CHICAGO — Comedian Dave Chappelle sold out all 13 of his standup shows at Pilsen’s Thalia Hall this week in just minutes.
Fans attending the shows were told that cell phones would not be allowed inside but Chappelle is taking that a step further.
He’s partnered with a tech company called Yondr. They make pouches for smartphones that render the phones useless.
Fans are told to put their phones inside the pouch and fasten them. When they enter the venue’s “no phone zone,” the pouches lock shut via a wireless signal.
If you need to use your phone, you just leave the “no phone zone” and the pouch will unlock.
Comedian Hannibal Burris has used Yondr at his shows, and they’ve also been used at schools across the country.