CAN COMEDIANS REALLY DEMAND THE AUDIENCE JUST SHUT UP AND WATCH?

Pete Davidson recently asked attendees at his Nov. 27 comedy show to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that included the threat of a US$1-million fine, plus legal and attorney fees,

In this March 14, 2015, file photo, Pete Davidson speaks at a Comedy Central Roast at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

TORONTO — Fans, lawyers and entertainment industry veterans are weighing in whether comedians should be legally able to make fans sign a contract not to talk about their jokes or performances — under threat of a US$1M fine.

That was the stipulation from ‘Saturday Night Live’ comedian Pete Davidson, who recently asked attendees at his Nov. 27 comedy show to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that included the threat of a US$1-million fine, plus legal and attorney fees, if they violate any of its terms.

His request went viral after attendee Stacy Young, who went to the show at Sydney Goldstein Theater in San Francisco, shared screenshots of the agreement on Facebook.

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