Pete Davidson Talks About Why He Didn’t Think He Lasted Very Long on SNL


Pete Davidson ended an impressive eight-year stint on NBC’s classic comedy show “Saturday Night Live” in May, stepping away from funny rap videos and “Weekend Update” appearances to focus more on his post-SNL projects (and probably his relationship with Kim Kardashian). Because of the historically hectic sketch comedy schedule, it’s rare to see actors stay on the show as long as Davidson, which makes it especially funny that when he started, he thought he’d be fired in a year.

The “King of Staten Island” star walked through the door of the “Saturday Night Live” show after a brief appearance in Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” with longtime actor Bill Hader. While Pete Davidson had some experience in comedy and stand-up, the 20-year-old didn’t play characters or have sketches that other actors brought to the table. He told Kevin Hart on “Heart to Heart” that Lorne Michaels was working with him on how he could fit into the show, but at the time he was sure he wouldn’t last long. According to Davidson:

But we didn’t really know because I only had stand-ups and I really couldn’t play characters or anything like that. So at first I was like, oh, fuck! I’ll be here for a year, I’ll get fired, but I still have to do it, and I’ll have this credit, and I’ll be able to write for any Cartoon Network show or whatever. Like, at least I’ll be able to work.

Since he didn’t join SNL as easily as other actors — especially in a series so famous for its sketches (such as the greats in season 47) and impressions – Pete Davidson thought he had no chance of staying for a long time. No one could blame the Bodies Bodies Bodies actor for trying, because, as he noted, “Saturday Night Live” is an impressive merit, even if he only had a year.

As a result, he got much more than that, and even worked his way up to impressions, including a memorable sketch in 2021 in which he posed as guest host Rami Malek, as he was played by the actor “It’s Not Time to Die.” And no one will soon forget his successful sketch as Aladdin for Jasmine Kim Kardashian.

Now that he’s gone — of his own volition, and not because of dismissal, as he feared earlier – Pete Davidson explores different genres, from the romantic comedy “Meet Honey” with Kaley Cuoco to the horror thriller “House” and seems ready to shed the reputation of a “big fucking idiot.” Does this mean that we will see big steps in his personal life as well? The comedian also told Kevin Hart that his biggest dream is to have his own child, and he has already been seen with Kim Kardashian’s babies — even got a tattoo with their initials!

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