Pete Davidson has appeared in a number of comedy shows and films, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Trainwreck, per IMBd. In fact, he told Seth Meyers on “Late Night” (via Vulture) that “Trainwreck” brought the comedian into the audition room for “Saturday Night Live.” But over time, Davidson felt he’d outgrown Saturday Night Live and announced his departure at the end of last season.
“When I got the show I was 20 years old and I had no idea what I was doing,” Davidson said in a statement posted to Instagram by his friend Dave Sirus on May 21. “I figured since I’m a standup I’m just going to try my standup and personal stuff at the weekend update as myself and I’m so glad I did… Thanks for giving me life.” taught you how to grow up and gave me memories that will last a lifetime…SNL is my home.”
According to Life & Style, Davidson spoke publicly about potentially leaving “Saturday Night Live” in 2020 and has been spreading rumors ever since. The stand-up comedian became more eclectic in his comedy with Saturday Night Live as he participated in more sketches and tried out impressions of variety. As he bids farewell to the comedy television show, he hopes he can break away from a certain stereotype.
Pete Davidson is fed up with being portrayed as stupid
For eight years, “Saturday Night Live” fans saw Pete Davidson in small plays, mostly playing himself in the “Weekend Updates” segments by Colin Jost and Michael Che. However, he also appeared in a series of sketches reprising his role as Chad, who is characterized as a clueless — some might even say dopey — guy that Davidson wants to branch off from.
“I have no idea what the hell is ever going on,” Davidson said July 14 on Kevin Hart’s Hart to Heart show. “I feel like I found some kind of playing field where it became my thing, but now I feel like I’m out of place… I do other shows, you come in and they have stuff for.” wrote you, and all the dialogue is like, ‘I’m a big f*** *ing idiot!'”
According to Fansideed, the comedian has projects planned while leaving Saturday Night Live. Returning to his roots, he released a stand-up comedy show on Netflix called Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends. He’s also working on a Peacock series called Bupkis, in which Davidson will play “a fictionalized version” of himself alongside The Sopranos star Edie Falco, according to Deadline. “Finally I can play an overwhelmed mother of two living in a world of corruption,” said Falco, referring to her role as Carmela Soprano. “But this time it’s Staten Island.”