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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:47PM EST
Pete Davidson may be the most unlikely star player in SNL history
Davidson is one of the most unique cast members in Saturday Night Live history because while he's become its most talked-about player, he's not very good on the show, says Eric Harvey. "He can’t do impressions, his attempts at Digital Shorts are weak tea compared to the (admittedly high) standards set by Lonely Island, and the closest he’s come to a breakout character is his monosyllabic pool-boy homewrecker," says Harvey. "He does play a solid sideman—word to Uncle Butt—and makes his mark as a frequent in-sketch breaker." Even Davidson has admitted his SNL shortcomings, telling Variety: “I’m not good at sketch comedy. I don’t know how to do that, or write it.” "In spite of all this, he’s taken over Season 44 because of 'Weekend Update,'" says Harvey. "While last season’s SNL energy was focused on the show’s Trump-themed cold opens, this year has thus far revolved around the personal life of the show’s coolest cast member," thanks to his engagement to Ariana Grande over the summer and his more recent Dan Crenshaw controversy. Harvey notes that SNL cast members rarely become bigger than the show. And when they do, they usually leave. "All this means that for much of this season, the show—and maybe more importantly in 2018, the post-show coverage—has revolved around Pete Davidson," says Harvey. "And not Pete Davidson, the sketch performer: Pete Davidson, the persona. It’s hard to predict where Davidson might go from here; maybe by the end of the season, Davidson will join Eddie Murphy as the only current cast members to host Saturday Night Live."
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Posted Tuesday 11/13/18 at 10:03AM EST
SNL feels more bipartisan following the midterms
Source: The Ringer
"For a show that’s sprinted full-tilt into liberal poster child status through nearly two years, SNL’s first post-election episode had a strange unifying theme: bipartisanship," says Alison Herman, pointing to Liev Schreiber's patriotic monologue and U.S. Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw's surprise appearance on "Weekend Update." Yet she wonders if Saturday Night Live went too far with Pete Davidson's apology, considering Crenshaw's hard-right polarizing views. "With relatively sharp 'Weekend Update' jokes on the one side and the Crenshaw gambit on the other, SNL still tries to straddle the line between unifying entertainer and unabashed dart thrower," says Herman. "Davidson’s faux pas, followed by Davidson’s overcorrection, epitomizes the pitfalls of such waffling. Doubling down on the remark doubtless wouldn’t have been a good look; nor would shying away from the Republican Party to begin with. But this fruitless middle path was unflattering in a way that felt particular to SNL’s chronic identity split."
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- "Making fun of a wounded soldier’s disability is terrible. So is polishing the public image of a partisan ideologue"
Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 2:39PM EST
Dan Crenshaw was initially hesitant to make an SNL "Weekend Update" cameo, but became excited to "pitch a bunch of comedy ideas"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"We were hesitant at first, we weren’t sure what the skit was going to look like," the recently elected U.S. representative from Texas said on the Today show. "But in the end, we decided to do it because what better platform than to give a united message for the country, talk about forgiveness and then talk about veterans?" Crenshaw, an Afghanistan War vet who was the target of Pete Davidson's joke about him losing his right eye in combat, said that the process was collaborative, and they let him do the serious part at the end of his "Weekend Update" cameo. “They come up with the framework, I have a bunch of ideas," he said. "It’s not all (that) often that I get to pitch a bunch of comedy ideas to one of the biggest shows in the world, so the Good Idea Fairy was all over the place." He added: "It felt good and it felt like the right thing to do. I would appreciate if everybody would stop looking for reasons to be offended and that's what this was all about."
Posted Monday 11/12/18 at 10:33AM EST
How rare was Pete Davidson's SNL apology to Dan Crenshaw?
Source: The Washington Post
Apologies from Lorne Michaels and his crew are exceedingly rare. And when they usually happen, they are half-apologies, like when Sinead O'Connor tore a photo of Pope John Paul II in 1992. Or when Larry David joked about dating in concentration camps in 2017.
Posted Sunday 11/11/18 at 4:43AM EST
SNL brought on Dan Crenshaw so Pete Davidson could apologize for mocking his war injury
Source: The Daily Beast
The former Navy SEAL and recently elected U.S. representative, who lost his right eye to an IED attack in Afghanistan, made a surprise appearance on "Weekend Update" to receive Davidson's apology -- and to roast him. “In what I'm sure was a huge shock for people who know me, I made a poor choice last week,” Davidson said before Crenshaw appeared. “I made a joke about Lieutenant Commander Dan Crenshaw, and on behalf of the show and myself, I apologize.” When Crenshaw appeared, Davidson said: “I mean this from the bottom of my heart. It was a poor choice of words. The man is a war hero and he deserves all of the respect in the world. And if any good came of this, maybe it was that for one day the left and the right finally came together to agree on something: that I'm a d*ck.” Crenshaw responded with "apology accepted," and then his phone started playing an Ariana Grande song. “Oh, do you know her?” Crenshaw joked. After a few more roast jokes, Crenshaw became serious, in honor of Veteran's Day said "there's a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and the right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another." Crenshaw also acknowledged Davidson's father, Scott Davidson, a firefighter who was killed in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. “And never forget those we lost on 9/11, heroes like Pete's father,” Crenshaw added. “So I’ll just say, Pete, never forget.”
Posted Wednesday 11/07/18 at 9:55AM EST
Former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw jokes about Pete Davidson's SNL controversy after winning his Congressional race
Source: The New York Times
The Republican thanked his supporters, including the man who convinced him to run. "He's upset because the recent Saturday Night Live controversy has resulted in me having more Twitter followers than (him)," joked Crenshaw, who lost his right eye while serving in Afghanistan.
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 4:37PM EST
Kenan Thompson says SNL is "figuring out a way to right that wrong" after Pete Davidson dissed injured war veteran Dan Crenshaw
Source: ABC News
"Pete's a good kid," Thompson said this morning on The View. "He has a big heart. He has tragedy in his life with his father passing on 9/11 being a firefighter. I don't think he goes out to offend people, but unfortunately, that's what happened in this case so they're figuring out a way to right that wrong. It's not our intention to disrespect anyone."
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 9:44PM EST
Republican candidate Dan Crenshaw calls on SNL to donate $1 million in response to Pete Davidson mocking his war injury
Source: The Washington Post
The former Navy SEAL and current Republican Congressional candidate, who lost his right eye in Afghanistan, spoke about Davidson's "Weekend Update" diss today on CNN. “I think what him and maybe the producers at SNL should do is pool their money together, let’s throw a figure out there — a million dollars — and we will donate that to a series of veterans nonprofits that helps veterans. There’s a lot of great organizations out there," Crenshaw said. "There’s a lot of veterans that really need help, and frankly, this kind of thing is offensive to them.” Meanwhile, Sean Hannity called the SNL staff "jackasses" for allowing the Crenshaw bit to air. “All of you on Saturday Night Live can go straight to hell over this,” Hannity said on his Fox News show. “You owe this man a profuse apology… What jackasses.”
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 1:37PM EST
Kenan Thompson says fellow SNL cast member Pete Davidson "missed the mark" with wounded veteran joke
Source: E! Online
"My father is a veteran—you know, Vietnam—and I personally would never necessarily go there," Thompson said of Davidson's "Weekend Update" joke made at the expense of Republican Congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw. "But it's tough when you're fishing for jokes. Like, that's how stand-ups feel. Like, there's no real filters out there when they're trying to go for a great joke or whatever. We try to respect that. But, at the same time, when you miss the mark, you're offending people. So, you have to kind of like be a little more aware, in my opinion."
Posted Monday 11/05/18 at 7:37AM EST
SNL's Pete Davidson called out for mocking a Republican congressional candidate who lost an eye serving in Afghanistan
"This guy’s kind of cool: Dan Crenshaw," Davidson said on his "Weekend Update" segment. "You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas, and not a hitman in a porno movie. I’m sorry, I know he lost his eye in war or whatever. Whatever!" The National Republican Congressional Committee responded to the joke by demanding an apology while mocking Davidson's recent breakup with Ariana Grade. "Getting dumped by your pop star girlfriend is no excuse for lashing out at a decorated war hero who lost his eye serving our country," NRCC spokesperson Jack Pandol said in a statement. "Pete Davidson and NBC should immediately apologize to Dan, and to the millions of veterans and military families who tune in every week—because they’re not laughing." Meanwhile, TMZ spoke to Crenshaw, who said he wasn't looking for an apology. In a tweet, he added: "Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended. That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes."
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
SNL reportedly dropped plans for Pete Davidson to mock his Ariana Grande breakup
TMZ reports that Davidson discussed dropping a planned skit and got Lorne Michaels' approval because he and Grande have an agreement to stay silent. TMZ adds that yesterday's promo, making fun of their split, was "already in the works, and it was too late to pull it."
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 3:01PM EDT
How much time will SNL devote this week to the Pete Davidson-Ariana Grande breakup?
Source: The Washington Post
Davidson and Grande called it quits shortly after the last Saturday Night Live episode three weeks ago. Davidson has since had to use other forums to address the breakup. Since their relationship was a big part of the season premiere, a lot of jokes at Davidson's expense should be expected -- as hinted by the promo released last night.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Ariana Grande calls out Pete Davidson for joking about proposing in SNL's new promo
In Jonah Hill's final Saturday Night Live promo for the week, Davidson attempted to propose to musical guest Maggie Rogers, joking he's gone "0 for 3." His ex Grande later tweeted then deleted an apparent clapback: "For somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh," she wrote in one tweet, adding in another, "thank u, next."
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:35PM EDT
SNL's Chris Redd nailed his impression of Kanye West
Source: The Root
Saturday Night Live's cold open mocking Kanye West's Oval Office meeting with President Trump wasn't great, but Redd's Kanye impression was. "For someone like Kanye, who’s been a public figure for almost two decades now—and possesses a voice and mannerisms as distinct as his—I assumed I’d be able to jump on YouTube and find dozens of decent to uncanny impersonations of him. Yet the best I could find was from Jay Pharoah and Jamie Foxx, and they’re both kinda meh," says Damon Young. "Granted, I didn’t look very hard. But that’s the point. I shouldn’t have to. Redd, however, nails it. He has Kanye’s mannerisms down. He has Kanye’s conveniently disappearing Chicago accent down. He has the distinct way Kanye’s voice vacillates from a growl to this unnamed thing that always cracks a bit more than you expect it to. (It sometimes reminds me of firewood kindling.) He even gets Kanye’s unique volume right, which is set to 'guy who just gave a speech but doesn’t realize his mic is still on.'"
Posted Monday 10/15/18 at 9:45AM EDT
Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande break up after five months: Why their relationship became an internet obsession
Source: The Washington Post
The SNL comedian the pop-star's breakup comes weeks after they appeared together on the MTV VMAs and following a Saturday Night Live season premiere that spent a lot of time on their romance. "As 'Grandson' became a pop culture phenomenon, they managed to stay self-aware," says Emily Yahr. "Grande bantered back and forth with fans on Twitter, while Davidson was unusually candid as he grappled with his journey from SNL cast member to media obsession," especially in a profile for GQ.