Comedian Trevor Noah has cancelled shows in Bengaluru at the last minute after fans were unable to hear his warm-up act from the stage.
BookMyShow confirmed that the two Off The Record Tour dates at the Manpho Convention Centre were off in a social media post issued after Noah was actually due on stage on Wednesday evening. Noah was also due to perform at the same venue tonight (Thursday) as part of the seven-date, three-city Indian leg of his world tour.
South African star Noah, the presenter of US TV’s The Daily Show, apologised to fans via social media and blamed “technical issues”.
He added: “We tried everything but because the audience can’t hear the comedians on stage there’s literally no way to do a show. We’ll make sure all ticket holders receive a full refund and again I’m so sorry for both the inconvenience and disappointment this has never happened to us before.”
Many fans shared their experiences on social media, with Ashok Karanth describing the venue as “a glorified Amazon warehouse”.
He added: “It’s a comedy show – nothing to see on stage, as long as we can hear, we should be good. Ha, little did we know. The opening act came on stage – he apparently said some stuff – but we couldn’t hear a thing. Indigo pilot announcements are more audible than this.”
BookMyShow, which promised full refunds, said: “We deeply regret this experience that our valuable customers faced and hope to be able to bring Trevor back to this amazing city at the earliest.”
Noah played three dates in New Delhi last week and is scheduled to appear twice in Mumbai over the weekend. The tour also features dates in North America, Europe and South Africa.