The University of Rhode Island will be hosting comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member, Pete Davidson. The event, organized by the university’s Student Entertainment Committee, will take place on Wednesday, April 22 at 8 p.m. in Edwards Auditorium.
At the age of 21, Davidson is currently the youngest member of the SNL cast. Davidson plays roles in classic sketches such as “The Weekend Update”. In his performances, Davidson often has dialogues about serious topics such as cyber security, fiscal responsibility and the prevention of STD’s. Davidson uses his youthful perspective to take a humorous position when addressing these types of issues.
Although it is often common practice for the cast of SNL to perform sketches that are offensive, one recent sketch put Davidson under scrutiny. The skit was about a trial where a student was questioned about a physical relationship he had with his school teacher. The performance drew negative attention from social media and was picked up and dramatized by other media outlets.
Though his humor is not necessarily family friendly, Davidson seems to not feel the need to play a character that is politically correct or remotely logical. Davidson’s raunchy wit is praised by publications such as Variety who ranked him as one of the top 10 comics to watch for in 2014. This is an incredible achievement especially Davidson is still at such an early stage in his career.
Davidson’s breakthrough into television began only a few years ago in 2013. Since then, Davidson has made appearances in television programs on MTV and Comedy Central both as an actor and as a stand-up comedian. It is notable that outside of his SNL performances, Davidson often plays himself as a character.
As shown in his edition of “AskSNL”, Davidson demonstrates he is not afraid to be honest or say what is on his mind which consequently allows him to play himself. His hilarious nature can be seen on his Twitter handle where Davidson recently tweeted, “My non participation in saying the word fleek is on fleek”.
Tickets for Davidson’s show can be purchased at the Memorial Union Box Office, the Ryan Center Box Office, or online at ryancenter.com. Student tickets are available for $10, and tickets for the general public can be purchased for $20.