From SNL and his Kanye feud to flying into space, how Pete Davidson became the center of absolutely everything


EEarlier this week, the news broke that Saturday night live Comedian and current Kim Kardashian admirer Pete Davidson is shot into space aboard one of Jeff Bezos’ phallic Blue Origin rockets — talk ‘Big Dick Energy’ Did it matter that Davidson’s trip was canceled under mysterious circumstances just two days later? No. If anything, the aborted space voyage only confirmed what observant pop culture observers already knew: Pete Davidson gets absolutely anywhere.

How come a lanky, six-foot-tall comedian — who once described himself as looking like he should be “standing in front of a car dealership flapping in the wind” — ended up being the center of it all?

It wasn’t that long ago that you could be forgiven for not knowing who Davidson was. Born in 1993 in Staten Island, New York City, Davidson first tried stand-up comedy at the age of 16 at a local bowling alley. He quickly made a name for himself on the city’s competitive stand-up circuit, making his first television appearance in 2012 at the age of 19 failosophy, an MTV show hosted by fellow rising star Hasan Minhaj. The program was dedicated to the “failure” of the Internet. In his very first segment, Davidson had to decide which of three dating profile pictures he would date, room with, or call the police. One was a guy with two hearts shaved into his chest hair. “I’d bang the dude with the hearts” was Davidson’s first-ever on-air line. These seven words set the tone for his coming comedic career: bawdy and unflinching, but with a serious sweetness that makes him relatable.

A few low-key MTV and Comedy Central appearances followed, leading to a small role in the Amy Schumer vehicle train wreck. While filming the film, he met Bill Hader, who suggested it Saturday night live Boss Lorne Michaels that Davidson could fit well into the famous sketch show. Michaels agreed and made Davidson one of them SNLwhen he joined in September 2014 at the tender age of 20, he was the youngest performer ever. Soon he was 69 on The Rock – in a gift darts sketch – and well on his way to becoming a fan favorite.

His appeal was obvious: a down-to-earth freshness coupled with a fearless ability to wear one’s pain on one’s sleeve. He spoke candidly about the devastation he experienced at the age of seven when his firefighter father, Scott, died in the debris of the September 11 attacks. Davidson’s candidness about his loss gave his jokes added bite. In 2015, he appeared on a Comedy Central Justin Bieber’s “Roast” and told fellow attendees Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart that they were watching their panned movie soulplane was “the worst experience of my life with an airplane”.

Davidson’s star continued to rise, He finally crossed over into the big leagues of pop culture in 2018 when he began dating chart supernova Ariana Grande. Their romance was a whirlwind. They began dating in May and had announced their engagement the following month. The relationship was perfect tabloid fodder since Grande recently broke up with rapper Mac Miller. Davidson soon achieved far more bizarre fame when he became the face of “Big Dick Energy” — a term coined by a tweet from Grande alluding to his special appeal. She then wrote a song about him, 2018’s “Pete Davidson.” Even after their wedding was called off in October, she referenced him again in the breakup hit “Thank U, Next,” singing, “Even almost got married / And for.” Pete I’m so thankful”.

All of this seemed to work wonders for Davidson’s reputation, which continues to this day underworld Actor Kate Beckinsale. Their short-lived relationship spurred further debate in the tabloids, largely around the fact that she was two decades his senior. Davidson gained more fans by pointing out the double standard that men who date much younger women — Donald Trump, Alec Baldwin and Leonardo DiCaprio, for starters — are far less scrutinized. After they broke up, Davidson continued to have affairs with her Once upon a time in Hollywood‘s Margaret Qualley and Bridgeton‘s Phoebe Dynevor, starry pairings that must have given him some preparation for dating one of the world’s most famous women: Kim Kardashian.

Davidson’s current relationship with Kardashian has propelled him to an even higher level of fame. That’s not just because of her fame, of course, but also because her estranged husband, Kanye West, seems a little obsessed with her new lover. West’s frequent attacks on Davidson include the song “Eazy”. In it, he threatens to “smack Pete Davidson in the ass” while the video shows Davidson being kidnapped, buried and later beheaded.

Pete Davidson in his 2020 comedy vehicle The King of Staten Island

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All of this tabloid intrigue has somewhat overshadowed Davidson’s day job. SNL is designed, at least in part, to poke fun at the week’s headlines, but the show’s goal is not only to get confused, but hopelessly meta when those headlines are about one of its greatest performers. Davidson recently missed episodes due to filming commitments elsewhere, namely a series of films soon to be released from the slasher satire body, body, body to Romcom Get to know Sweet to Kaley Cuoco. He also recently announced himself bupkisa show based on his own life à la Larry David Curb your enthusiasm. It’s a logical next step for someone whose life as a pop culture icon has grown beyond his regular work.

Like Kardashian, Davidson is best known for being famous today. Surely he’ll be hoping that an autobiographical show will squeeze comic gold out of how odd it is to be in his one-of-a-kind fishbowl. It might be difficult to be considered relatable when you’re mentioned in the same phrases as “rocket ships” and “Jeff Bezos,” but for Davidson, world domination is no longer the ultimate prize: He wants to touch the skies, too.

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