Chris Rock finally hints at the Oscars incident on stage as he performs to a sold-out crowd in Baltimore
Comedian Chris Rock performed at a sold-out show in Baltimore at the Lyric Performing Arts Center on April 22. According to WJZ-TV, Rock said little about “the slap he heard ‘around the world'” during his Friday night performance. However, he did reference the Will Smith incident.
WJZ-TV reporter Rose Ramos reported on the comedian’s show live via Twitter. “I’m fine, I’m fine,” Rock said. “Healed cuts and bruises, for the most part,” he reportedly joked.
“#HAPPENINGNOW: @chrisrock in #[email protected] Performing in front of over 2500 sold-out crowd First 30 seconds Rock walks out and says “I’m fine, I’m fine…healed cuts and bruises…mostly” then doesn’t mention the slap for the entire show hilarious hour and a half @wjz.
A Twitter user replied that while Rock didn’t elaborate on Smith’s slap, it was referenced later on the show. Another Twitter user added that Rock tried to involve the audience member in a joke, but they brought up Jada Pinkett Smith. The Baltimore Sun article seems to confirm the story.
“He didn’t mention it, but there was a moment involving a woman in the audience.”
“I went to see Chris Rock last night and he was making a joke and asked a lady in the front row to help him. He asked her: ‘What is your name?’ She said, ‘Jada’….he said, ‘Sit your ass down.’ The place erupted.
While fans appreciated the Oscar slap references, they didn’t seem to care that the comedian barely referenced the incident during his performance. Rock also posed for a picture with a fan on Saturday while shopping at a record store. The former “Saturday Night Live” star was also scheduled to perform his “Ego Death World Tour” in Baltimore on Saturday night for another sold-out show.