This week on Saturday Night time Dwell, Pete Davidson got here full circle. Simply two years after departing the sketch sequence, Davidson returned to host the sequence and took the chance to look inward. It’s a little bit of a development for the actor, although this time the therapeutic comedy got here within the type of Pete Davidson-themed parody of Ryan Gosling’s “I’m Simply Ken” from Barbie.
Pete Davidson, attention-grabbing man. The comic joined Saturday Night time Dwell in 2014, changing into the primary forged member born within the 1990s and one of many youngest ever. Being the brand new child on the block with out a lot to say or many sketch characters in his again pocket was the continued joke. Turned out he had a lot on his thoughts: All through his run on SNL, Davidson has explored the affect of shedding his father on 9/11, his battle with Crohn’s illness, his drug use, his rehab stints, and his bipolar dysfunction prognosis. That type of airing of emotional laudnry mixed with a run of high-profile relationships — from Ariana Grande to Kate Beckinsale to Kim Kardashian — made him a #1 gossip rag goal. How a lot fame wound up warping what was already a part of his being is one thing solely Davidson is aware of, however in recent times, he’s processed his odd life by way of his work, on Saturday Night time Dwell, the function movie The King of Staten Island, and most just lately on Peacock’s Bupkis. Pete Davidson, attention-grabbing man.
On the season 49 premiere of SNL, Davidson dug in as soon as once more. “I’m Simply Pete” scrutinizes the media obsession with Davidson, his ongoing psychological well being struggles, and his personal anxieties about physique picture. As he places it: “Anybody else, I might be a 3 / However I assume I’m not for dudes in comedy / Cuz it’s… an unsightly trade” Davidson was joined within the musical manufacturing by Weekend Replace Pete (Mikey Day), Met Gala Pete (Bowen Yang), and Black Pete (Devon Walker, who completely kills his response of “It’s simply Black Pete then? All proper”). Whereas SNL could be a number of months late to the Barbie craze, “I’m Simply Pete” is a considerably spectacular recreation of the film’s large dance sequence and for somebody could possibly be scraping the barrel of his personal memoir comedy, one other jab from Davidson at a media machine that may’t cease obsessing over him.
And other people actually ought to watch Bupkis, c’mon.
Saturday Night time Dwell returns at a heated second, as negotiations between SAG-AFTRA, which has been on strike since July, and AMPTP melted down earlier this week. Although the WGA just lately settled the screenwriters’ contract, the actors union stays on strike, leaving Hollywood closed till additional discover. However the forged and weekly gamers concerned with SNL are technically out of the dialog.
“Our members showing on Saturday Night time Dwell both as hosts, friends, or forged members are working below the Community Code settlement, which isn’t a contract we’re putting. They aren’t in violation of SAG-AFTRA strike guidelines, and we assist them in fulfilling their contractual obligations,” the union stated in a current assertion.
This makes Saturday Night time Dwell not only a absolutely operational legacy program for community tv however a uncommon place for high-profile expertise to make a splash throughout a promotional useless zone. Whereas Davidson returned to the premiere after being bumped earlier this 12 months when the WGA strikes went into impact, it’s attainable SNL would possibly recruit a few of its largest host lineup in years, as Hollywood figures out how one can marketing campaign throughout Oscar season with out actors. Within the meantime, now we have “I’m Simply Pete,” a protected however efficient sketch from an old-but-still-young veteran.