Comic Says It Will Cancel Royal Oak Music Theater Show Over Vax Rules

Comedian and actor Jim Breuer has said on social media that he will be canceling two shows on his upcoming fall tour due to venue rules regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements.

“The Wellmont Theatre, New Jersey … doesn’t. Also the Royal Oak Theater in Michigan, due to their segregation requiring people to show up with vaccines, prove you are vaccinated, prove you have I had a chance. I don’t do these shows at all.

The Royal Oak Music Theater is owned by AEG, which announced last month that event-goers must provide proof of vaccination to attend concerts and performances at their venues and festivals. It is the second-largest concert promoter in the country behind Live Nation, which followed with similar protocols days later. Performers, crew and attendees of Live Nation shows must provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.

AEG’s new policy is set to go into effect Oct. 1, the same day as Breuer’s scheduled concert.

“I know I’m going to sacrifice a lot of money, but I’m not going to be enslaved by this system or by money and neither should anyone who wants to laugh or be entertained,” Breuer said on his live stream on Facebook Friday. Morning. “I don’t care if you’re vaccinated…it’s great. It’s a choice, and if you have anything else to say, honestly, I don’t care.

“I have to stick to my morals, I have to stick to what I know is fair as a human to another human when you have to be coerced, bribed, dictated…which is basically what happens. past.”

He says promoters like Live Nation and AEG are “holding all artists hostage.”

“They do what they have to do, what they feel they have to do, but I tell you, the Royal Oak Theatre, I love this theatre, I don’t.”

Breuer tours regularly as a stand-up comedian and is perhaps best known as a cast member of “Saturday Night Live” from 1995 to 1998 and for his role in Dave Chappelle’s 1998 stoner comedy “Half baked”.

Tickets for the October 1 show are still on sale on the Royal Oak Music Theater website. The Detroit News has reached out to representatives for the sites for comment.

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