Pete Davidson speaks on 'thank u next,' slams Louis CK in first performance since suicide scare
Following his breakup with ex-fiancée Ariana Grande, Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson posted an alarming message on Instagram. "I really don't want to be on this earth anymore," he wrote. "I'm doing my best to stay here for you but I actually don't know how much longer I can last. All I've ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so."
Afterward, the comedian deleted his Instagram account, but the screenshot spread on social media, spooking fans. The New York Police Department confirmed that met Davidson in person to make sure he's okay. That night, he appeared on SNL to introduce the musical guest, but did not appear in any live sketches.
On New Year's Eve, Davidson performed stand-up comedy for the first time since his suicide scare two weeks ago. The two sold-out shows, which the New York Times described as "rough" and "raucous," took place in Boston and the suburb of Medford. In Davidson's set, he described his reaction to hearing Grande's hit breakup song, thank u next.
"Here's the thing about the breakup song," he told the crowd, as reported by E!. "Usually breakup songs you know who it's about but you don't really know. That G named all of us. Bam. She named all of us. And then, tells us, yeah, he has a big dick. That s--t came out before I had to put on a f--king duck hat and be like, 'derrrp here's the pizza!' So all my friends were there. It was a sad day. We didn't know it was going to happen."
"This won't be easy, this is rough," he continued. "So I start playing it. And we're all like, 'Ehhh… it's ok.' We're like 'Okay, it's not that bad for you." However, it was somewhat bad for Pete Davidson's mother, who works as a school nurse. "She was walking in the hallway and some little f--king kid started singing 'Thank U Next' to her," he said. "Me, I get it, but my mom?"
The 25-year-old also commented on Louis CK, whose career collapsed after five women accused him of sexual misconduct. "These stories are true," CK said in a statement. At the time, I said to myself that what I did was O.K. because I never showed a woman my dick without asking first, which is also true. But what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them."
After staying quiet for while, CK is attempting a comeback, ambushing crowds with surprise sets at comedy clubs. His latest set, recorded at Governor's in Long Island leaked to the internet, sparking a firestorm of outrage. The 51-year-old comic mocked Asian men, mental disability, gender identity and the Parkland school shooting survivors. (I assume his next special will be called Old Man Yells At Cloud.)
"You’re not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot," said CK. "Why does that mean I have to listen to you? Why does that make you interesting? You didn’t get shot. You pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I’ve got to listen to you talking?"
CK went on to poke fun at non-binary people. "[Gender neutral people are] like royalty," he told the crowd. "They tell you what to call them. ‘You should address me as they/them. Because I identity as gender neutral.’ Okay. You should address me as ‘there,’ because I identity as a location. And the location is your mother’s c**t."
The audience at Governor's laughed pretty hard at CK's edgy act, but Twitter users were furious. They accused CK of "punching down" and producing hacky material that panders to the loony alt-right. Davidson cracked a joke about CK's new status as Public Enemy No. 1
"I got a Harry Potter tattoo," he told the crowd. "Then the next day Alan Rickman the guy who played Snape died, and I was like, oh, what a weird coincidence. Then I got a Willy Wonka tattoo. Next day—Gene Wilder dies. Now I'm like, alright, that's a coincidence, that's weird. So I'm thinking of getting a tattoo of Louis C.K., what do you guys think?"
He added, "That joke used to be about Aziz Ansari, but Aziz has been nice to me recently."
So, what did CK do that wasn't very nice? Try to sabotage Pete's job on SNL when he came back to host. According to The Daily Beast, Davidson said that CK "told all the producers in front of me that all this kid does is smoke weed and he’s gonna smoke his career away." Then CK told executive producer Lorne Michaels that Davidson "smokes so much weed that it makes people uncomfortable.”
"Then five years later this motherfucker’s been locking doors and jerking off in front of people," Davidson joked.
Good to have you back, Pete!