Chris Rock has finally broken his social media hiatus, days after it was revealed that he and fellow comedian Dave Chappelle would be uniting for a joint show in London later this year. The comedian took to his Instagram and confirmed the exciting news himself. Chris Rock shared a promotional poster for the shows and officially announced the event.
The comedian shared a yellow and black poster that reads, “Dave Chapelle, Chris Rock, 3 & 4 September, The O2 Arena, London.” Alongside the poster, Chris wrote in the caption, “This is really happening.” Chris, who was struck on stage at the Oscars by Will Smith, was flooded with messages of support from friends and fans. Chris supporters took to the comment section and showed their excitement with one fan writing, “Turn the O2 into the O3.”
Both comedians have faced somewhat similar incidents in the past few months. Chris Rock was slapped across the face by Will Smith on the Oscars stage in March after he made a joke about Jada Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, seemingly unaware that she suffers from alopecia. Meanwhile, Dave Chappelle was performing as part of the Netflix ‘Is A Joke Festival’ at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles when he was ‘tackled’ by a man who rushed onto the stage.
Chris and Dave’s announcement comes after they each joked about their altercations during an appearance at ‘The Comedy Store’ in West Hollywood. During Dave’s performance, he reportedly told Chris, “At least you got smacked by someone of repute. I got smacked by a homeless guy with leaves in his hair.” Chris laughed and referred to Will as ‘soft’. However, Will’s wife Jada recently addressed the incident during a recent episode of her Red Table Talk series.
The actress had briefly acknowledged the slap shortly after the Academy Awards, revealing to fans her family’s plans of healing. But last week she finally spoke about the moment, telling viewers, “About Oscar night. My deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile.” Will Smith has publicly apologised for his action and he was banned from the Academy Awards for 10 years.