Fans were reportedly refused entry if they did not sign the NDA disallowing them from sharing content or even offering an opinion or critique of the show.
We're not sure what Pete Davidson was talking about in his recent standup show in San Francisco ... but that could be because he reportedly had fans sign a $1 million NDA before attending.
While it's not uncommon these days for fans to be asked to lock up their phones and watches during live performances -- which the "Saturday Night Live" star also reportedly demands -- it is far less common to have attendees at a comedy show sign a non-disclosure agreement, much less one with a $1 million fine attached.
Certainly that's a price tag likely far out of the range of possibility for many of Davidson's fans, even if it was a show that took place in San Francisco. That could be why one fan simply balked at the NDA, opting out of the show altogether.
The story came to light thanks to a fan, Stacy Young, who shared an email she got from Davidson's camp to Facebook, as noted by Deadline. According to Young, the NDA disallows her from giving any interviews for any platforms, and even stops her from offering opinions or critiques of the show.
"I get that comedians are protective of their jokes and don’t want their routines rebroadcast, but it’s rather Orwellian to not allow anyone to share an opinion on it," Young wrote in her post. "Don't perform for the public if you don't want people to have an opinion about it!"
She attached screenshots of what she says she received, including a statement that any fan who does not sign an NDA before entering (or bring a printed copy already signed) "will be giving [sic] a full refund" and refused entry. Now, that is either a typo or an error that makes the whole story suspect.
Young told Variety that she refused to sign the NDA and was offered the full refund, with the outlet independently verifying that Davidson also required NDAs at his Chicago show over the weekend. According to Consequence of Sound, the NDAs have been standard practice for Davidson since at least his November 7 show in Minneapolis.
In other words, there is apparently a huge stack of these NDAs sitting around somewhere just waiting for someone to speak out about what he said at one of these shows. Then, the interns -- you just know it's going to be some poor intern -- will be tasked with digging through all those pages in an attempt to find an agreement signed by whoever said whatever so Davidson's people can go after them legally.
So if you're at all interested in seeing Pete Davidson in concert and you're curious how his latest shows are going, don't look for any reviews online unless you can find one at AMillionBucksAintNothingToMeReviews.com.
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