Toronto not sure if it liked the phone ban at Chris Rock show
Rock was here as part of his Total Blackout Tour and is one of many performers making use of the Yondr pouch, a carrying case that disrupts cellular reception so as not to distract audience members.
Naturally, people had mixed reactions to the policy.
Ridiculous. I didn’t see anything printed on the @chrisrock tickets about Toronto show phone pouch. What are we, children? People could be enjoying enjoying themselves vs standing in line. Ultimate coat check fail. pic.twitter.com/cmcX9RSCA5— C-A Granatstein (@cagranatstein) November 12, 2017
The choice to use the Yondr pouches varies by performer and the policy is typically made known to attendees well in advance.
In the case of comedians, Dave Chappelle has made use of them in the past during his performance at Danforth Music Hall. Now their use is starting to look like it's here to stay.
The technology allows for audience members to keep possession of their phones while in the pouch, but they can be confiscated if you're caught using them outside of designated areas.
Many found the move improved the experience of the show by forcing everyone to pay attention. In the absence of ringing, lit screens, or people blocking the view while trying to take a picture, it was possible to focus on Rock's comedy.
Cellphone/Camera-Free event. Humans ACTUALLY interacting with other humans instead of being distracted by a device (YES EVEN IN 2017!). All while focused in on a COMEDIC GENIUS and literally laughing their asses off!! What an experience last night...another one off the bucket list 🙏🙏 @chrisrock @judahworldchamp @mariojoyner #totalblackouttour #chrisrock #genius
Yondr is what we get for being incapable of looking away from a screen for five minutes and unless that changes, a future of cell phone-free venues may the new norm.
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