Florida and Utah venues wouldn’t comply with Oswalt’s requests.
Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt is scheduled to tour the United States as part of his “Patton Oswalt Live: Who’s Ready To Laugh?” tour later this year. However, in the interest of COVID-19 pandemic safety, Oswalt has requested that all venues on the tour only permit entrance to audience members that can provide either proof of a full vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test.
“The good news is we’re keeping everyone who comes to these shows safe and healthy because the numbers are going up,” Oswalt said on his Instagram. “Now the bad news, of course, is there are five venues on the tour that are not complying with this.”
The five venues that refused to acquiesce with Oswalt’s request are in Florida and Salt Lake City, Utah. Florida prohibits the use of vaccine information mandates through the entire state, while the Salt Lake City venue at the University of Utah can’t extend requirements beyond its own students. As such, in the interest of his health, his family’s health, and his audience’s health, Oswalt has decided to cancel his shows at these venues.
“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 said. “So hopefully, hopefully, in the future we can rebook those when sanity holds sway again. But this sucks, I was really looking forward to Florida, to Salt Lake City.”