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US Comedian Chris Rock Is Banning Phones On His Australian Tour

Talk about a total blackout.

16/03/2017 10:24 AM AEDT | Updated 16/03/2017 1:20 PM AEDT

American funny guy Chris Rock is making his way Down Under, and he's taking a stand against mobile phones.

The Grammy and Emmy award-winning comedian and actor announced on Thursday that he's heading back to Australia for the first time in nine years.

He'll be performing a string of stand-up shows in June as part of his 'Total Blackout' tour that kicked off in the United States last month -- to apt reviews.

And he means blackout. As the jokes pile in, your phone, camera (and any other sneaky recording device) will be securely fastened in a special pouch that can be unlocked at the end of the show.

They're called Yondr pouches, and whilst they have become popular in the U.S., Rock is one of the first major acts to take advantage of the technology in Australia.

Rock began doing the rounds in the New York stand-up scene back in the 1980s. Since then, you will have seen him in regular stints with Saturday Night Live, on centre stage at the Oscars, and in blockbusters such as Madagascar, Grown Ups and Shrek.

This will be Rock's second tour of Australia. According to U.S. reviews, we can expect a deeply personal and "compelling" routine, featuring his regrets over infidelity, police brutality and -- of course -- Donald Trump.

Rock's return to stand-up will see him pick up a lofty sum for a pair of Netflix specials on his global tour.

Chris Rock will first hit Perth on June 23, 2017. Tickets go on sale at midday on Friday March 24.

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