Chris Rock Tour Tickets Sell for Nearly 10 Times Pre-Oscars Price

The cost of tickets to see Chris Rock live has rocketed amid a surge in demand in the aftermath of the now-infamous Oscars slap.

The comedian was struck across the face by actor Will Smith at Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony in a viral incident that has shocked Hollywood and millions of people all over the world.

Rock's risky joke about Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith prompted the actor to storm the stage and hit the comedian. The incident seems to have prompted a spike in demand from fans eager to get their hands on tickets for the comedian's stand up shows, perhaps to hear his take on what went down.

Secondary ticketing marketplace, TickPick, reports that it has sold more tickets for Rock's U.S. tour in the past 24 hours than it did over the previous month.

The price of tickets also rocketed overnight on the platform with Variety reporting that tickets selling for $46 on March 18 now cost a minimum of $341 per ticket.

Some of the tickets on the platform were costing as much as $447 as of March 29.

On another secondary ticket seller, StubHub, tickets to see Rock perform in Boston are now available at a minimum of $350 on some nights.

Rock is slated to perform six shows at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston over the next few days before his Ego Death World Tour commences on April 2, with 38 cities currently lined up for its North American leg.

"Lauded by peers and critics alike, Chris Rock is one of our generation's strongest comedic voices," event organizers Live Nation said in a statement. "With a career spanning more than three decades, Rock has enjoyed ongoing success in both film and television as a comedian, actor, writer, producer and director."

The altercation between Rock and Smith left Oscars viewers reeling and has become one of the most talked-about award show moments in years. Videos of the slap had racked up millions of views on social media by Monday afternoon.

"Jada, I love you. G.I. Jane 2, can't wait to see it," he said, referring to Pinkett Smith's shaved head, a result of her experience with the condition alopecia.

Things immediately took an expected turn when Smith walked onto the stage and slapped Rock in the face.

"Wow. Will Smith just smacked the s*** out of me," Rock said in reaction.

Later, Smith returned to the stage to claim the award for Best Actor for his role in King Richard, apologizing to the Academy and other nominees for his reaction to Rock's joke during his acceptance speech.

On Monday night Smith took to Instagram to apologize directly to Rock, saying: "I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be."

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Chris Rock was slapped across the face by actor Will Smith at Sunday night’s Academy Awards ceremony. The cost of tickets to see Rock live has surged in the aftermath of the incident. Getty Images