Comedian Dave Chappelle seems to be fed up with people recording his shows and sharing his material on the Internet. Chappelle recently tapped tech #startup Yondr, which makes cell phone cases that prevent people from using their phones, to help ensure audience members are more engaged during his performance at Thalia Hall in Chicago.
For Chappelle’s 13 sold-out shows at Thalia Hall, attendees will have to place their phones inside of Yondr’s smartphone sleeves before entering the venue, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Their phones will lock upon entering the phone-free zone, which presumably will be near the stage where Chappelle is performing.
“The deal came together pretty quickly,” Yondr founder Graham Dugoni told THR. He also said, “It’s a huge thing for Chappelle, like all comedians: how to make the show phone-free.”
Comedian Hannibal Buress has also used Yondr’s technology at some of his shows. I’ve reached out to Yondr regarding more specifics around the partnership and will update this story if I hear back.Featured Image: Visit El Paso/Flickr UNDER A CC BY 2.0 LICENSE