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Pete Davidson's Hold Is Not Just Over Celebrity Actresses

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 14, 2023 |

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 14, 2023 |


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Pete Davidson will be hosting an episode of SNL in May, although it is somewhat unusual for a cast member to return the year after he or she left (although, I remember Kristen Wiig doing so). Davidson will be returning to SNL specifically to promote his new Peacock series Bupkis, which — like a lot of his projects — is loosely based on Davidson’s actual life.

And look: Everyone knows that Pete Davidson has a history of dating very famous celebrities (Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Kaia Gerber, Margaret Qualley, Kate Beckinsale, Phoebe Dynevor, etc.), but what is remarkable is just how beloved he is by respected actors and comedians. Joe Pesci has made three movies in 25 years, and it took the likes of Robert DeNiro, Taylor Hackford, and Martin Scorsese to pull him out of semi-retirement, and yet, here he is in Bupkis along with Charlie Day, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi, Bobby Cannavale, Simon Rex, Ray Romano, Brad Garrett, Paul Walter Hauser, John Mulaney, and Kenan Thompson. He got Edie Falco to play his mother!

I like Pete Davidson. I think he’s moderately funny! But why are these actors lining up for his new series? Pete Davidson hasn’t actually proven he’s capable of carrying a project. King of Staten Island was also loosely based on his life, and even discounting that it was released during the pandemic, I don’t think it did that well. Big Time Adolescence wasn’t a particularly popular film for Hulu, and I don’t think that many people saw the thoroughly mediocre Meet Cute on Amazon. He was good in Bodies Bodies Bodies in a supporting role, which feels like where Pete Davidson belongs: Comic relief.

But we’ll see. Here’s the trailer, which is cut together well, but it’s hard not to think that the editing is hiding some mediocre acting. It looks funny, but Davidson is just … himself? Is he capable of more? Watch for yourself.

Bupkis streams on Peacock on May 4th.