For the past few months now, there’s been controversy over venues and tour promoters requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests in order to gain entry into the show. In addition to the two largest concert promoters in the country making the mandate, we’ve also seen a lot of artists support the decision and even require it for their own events. Others have also been against the mandates entirely and refuse to perform in venues that require it. However, this is the first instance we’re aware of hearing that an artist has canceled dates because the venues won’t allow proof of vaccination.
Patton Oswalt took to Instagram today to announce that he won’t be performing his previously scheduled shows in Florida where he had four shows set for December all throughout the state, and and Salt Lake City for a show set for February in 2022. Oswalt’s decision was because the venues in those markets would not allow him to make his shows vaccine only or negative COVID test shows as requested.
Oswalt stated “This difficult decision was made due to the rising numbers of COVID cases. And also because I have an ego, but my ego is not big enough to think that people should die to hear my stupid comedy.” Oswalt says it’s his hope to be able to rebook those dates in the future.