Pete Davidson is making sure none of his material gets out to the public by asking fans to sign a lengthy NDA before seeing him live.
It’s becoming increasingly common for performers to ban the use of cell phones or devices that can be used for broadcasting at their shows. Artists work hard to curate a live performance for the fans who are willing to spend their time and money to go see it, and they don’t want a watered-down version of it getting out for free. In the case of comedians, a full set could be ruined if jokes get out to the public early.
Saturday Night Live ’s Pete Davidson is taking this request for secrecy to a whole new level, by asking fans to sign a $1 million non-disclosure agreement prior to seeing his stand-up comedy shows. Not only does the NDA forbid you from broadcasting or sharing any part of Pete’s show, it also precludes audiences from sharing any “opinions” of the performance or material on social media, or any other platform.
Consequence of Sound reports that fans who attended Pete’s November 27th show in San Francisco were notified via email only “a few hours” before the event that they would be required to sign the legal document to attend.
A fan named Stacy Young shared a screenshot of the email and the NDA to Davidson’s official Facebook page. Fans are asked to guarantee that they “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.”
That’s a pretty high price to put on confidentiality of a stand-up comedy show, but Pete Davidson must be really concerned about his material getting out. Maybe he has some jokes about his relationships with Ariana Grande and Kate Beckinsale that he’d rather keep within a smaller circle!
Encouragingly, if fans choose to not sign the agreement, it says that they will be given a full refund. However, it would still be disappointing if you were turned away from a show you were looking forward to because you weren’t willing to take a $1 million risk. We hope the show is worth it for Davidson’s fans!