Being in a wheelchair due to a publicized injury didn’t stop Kevin Hart from his standup duties. Hart headlined a sold-out show at the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival at Stanley Park in Vancouver in western Canada on Sept. 16. And while he still took to the stage despite his current physical condition, fans seemed to have found they could have done without this particular performance, as some are demanding refunds for the 20-minute show.
Hart shared the stage with hosts Katie Westman, DJ O Show, and fellow comedians Na’im Lynn and Will “Spank” Horton.
According to Daily Hive, Western Canada’s largest online-only publication, fans who paid hundreds of dollars and waited for hours felt let down by what they complained was the comedian’s lack of professionalism.
Fans Not Happy
Natalie Boardman, who said she spent $211.84 on two tickets, including processing and venue fees, told Daily Hive she left disappointed.
Another festival attendee emailed Daily Hive, showing proof of paying $618 for two VIP tickets. That person claimed it was “fully misrepresented as a festival when it amounted to one hour of comedy.”
The tickets were $498, with $64.74 in tax, $35.34 for processing fees, and $20 for a facility fee.
To the disappointment of attendees, some people reportedly waited from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. to see Hart on stage, and expressed that the sound quality needed improvement.
“Worst show ever,” someone posted on Instagram.
Sorry, No Refunds
Some upset fans contacted the Great Outdoors Comedy Festival about a refund and got this response: “We are sorry the experience didn’t meet your expectations, we are taking note on this and always looking for ways to improve for the future. Unfortunately, there are no refunds,” Daily Hive reported.
In 2022, Hart made a return to stand-up comedy with his first major tour in over four years, “The Reality Check Tour,” produced by Live Nation, following his success with box-office hits.
The Reality Check Tour was especially significant as it included remaining tour dates that extended into Canada, with the last show scheduled for April 18, 2023, at the Avenir Centre in Moncton.
The ticket prices for “The Reality Check Tour” start as low as $70, depending on the state where attendees make their bookings, The New York Post reported.
The comedian has been on the news recently, not for his latest projects, but because of his antics like tearing his lower abdomen and adductor while racing a former NFL running back, Stevan Ridley, The Los Angeles Times reported.