Chris Rock, 57, was met with a very warm welcome during his show at The Wilbur Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts, United States on March 30, 2022. It was the first time he appeared in public since the 94th Academy Awards, which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, USA on March 27, 2022.
When Rock presented an award at the 2022 Oscars, he joked about the shaved head of Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, with a reference to “G.I. Jane”. Her husband Will Smith, 53, was seen laughing at the joke but he later walked onstage and slapped Rock.
While staying at The Ritz-Carlton in Boston, Rock will have six shows at The Wilbur Theater, two each day from March 30, 2022 through April 1, 2022. During the performances, guests are required to secure their phones in a sealed pouch.
Dressed in all white, Rock appeared on stage at 8:15 p.m. on March 30, 2022. He asked the crowd, “What’s up Boston? How was your weekend?”
The crowd laughed at Rock’s opening line, welcomed the comedian with a standing ovation and cheered for him. He was so touched by the reception that he could not help but cry.
The comedian wiped away his tears and tried to continue. He said, “Y’all are getting me all misty-eyed and s—.”
“F— Will Smith!” Some of the members of the audience chanted. Rock smiled but did not join the chant.
“I had a whole list of jokes,” Rock said. “I had a whole show I wrote before this weekend and I’m still kind of processing what happened. At some point, I’ll talk about that s–t and it will be serious and it will be funny.”
Rock went on to tell jokes about the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He himself tested positive for COVID-19 in September 2020.
Wanda Sykes, 58, Regina Hall, 51, and Amy Schumer, 40, hosted the 2022 Oscars. On the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” episode on March 30, 2022, Sykes told Ellen DeGeneres, 64, that Rock apologized to her at the after party of talent manager Guy Oseary, 49.
“As soon as I walked up to him, the first thing he said is, ‘I’m so sorry’,” Sykes said of Rock. “I was like, ‘Why are you apologizing?’ He was like, ‘It was supposed to be your night. You and Amy and Regina were doing such a great job. I’m so sorry this is now gonna be about this.'”