Chris Rock stand-up UK tour Manchester AO Arena 2022: how to get tickets for Ego Death tour

Ahead of his UK tour, the Grammy-award winner was embroiled in controversy at the 2022 Oscars, as Will Smith appeared to hit him live on stage.

Chris Rock is set to perform in the UK for the first time in half a decade, as he will perform at the iconic Manchester AO Arena.

Here’s everything you need to know about the tour, including ticket details and more.

When is Chris Rock performing in Manchester?

Rock is set to perform at the iconic Manchester AO Arena on Sunday, May 15 2022.

He rarely performs in the UK, and this is the comedian’s first UK tour in five years.

The star has history in Manchester, and has performed in the city before, as part of his ‘Total Blackout’ tour, where he joked about Donald Trump and more.

Where else is he performing?

Rock’s UK tour is very brief, only performing four shows across the pond.

The tour will commence in the capital, before heading to Birmingham and Leeds before ending in Manchester.

The full list of the UK dates:

  • London Royal Albert Hall - May 12
  • Birmingham Utilita Arena - May 13
  • Leeds First Direct Arena - May 14
  • Manchester AO Arena - May 15

How can I get tickets for the Manchester performance?

Despite the recent controversy concerning the comedian, many tickets for his performance in Manchester are still available.

The lowest price available on Ticketmaster is currently just £36.20 per ticket, with Ticketmaster saying the best seat still available on the site, citing section BL A row K as the best tickets left, costing £109.50 each.

Can I use my phone during his performance?

Phones can be used during the show, but you will have to use a designated ‘phone area’.

This is classified as ‘phone-free show’, meaning that you can not use your phone in the performance area during the show.

On arrival at the AO Arena, you will place your phone, smart watches and accessories in a Yondr phone pouch, which will remain sealed until the end of the show.

Your possessions will remain on your at all times during the performance, just securely placed in a phone pouch.

If anyone decides to use their phone or anything else placed in the Yondr pouch, you will be escorted out by security.

Who is Chris Rock?

Chris Rock is an American comedian and actor.

He is multiple Emmy and Grammy award winner, and the likes of Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah and more have stated Rock as their influence.

Despite starting his career in 1984, Rock first gained notoriety in the early 90s, where he got his big break as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, giving the budding comedian national exposure.

Since then he has hosted the Saturday Night Live on three occasions, in 1996, 2014 and 2020.

Why did Will Smith slap Chris Rock on the face at the 94th Academy Awards Award ceremony in March?

The Grammy-award winner was embroiled in major controversy at the 2022 Oscars ceremony, after actor Will Smith appeared to walk on stage and hit the comedian, after Rock made a distasteful joke aimed at Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith.

The joke was in reference to Ms Pinkett-Smith’s hair-loss condition , alopecia, which she was diagnosed as having in 2018.

Rock said: “Jada, I love, ‘G.I. Jane 2’, I can’t wait to see it,”

The camera cut to Jada’s husband Will Smith, and initially it looked like he was laughing.

Around 10-15 seconds later, Smith walked on stage, striking Rock across the face before calmly walking back to his seat, saying “Keep my wife’s name out of your f***ing mouth.”

Smith went on to win an Oscar, for his portrayal of the father of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams, in the movie ‘King Richard’.