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"Alive from New York" Pete Davidson

by Joe Tomlinson - Campus Talk
Wed, Mar 4th 2020 02:00 pm

Pete Davidson is a 26-year-old American comedian and actor from Staten Island, New York, who recently released his second comedy special on Netflix titled “Alive from New York.” 

The special is the latest saga in the young jokesters short but bright career in both comedy, TV and movies. At the age of 20, Davidson joined the cast of the illustrious comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) before the premire of the 40th season. He was the first cast member on the show to be born in the ‘90s and is still featured prominently on the show six years later. 

Davidson attracted the spotlight in 2018 after dating pop star Ariana Grande then splitting apart following a tumultuous relationship that did not move past engagement. In his latest special, Davidson takes the time to clear the air and address all of these issues and many more over 49 minutes. 

The special starts off with a story about when Louis C.K. hosted SNL and Davidson was still new to the show. He recounted how mortified he was when the more experienced comedian, who Davidson admits he looked up to at the time, called him out for being high and “smoking his career away.” According to Davidson, Louis C.K. then went to the office of SNL boss Lorne Michaels and complained about Davidsons marijuana habit directly. When Michaels later called Davidson in for a meeting, he thought he was going to be fired, a process that he jokingly claims takes place after every season of the show. 

Around the middle of the special, Davidson spilled the details on one of his jokes that caused the most public outcry. In 2018, Davidson received backlash for a joke he made about Republican congressional candidate Dan Crenshaw. 

“You may be surprised to hear he’s a congressional candidate from Texas,” Davidson said, “and not a hit man in a porno movie.”  

He recounted how he had no knowledge of how Crenshaw lost his eye until right before going on set. Within the special, Davidson shares how he never really regretted his words and that he was subsequently forced to give an apology.

Perhaps the biggest issue Davidson took head on in his special was his infamous relationship with Grande. After she admitted in a summer 2019 interview with Vogue that her relationship with Davidson was a “distraction,” he finally relayed his side of the story. “Can you imagine if I did that?” Davidson questioned. “My career would be over tomorrow. If I spray-painted myself brown and hopped on the cover of Vogue magazine and just started s------ on my ex?” Yet, throughout the bit he maintains a jovial tone, insisting that “this isn’t like a Drake vs. Lil Wayne concert, like this isn’t like a competition, you know? She has her songs and stuff and this is what I have, OK?”

What I like most about Davidson’s latest special is his unique brand of self-deprecating humor. He is the first to point out personal flaws and recounts his pathetic nature in a way that forms a strong, laugh-inducing connection with his audience.

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