Somehow, the existence of non-disclosure agreements continues to surprise people.
On Wednesday, Pete Davidson had a show at the Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco, where attendees were required to present a signed NDA agreement at the door. Per a report on the NDA from the San Francisco Chronicle, attendees had already been informed of the implementation of the fairly common practice of phones being stowed in Yondr pouches during the show. The NDA requirement, however, wasn't sent out to ticket holders until "hours" before the set. The theater itself, meanwhile, reportedly found out on Nov. 26.
A Facebook post from someone who said they received an email informing them of the agreement noted the the contract required the signee to vow not to "give any interviews, opinions, or critiques" about Davidson's show "in any form whatsoever" including on social media channels.
"I get that comedians are protective of their jokes and don't want their routines rebroadcast, but it's rather Orwellian to not allow anyone to share an opinion on it," the post, from Facebook user Stacy Young, states. "Don't perform for the public if you don't want people to have an opinion about it!"
The agreement also reportedly included a penalty of $1 million if the conditions were not honored.
A quick Twitter scouring shows that fans have been discussing Davidson and NDAs for a few weeks now, meaning the San Francisco stop doesn't mark his first use of them: