Dave Chappelle Issues Stern Warning to Fans Ahead of Broadway Shows

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Comedian Dave Chappelle is warning fans not to bring their cell phones to his upcoming Broadway shows.

Chappelle, who announced Wednesday his five-day residency at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre in  New York City, will have event organizers collect phones and store them in locked pouches prior to the performance. If an attendee is caught trying to sneak a phone in, they’ll immediately be booted from the venue.

This isn’t the first time the comedian has been strict with cell phone usage. Chappelle has issued the same policy numerous times before, arguing that fans lack the self-control to not touch their phones during his stand-up routines.

“Grown, responsible, disciplined adults have a hard time watching a comedy show without the distraction of their phone,” he told PBS News Hour in May 2018. “We all need a break, just from the technology, just for a minute.”

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The Washington, D.C. native has partnered with tech company Yondr to help carry out his no-cellphone policy. Yondr created the lockable phone pouch that can only be opened and closed through a separate tool, an invention has also been used by musician John Mayer.

Chappelle’s upcoming shows will take place from Tuesday, July 9, through Saturday, July 13, a stint titled, “Dave Chappelle Live on Broadway.” Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. ET.