10 Best Pete Davidson ‘SNL’ Moments
Welcome back, Pete Davidson! SNL’s one-time Resident Young Person returns to the show that feels like he never left — mainly because it’s only been a year and change since Davidson last appeared as a cast member. (He would have been back even sooner except last spring’s writer strike postponed his hosting debut.) While we wait to see what he has in store for us on Saturday night, let’s look back at ten memorable moments from the SNL career of Pete Davidson.
First Weekend Update appearance
On Pete’s first-ever show, he absolutely killed by playing his best character — Pete Davidson. Michael Che legit has a hard time keeping a straight face as Davidson ponders how much money he’d require to go down on a guy. It’s the shocking/charming combo platter that would win hearts across Hollywood.
The Pete Davidson/John Mulaney comedy combo doesn’t seem like a natural on its surface, but the two have undeniable chemistry on SNL and on the stand-up stage. The sketch spotlights Mulaney but works because we believe Davidson is absolutely capable of the crimes of which he’s accused here.
By Davidson’s own admission, he didn’t come to SNL as a skilled character actor. But he uses that uncomfortable awkwardness to his advantage in this sketch about a teen stuck watching sex scenes with his parents.
Zombie Apocolypse High School
When you’re doing physical comedy and holding your own against Jim Carrey, you must be doing something right.
Given Davidson’s reputation, it’s weird that no one has cast him in a straight-up romantic comedy. Consider this his audition tape — we can see it!
Jasmine and Aladdin
Kim Kardashian told Jimmy Kimmel about falling in love parodying a Disney film. “Actually, for Valentine’s Day, (Pete) got me the rug and the whole outfits and the little genie lamp,” she said a few months before they both moved on to their next conquests.
Chad and JLo
Davidson’s most famous character can be plugged into virtually any situation, from a slasher film to being Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s pool boy to working as a roadie for Jennifer Lopez. Chad is the voice of a generation.
Explaining NFTs might be the most useful thing Davidson ever did on SNL.
Three Sad Virgins
Pete comes full circle from his original SNL appearance. He started as the nervous rookie eager to prove himself and left as the guy the nervous rookies are trying to impress. When you’re headlining the music video with Taylor Swift, you know it’s time to move on to bigger and better things.