Fans really want to hear from Chris Rock—so much so that tickets for his first stand-up show following that Oscars slap sold out, and when he arrived onstage Wednesday, the audience gave him a standing ovation.
“Whoa, okay!” the comedian exclaimed upon seeing the excited crowd at Boston’s Wilbur Theater. The standing ovation, from an audience of about 1,000 people, continued on for nearly two minutes, per Variety, until Rock said with a laugh, “Yo, let me do the show!”
“How was your weekend?” the star began, giving the crowd a wink. “I don’t have a bunch of shit about what happened, so if you came to hear that, I have a whole show I wrote before this weekend. I’m still kind of processing what happened. So, at some point I’ll talk about that shit. And it will be serious and funny.”
The crowd laughed and cheered loudly, and per a voice recording from the show shared on social media, an attendee shouted, “F**k Will Smith!” which Rock ignored.
“I’m going to tell some jokes,” he said. “It’s nice to just be out.”
Dressed in an all-white ensemble, Rock then dove into his hour-long show.
The comedian has remained noticeably quiet about the Oscars incident, where Will Smith, offended by Rock’s G.I. Jane joke about Jada Pinkett Smith, walked up to the stage and slapped him.
Smith himself apologized for his actions during his Best Actor Award acceptance speech, and then specifically to Rock, in a statement shared on Instagram. Wife Pinkett Smith also seemingly broke her silence on the event, with a quote posted on Instagram that read, “This is a season for healing and I’m here for it.”
Also, it seems every person at the awards show and in Hollywood has offered an opinion on the slap, with many condemning the King Richard star’s act of violence. Even the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement that it’s thinking about suspending or even expelling Smith from the Oscars, and revealed that he was asked to leave the ceremony following the assault but refused.
Still, Rock has decided not to press charges against the actor, and at least for now, he’s staying mum.
This article originally appeared in Harper’s BAZAAR US