Don’t plan on reliving Dave Chappelle’s upcoming Chicago stand-up performances through fan-shot videos: The comedian is making sure audience members don’t use their cell phones during his performances with the help of Yondr, a company that aims to make venues phone-free using locking pouches.
Chicago venue Thalia Hall is teaming up with Yondr for Chappelle’s 10-show run there, and said in a statement that they are “thoroughly impressed by how seamless and efficient Yondr has been.” Upon entry, each attendee receives a pouch for his or her phone. The pouch automatically locks once the patron is through the theater doors. (Have an emergency? Audience members can just exit the phone-free zone and the pouches will unlock.)
“The issue with comedy in general is an existential problem,” Yondr founder Graham Dugoni told Daily Dot in May for an interview about Hannibal Buress using the technology at his shows. “With comedy, if a comedian can’t have a space to go off the deep end, what are they doing up there?”