in a better mood as he left the Wilbur Theater after his second show.

On Wednesday the Academy broke the news that Smith was asked to leave the Dolby Theater after the slap but he refused, TMZ reported.

The Academy said Smith ignored the request from the president, David Rubin, and CEO, Dawn Hudson, to leave the theater, and that he had violated their code of conduct.

The Academy didn't ask Smith directly. His publicist was asked to relay the request to the actor.

In a statement on Wednesday, the Academy regretted not doing more to remove Smith from the building. He was allowed to sit in the front row with his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, for another 45 minutes.

"The Board of Governors today initiated disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy's Standards of Conduct, including inappropriate physical contact, abusive or threatening behavior, and compromising the integrity of the Academy," the statement said.

The Academy will meet again on April 18 to decide whether to suspend Smith or revoke his membership permanently.

More than 50% of the Academy's members - including Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg - voted to pursue disciplinary action against the disgraced actor.

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Will Smith apologized to Chris Rock 24 hours after he stormed onstage at the Oscar Awards and slapped the comedian for joking about Jada Pinkett Smith's hair loss.

It isn't clear if Rock accepted the disgraced actor's apology.

But one person who didn't accept Smith's apology is Rock's brother, Tony Rock.

When a Twitter user asked Tony whether he accepted the apology, Tony replied, "No."

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When asked by another user if they were planning to "fight fire with fire" or take "the professional route," Tony responded, "It's on bro."

Tony said that "Mama Rock" hits harder than Smith when asked who packs a stronger punch, Jada or Will. He also dismissed the rumors that The Slap was fake.

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Chris Rock saw a surge in ticket sales for every stop on his "Ego Death" comedy tour. Third party ticket sellers snapped up most of the tickets at $46 each.

One third party seller still had 300 tickets available to Rock's Fox Theater show in Atlanta at $145 each on Tuesday.

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Chris Rock's "Ego Death" comedy show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta is the hottest ticket in town.

Rock's Fox Theater show on July 29 in Atlanta sold out a day after he was assaulted by Will Smith onstage at the 2022 Oscar Awards.

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Rock's Atlanta show saw a surge in ticket sales on Monday - a day after he was assaulted by Smith, who won his first-ever Oscar for his role in King Richard.

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Ticket prices surged from $49.50 to $135 before fees, according to AJC.com.

Third party ticket sellers sold the bulk of the tickets between Sunday night and Monday. Stubhub has 300 tickets still available for Rock's Atlanta show at inflated prices.

TickPick, another third-party ticket seller, told AJC.com it sold more tickets to Rock's show in 2 days than it did in the past month.

Rock's last appearance in Atlanta at the Fox Theater was in 2017. He hosted three sold out shows, according to AJC.com.

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Dave Chappelle refuses to bend to demands from a group of transgender Netflix employees.

The comedian's representatives announced he would meet with the employees after refusing to meet with them for weeks.

Chappelle joked he will meet with the Netflix employees - if they admit lesbian comedienne Hannah Gadsby isn't funny.

Hannah is a male-identified lesbian who criticized Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos after he defended Chappelle's Netflix special, The Closer.

The controversial comic, who is currently on a 10-city comedy tour, shared a video to Instagram from his Nashville show, in which he addressed the Netflix employees directly.

"To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me. I am not bending to anybody's demands," the Emmy winner says in the five-minute Instagram clip. Comments on the post appear to have been turned off.

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He added:

"And if you want to meet with me, I'd be more than willing to, but I have some conditions. First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing, and thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny."

In the Instagram video, Chappelle said he was disinvited from film festivals following The Closer backlash.

"Thank God for Ted Sarandos and Netflix, he's the only one that didn't cancel me yet."

According to a source who was at the Nashville show, Dave started his set with a "statement" to those he'd offended, jokingly pulling out a piece of paper and reading "F**k y'all, n**gas!" TMZ reported.

Chappelle will air a documentary, "Untitled," during his tour stops in 10 cities, including Atlanta on Nov. 21.
 

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Teyana Taylor is bidding farewell to her fans with a final tour.

The 30-year-old singer announced the dates for her upcoming 12-city "Last Rose Petal Tour" on Instagram Wednesday.

The Last Rose Petal Tour kicks off in San Francisco on November 7, and concludes on November 30 in Atlanta, Ga.

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The mom-of-two said she was "lucky" to be able to retire at a young age.

"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. However for every goodbye God makes the next hello closer. Come out and watch me, leave it all out on the stage... One last time... Just for you & as my last rose petal falls, I say farewell..."

Her last sentence left some fans confused. Teyana reportedly underwent a double mastectomy after discovering lumps in her breasts in Miami earlier this year.

Due to her family history of cancer she decided not to take any chances.

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Teyana and her husband, NBA star Iman Shumpert share two daughters named Iman Tayla and Rue.
 

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Luenell threw shots at fellow comedian Bill Cosby who is planning a comeback standup comedy tour.

Bill Cosby, 83, was released from a Philadelphia prison on June 30 after he served three years of a three to ten year sentence on sex assault charges.

TMZ bumped into Luenell at L.A.'s LAX Airport, and she was adamant that Cosby should enjoy his newfound freedom at home. She said the alternative is taking the O.J. Simpson route -- and ending up back in prison.

Simpson, 74, was hit with armed robbery a decade after he was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and her friend. Simpson served 9 years in prison for the robbery conviction.

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Luenell says Cosby should learn from Simpson, and "go somewhere and sit down." She seemed to suggest Cosby will find himself back behind bars if he insists on touring -- since female groupies hang out backstage.

It's obvious that Cosby -- who is legally blind -- can't resist beautiful ladies.

Luenell, 62, also said Cosby is sure to be confronted by loud protesters wherever he goes.

At least one comedy club has banned Cosby from performing in his venue. The owner of NYC's famed Comedy Cellar says Cosby is not welcome there, according to TMZ.
 

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Eddie Murphy isn't going easy on the #MeToo movement when he returns to the stage as a standup comedian next year.

According to WENN.com, Murphy doesn't plan to change his stand-up comedy sets in light of the #MeToo movement. Murphy says his material has always been controversial and subject to a high level of scrutiny.

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The Me Too movement was founded in 2006 by activist, community organizer and sex assault victim Tarana Burke (above) to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The 58-year-old actor and comedian will return to host sketch TV series Saturday Night Live, where he got his big start 35 years ago. Murphy will host SNL on December 21 before heading out on the road in 2020.

Reflecting on his return to the stage for the first time in three decades, the Beverly Hills Cop star told the Wall Street Journal's WSJ magazine that he is used to a heightened level of scrutiny.

He previously had to apologize to certain special interest groups for some of his comedy material, but not everybody will get the same white glove treatment.

Murphy he won't be apologetic for offending the easily offended.

"Before there was the #MeToo movement, all this stuff that's going on, the woke stuff, whatever y'all are calling it. People would talk s**t, get bent out of shape," he said.

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"I had to apologize for stuff. And that was, you know, 30 years ago," said Murphy, who is currently engaged to 40-year-old Paige Butcher, the mother of his two youngest children.

"Now everybody gets treated the same way. But it's not like I'm looking at it like, 'Oh, now I don't know if I can do stand-up because it's changed'. It's like, it changed for everyone else."

He added: "So when I put my stuff together, I ain't stepping on nobody's toes, giving nobody reasons to picket me and all that s**t."

Explaining how he plans to test out his new material before he heads out on the tour, Eddie added: "I'm just going to pop up and do the comedy clubs. And try to get my s**t together.

Last week, the star told late-night host Stephen Colbert it was former U.S. President Barack Obama who inspired his return to comedy, after Barack asked him, "When are you going to do stand-up again?" in 2015.

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Eddie Murphy plans to return to stand up comedy by going out on tour in 2020 after hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time in 35 years.

Murphy, 58, announced he will return to host Saturday Night Live on December 21, 2019. The long-running sketch comedy TV series helped launch his career in the 1980s.

According to Deadline.com, Murphy is rumored to be in talks with Netflix to film his stand up comedy for a series of standup specials.

Murphy's full length stand-up comedy films, Delirious (1983) and Raw (1987) documented his sold out arena tours in the 1980s.

After releasing Delirious to theaters, Murphy went on to star in hit movies including Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Coming to America (1988), Harlem Nights (1989), as well as voicing the donkey in the highly lucrative Shrek animation films.

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In the midst of his huge success as America's highest paid comedian, Murphy paused to father 5 children with his now ex-wife, Nicole Murphy.

Murphy was recently in Atlanta working on the Coming To America sequel with Arsenio Hall and SNL vet Leslie Jones.