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30 Comedians to Know in 2016 PT 1



One time my roommate came out of the bathroom with one sock, and I was like ‘Fuck, we need toilet paper.’”

Pete Davidson

Since his career began in 2010 Pete Davidson has amassed several television appearances and a development deal and appeared in three films and six television programs (including Saturday Night Live, where he is the fourth-youngest cast member in the history of the show and the youngest member of the current cast. His resume is impressive enough in itself, but what makes it more impressive is that Davidson has achieved great success over the six years he has been an active comedian…when he was only 20-years old. Despite the six years Davidson has been in the comedy scene, he is now more than ever, a rising star to look out for at age 23.

Davidson first tried his hand hand at stand-up comedy at age 16, when he and a group of his friends were in a bowling alley in Staten Island. His friends, aware of Davidson’s comedy aspirations as well as his natural talent, dared him to take the stage and perform a stand-up routine. Davidson did so, after smoking a marijuana joint.

It’s a good thing Davidson couldn’t turn down the dare because only a couple of years after the gig, he appeared in his earliest onscreen appearance on the third episode of the MTV comedy series Failosophy in 2013 and only one month later, appeared in a third season episode of the MTV2 reality comedy series Guy Code.

Within this one year, Davidson’s first televised stand-up performance aired as part of a second season episode of the Comedy Central program Gotham Live and then he returned to MTV2 with an appearance on Nick Cannon Presents: Wild n’ Out 

, his first of six episode appearances on that show. Afterwards, Davidson made stand-up appearances on Adam DeVine’s House PartyJimmy Kimmel LiveComedy Underground with Dave Attell

 and guest starred in Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

On the 40th season premiere of Saturday Night Live on Sept. 27, 2014, Davidson joined the cast at only 20-years-old, making him the only SNL cast member to be born in the 90s, the fourth-youngest cast member in SNL history and the youngest member of the current cast. In 2015, Davidson reached another historic milestone when he served as a roaster in the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, as his set was considered to be one of the best ones on the show.

This appearance on The Roast was a break for Davidson, as his jokes allowed viewers who were unfamiliar with the comedian’s bold comedy style and fearlessness to crossing the line (including when Davidson, whose firefighter father passed away during the September 11th attacks, called Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart’s film Soul Plane “the worst experience of my life involving a plane.”

Pete Davidson will be performing live at Arlington Draft House in Virginia on Jan. 8 and Jan. 9 (there will two different show times each night). Tickets for the event can be seen and purchased here. Davidson will also continue to appear in the cast of Saturday Night Live.

Follow Davidson on Instagram.

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