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Posted Tuesday 8/28/18 at 7:36PM EDT
Pete Davidson recalls his "nightmare" SNL audition to play President Trump
Turns out Saturday Night Live had all of its male cast members audition to become the new Donald Trump before picking Alec Baldwin. “It was bad,” he tells Variety. “First of all, I’m 10 pounds, so I looked insane. They made us all get dressed up and tanned up. I sounded like Thunderlips from ‘Rocky III.’” He adds. “It was a nightmare. If I could get my hands on this tape, it’s embarrassing as f*ck.” Davidson admits it is on "Weekend Update" that he has found his voice. “I’ll rant, and I listen to it and pick the best chunks,” he says. “They’ll be like, ‘Cool, use that.’"
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Lorne Michaels on SNL's Pete Davidson: "I think the audience that he's talking to kind of relies on him"
The Saturday Night Live honcho explains why he hired Davidson in 2014 when he wasn't oldest enough to legally drink: "He has enormous charm on camera and audiences connect to him, and there's an honesty to him," he said in a GQ profile of Davidson. Michaels admitted he thought Davidson was too young, but "we've certainly made it work, and as we tend to say, I think he's the real thing." Meanwhile, Davidson thinks he's only being profiled by GQ because of his engagement to Ariana Grande: "It's all bullsh*t. GQ wouldn't hit me up if I didn't recently get engaged to a super-famous person," he said.
Posted Friday 7/06/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Dating Ariana Grande has made Pete Davidson more famous -- and more scrutinized over his old jokes
Source: The Washington Post
The SNL star made headlines this week when a Manchester bombing joke that he told last fall surfaced. Grande had to defend her fiancé while denouncing the joke as not funny. As Elahe Izadi points out, "sudden and increased fame for a comic also can mean that a spotlight is shone on their old material. After Trevor Noah got tapped to take over for Jon Stewart at The Daily Show, Twitter users easily surfaced some of his old tweets, deeming the jokes as lazy, offensive or lame."
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
Pete Davidson confirms Ariana Grande engagement to Jimmy Fallon: “I feel like I won a contest, so sick"
“It’s f*cking lit, Jimmy. It’s so lit," the SNL star said on The Tonight Show, adding: “Some dude goes up to me and says, ‘Yo man, you gave me hope,’ I was like I didn’t know I was that ugly."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 7:04PM EDT
Leslie Jones hopes SNL cuts down on the "political stuff" next season
“I hope next year we can do more funnier stuff instead of a lot of political stuff this year, which we had to,” Jones said in an interview with The Wrap. “There was so much stuff that was happening, there was no way that our show, with the responsibility that we have, would not to cover that stuff. It was just too important. But I do hope that next year will be a lot more funny-funny based stuff, more comedy based stuff instead of a lot of political stuff.” Jones added that comedy can't "always be serious. You need The Three Stooges just as much as you need John Oliver.” Jones also expressed frustration that longtime cast member Kenan Thompson isn't more appreciated. “People are not really realizing how much of a foundation he is to the cast," she said. "Most of the stuff that you see him in that works, it works because of him. He’s the glue to all of it. It’s very infuriating to see people not notice that.” ALSO: SNL's Pete Davidson paid $93,000 for the engagement ring he gave Ariana Grande.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's engagement has raised questions about their different levels of fame
"Ariana Grande is a Top 40 staple with a trio of Grammy nominations and three platinum albums," says Inkoo Kang. "She’s arguably one of the five biggest pop acts working right now. Pete Davidson has been on SNL for the last four years, but probably wouldn’t even crack a top 5 list among that show’s cast. Davidson’s no slouch: He was hired by Lorne Michaels at age 20, making him one of the show’s youngest cast members ever. But Grande and Davidson’s disparate levels of fame and accomplishment have made the couple Exhibit A in discussions about how differently humor is seen as a sexually desirable trait across genders." ALSO: Pete Davidson covers up his tattoo of ex-girlfriend Cazzie David's face.
Posted Monday 6/11/18 at 9:19PM EDT
SNL's Pete Davidson gets engaged to Ariana Grande after a few weeks of dating
Here's a timeline of their brief courtship: On May 12, Grande was spotted at an SNL after-party with a cell-phone case that looked like one that Davidson has. Less than one month later, the couple is engaged.
Posted Wednesday 5/30/18 at 2:14PM EDT
Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande confirm their relationship on Instagram
The SNL star and former SNL musical guest made their relationship "Intagram-official" by posing today in Harry Potter outfits.
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Pete Davidson responds to internet commenters saying he shouldn't be in a relationship with Ariana Grande because of his mental illness
"I just think it’s f*cked up to stigmatize people as crazy and say that they are unable to do stuff that anyone can do. It’s not their fault and it’s the wrong way for people to look at things," the SNL star wrote in a lengthy message posted to social media.
Posted Tuesday 5/22/18 at 6:12AM EDT
SNL's celebrity cameo-filled 43rd season highlights the problem of having few cast members who are stars
Source: The Atlantic
"Since the departure of its prior core group of stars (the last of whom, Seth Meyers, departed midway through Season 39), SNL has struggled to build a major identity around its newer ensemble," says David Simms. "(Kate) McKinnon, the show’s one bona-fide star, and Kenan Thompson, its longest-running cast member, are two hall-of-famers. Everyone else is a mix of solid but unspectacular performers, some of whom (like Aidy Bryant and Cecily Strong) have been with the show for six years without ever quite making it their own." Simms notes that Saturday Night Live is doing fine, ratings-wise. But, he adds, "beyond the growing staleness of its Trump material, SNL struggled to really address some of the biggest news stories of the year, especially the #MeToo movement." The one standout episode was the one hosted by Donald Glover, he says. "There’s a lesson to be learned from Glover’s episode: Its distinctiveness is what made it work, and helped so many of its sketches travel online in the days following," says Simms." More often than not, SNL succeeds when its cast members and writers build up recognizable brands of humor that can recur throughout the show. That’s never been true for much of SNL’s current cast, partly because they’re not given enough air time to define themselves onscreen, and some of the longer-serving veterans may have missed their chance to do so entirely. It’s a problem the show knows that it has—and a mistake it should steer clear of when it begins its next rebuild around newer stars."
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Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 11:25PM EDT
Pete Davidson: Donald Trump faked a phone call during an SNL table read
"He was, like, weird all week,” Davidson recalled of Trump hosting Saturday Night Live in November 2015. He said during the table read, Trump picked up the phone and started talking without it ringing. “He was like, ‘Hello.’ He goes, ‘Fantastic. OK great.’ And then he hung up and he goes, ‘Hey, everybody! My book just went No. 1!’ I swear on my life,” Davidson said.
Posted Wednesday 5/16/18 at 5:46PM EDT
SNL's Pete Davidson and Larry David's daughter Cazzie David have split after two years of dating
Source: Us Weekly
Cazzie David first met Davidson when her dad hosted SNL in February 2016 during a season in which he recurred as Bernie Sanders. They started dating three months later. “I met Pete when my dad hosted Saturday Night Live," she told W magazine last year. "SNL has literally set up so many couples. There are millions of couples that met at SNL. Well, not millions." Davidson cryptically apologized to Cazzie on his Instagram Story in February.
Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 1:47PM EDT
SNL's Pete Davidson gets the Queer Eye treatment from Tan France
"I thought I was dressing well but it's so nice to know I'm kinda dressing like sh*t," Davidson says on the SNL web extra video.
Posted Wednesday 3/14/18 at 6:35PM EDT
SNL continues its elaborate promo trend with Bill Hader
Watch Chris Redd and Pete Davidson make the Saturday Night Live alum uncomfortable by rapping about how he is their comedy god/new dad.
Posted Saturday 3/03/18 at 1:25AM EST
SNL stars Pete Davidson and Chris Redd released a Trump-mocking parody of Drake's "God's Plan"
The two comedians opted to upload their "NSFW" parody song Don's Plan outside the Saturday Night Live bubble. ALSO: Meet Julio Torres, the SNL writer from El Salvador.