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Pete Davidson is an actor and comedian you probably know best from Saturday Night Live. He also has a new comedy special on Netflix, “Alive From New York,” available right now. But how is he with spicy food? Find out as the Staten Island comic takes on the wings of death with host Sean Evans.
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Peter Davidson is an American comedian and actor. He is a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Davidson has also appeared on the MTV shows Guy Code, Wild ‘n Out, and Failosophy. He has performed stand-up comedy on Adam DeVine’s House Party, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Comedy Underground with Dave Attell, and guest-starred in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Peter Davidson was born November 16, 1993, in Staten Island, New York, the son of Amy (née Waters) and Scott Matthew Davidson. His father was of mostly Jewish heritage; his mother is of Irish ancestry; Davidson was raised Catholic. He has a younger sister named Casey. His father was a New York City firefighter who died in service during the September 11 attacks; he was last seen running up the stairs of the Marriott World Trade Center, just before it collapsed. Davidson, then seven years old, was profoundly affected by the loss. He told The New York Times that it was “overwhelming” and that he later acted out in school as a result of the trauma; at one point, he ripped his hair out until he was bald. In October 2016, Peter Davidson revealed on The Breakfast Club morning radio show that he struggled with suicidal thoughts when he was younger, and that the music of rap artist Kid Cudi saved his life.
Peter Davidson first tried stand-up comedy at age 16 in a Staten Island bowling alley, where a group of friends, knowing of his comedy aspirations, dared him to take to the stage. He did so only after smoking marijuana. Davidson, who has suffered from Crohn’s disease since the age of 17 or 18, at the time said he “cannot function” without marijuana, adding that he would not be able to work on Saturday Night Live, and that attempts to perform without it have not been successful. He explained that “I can perform when I’m not high, but it wouldn’t be that much fun for me.” He attended St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School, then Tottenville High School before transferring to Xaverian High School in Brooklyn where he graduated in 2012. His mother still works as the school nurse at the latter. Following high school, he enrolled at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights; after one semester Davidson dropped out to develop his career in comedy.
Davidson’s earliest onscreen appearance was in the third episode of the MTV comedy series Failosophy, which premiered February 28, 2013. The following month, he appeared in “PDA and Moms,” a third-season episode of the MTV2 reality TV comedy series Guy Code, the first of four episodes in which he was featured. That June, his first televised standup aired as part of a second-season episode of the Comedy Central program Gotham Comedy Live, which showcases standup comedians at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. The following month, he returned to MTV2 with an appearance on Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out, his first of six episode appearances on that show.
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