Comedians these days are well-known to do things like prohibit the use of phones to ensure their precious gags don’t get leaked and that the audience actually is there for the show. Pete Davidson, though, just took that to a whole new level.
Consequence of Sound is reporting that since early November, Davidson has been making his fans sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), sent to them in an email before the event. The NDA states that signees “shall not give any interviews, offer any opinions or critiques, or otherwise participate by any means or in any form whatsoever (including but not limited to blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or any other social networking or other websites whether now existing or hereafter created) in the disclosure of any Confidential information…”
And to top it all off, if you break that rule, you could face a fine of $1 Million USD ($1.48 Million AUD). Fans who didn’t feel comfortable with the NDA could choose to get their tickets refunded, but that didn’t go down well with everyone.
Sharing screenshots of the documents to Davidson’s Facebook page, Stacy Young said “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. Don’t perform for the public if you don’t want people to have an opinion about it!”
Would you still go see a show if you had to sign one of these?