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Pete Davidson is an absolute comedy legend who is known for various roles in the comedy and acting world. He became one of the youngest cast members on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2014, following a significant milestone in his career, and he hasn’t looked back since. You may know Pete Davidson from a variety of different projects, including when he made his debut on MTV’sFailosophy,’ ‘Guy Code,’ or ‘Wild ‘N Out.’ You might also know Pete Davidson from his standup debut on ‘Gotham Comedy Live’ or even from his time doing standup on late-night talk shows such as ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!

More recently, he has continued working on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and continued to be invited back to late-night talk shows such as ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ and ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers.’ Besides starring as himself in the television shows and projects mentioned before, Pete Davidson also has an extensive acting career. He has been featured in a variety of films and television shows over the years that have helped to solidify the variety of talents he has. He was first featured in a guest-starring role on the hilarious television show ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ and has continued to find himself in a variety of roles that have captured his humor and even his more serious side. 

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Pete Davidson is known for his sarcastic humor, which explains how he has managed to keep his platform on television’s most hilarious comedy television show ‘Saturday Night Live’ from 2014 to now. Though Pete Davidson is known for his humor, he is also known for his vulnerability, specifically related to his health issues, emotional health, and more, which is an excellent way for him to spread awareness while using the important platform he holds. Over the years, Pete Davidson has become more and more loved because of his honesty about his life and, of course, his humor that only gets better with time.

As mentioned before, he landed his role on ‘Saturday Night Live’ following a career milestone which at the time was landing a part in Amy Schumer and Bill Hader’s comedy film, ‘Trainwreck’ in 2015. It was the hilarious Bill Hader that would ultimately recommend that Pete Davidson would be a great fit for ‘Saturday Night Live.’ It is extremely interesting to consider that Pete Davidson had impressed Bill Hader enough to recommend Pete Davidson to the creators of the iconic show. 

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Pete Davidson – Growing Up 

Pete Davidson was born on November 16, 1993, in Staten Island, New York, to his parents Amy Davidson and the late Scott Davidson. Pete’s father, Scott Davidson, was a New York City fireman who tragically passed during the attacks on September 11, 2001, in New York City. Pete Davidson has always explained his father’s passing as an extremely traumatic moment in his childhood that heavily impacted his mental health at the time and today. He has attributed the rapper Kid Cudi as the one thing that helped him to continue his life following the passing of his father.

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He attended Xaverian High School in 2011 and decided to continue his education, leading him to attend Brooklyn Heights’ St. Francis College before deciding to leave school to pursue his career in comedy. As mentioned before, he first made his appearance on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ in 2013. In 2015 he would hit another career milestone when his set on ‘Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber’ would be highly praised as one of the best on the show. In 2016 Comedy Central filmed his first standup special ‘Pete Davidson: SMD.’ He has continued to impress his fans, comedians, and the creators of ‘Saturday Night Live’ with his unique humor that highlights personal confessions and tons of vulgarity. 

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More recently, Pete Davidson toured with John Mulaney on their limited comedy tour called ‘Sundays with Pete and John.’ He has also starred in films and television shows such as ‘Big Time Adolescence,’ ‘The Dirt,’ ‘The Angry Birds Movie 2,’ and ‘The Jesus Rolls.’ In 2020 he co-wrote ‘The King of Staten Island,’ which is a semi-autobiographical film depicting Pete Davidson’s life story at some points throughout the film. He has also starred in ‘Hit Job,’ ‘Marmaduke,’ ‘The Suicide Squad,’ ‘The Rookie,’ and ‘The Freak Brothers.’ His acting and comedy career has proven to be successful as he has been nominated and has won a variety of awards. Pete Davidson has been nominated for CinEuphoria Awards, a Hollywood Critics Association award, and People’s Choice Awards. Overall, Pete Davidson has become a household name over the years because of his humor and personality that continues to win over audiences. I can’t wait to see what project he works on next. 

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Pete Davidson will next be starring as himself in ‘Bring Back Laughs’ with Janeane Garofalo and Ilano Glazer, directed by Kristian Mercado. Pete Davidson will next be seen in ‘Good Mourning with a U’ with Megan Fox and Dove Cameron, directed by Machine Gun Kelly and Mod Sun. Pete Davidson will next be seen in ‘Meet Cute’ with Kaley Cuoco and Deborah S. Craig, directed by Alex Lehmann. Pete Davidson will next be seen in ‘American Sole’ with Camila Mendes and Bad Bunny, directed by Ian Edelman. Pete Davidson will next be seen in ‘The Things They Carried’ with Tom Hardy, directed by Rupert Sanders

By Chelsea Black 

Click here to read The Hollywood Insider’s CEO Pritan Ambroase’s love letter to Cinema, TV and Media. An excerpt from the love letter: The Hollywood Insider’s CEO/editor-in-chief Pritan Ambroase affirms, We have the space and time for all your stories, no matter who/what/where you are. Media/Cinema/TV have a responsibility to better the world and The Hollywood Insider will continue to do so. Talent, diversity and authenticity matter in Cinema/TV, media and storytelling. In fact, I reckon that we should announce “talent-diversity-authenticity-storytelling-Cinema-Oscars-Academy-Awards” as synonyms of each other. We show respect to talent and stories regardless of their skin color, race, gender, sexuality, religion, nationality, etc., thus allowing authenticity into this system just by something as simple as accepting and showing respect to the human species’ factual diversity. We become greater just by respecting and appreciating talent in all its shapes, sizes, and forms. Award winners, which includes nominees, must be chosen on the greatness of their talent ALONE.

I am sure I am speaking for a multitude of Cinema lovers all over the world when I speak of the following sentiments that this medium of art has blessed me with. Cinema taught me about our world, at times in English and at times through the beautiful one-inch bar of subtitles. I learned from the stories in the global movies that we are all alike across all borders. Remember that one of the best symbols of many great civilizations and their prosperity has been the art they have left behind. This art can be in the form of paintings, sculptures, architecture, writings, inventions, etc. For our modern society, Cinema happens to be one of them. Cinema is more than just a form of entertainment, it is an integral part of society. I love the world uniting, be it for Cinema, TV. media, art, fashion, sport, etc. Please keep this going full speed.

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  • Chelsea Black

    Chelsea Black is a writer and digital media content creator with a background in public relations and diversity studies. She strives to create and showcase content that emphasizes representation for all communities and overall diversity and inclusion. Her values and beliefs align with The Hollywood Insider as she believes that the power the media holds should be used in meaningful and uplifting ways. She believes in the capabilities of storytelling and that it can promote positive change in many aspects. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys reading and reflective writing.

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