‘Saturday Night Live’ Welcomes Pete Davidson

Young and upcoming comedian Pete Davidson has continued his rise to stardom as he prepares to join the Saturday Night Live cast.

According to Deadline, the 20-year-old comedian was handpicked by Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels. The show’s Twitter feed confirmed his addition to the cast on Monday. He joins the show in its upcoming 40th season as a featured player. Three of the seven featured players from last season, Noel Wells, John Milhiser, and Brooks Wheelan, will not be returning. Pete’s addition brings the total number of featured players to four.

Pete Davidson, who is a Brooklyn native, has had a successful break in the world of comedy after being discovered by Nick Cannon and given an opportunity to performed on Cannon’s comedy show, Wild ‘N Out. Since then he has appeared on MTV’s Guy Code, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Cast mates from Guy Code congratulated Pete on his new gig at Saturday Night Live. MTV News also celebrated by posting a happy dance.

“Whether he’s reporting live from Comic Con or teaching us how to properly sext, Davidson always has the answers, and we’re psyched to see him doing big things. Doing our happy dance for you, Pete!”

Pete Davidson’s addition to Saturday Night Live comes on the heels of last week’s changes to the show. According to The Inquisitr, Weekend Update co-anchor Cecily Strong was replaced by Michael Che of the Daily Show. The Inquisitr also reported on the preliminary line-up for the first two installments of the show.

“We have Chris Pratt ringing in ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ 40th season opener, on September 27, with musical guest Ariana Grande; followed the next week by Sarah Silverman, with musical guest Maroon 5.”

Pete Davidson’s addition to Saturday Night Live, makes him one of the youngest cast members to join the show, putting him in league with Anthony Michael Hall who was 17 and Robert Downey, Jr. who was 20 when they joined the show for a single season in 1985. Eddie Murphy was 19 when he began his four-season run in 1980.

The Guardian revealed some interesting information on Pete’s background.

“Davidson reportedly began doing standup at 16 as a therapeutic outlet after losing his father, a firefighter who died on 9/11. Over the past five years, he’s performed in colleges, comedy clubs, and on a number of MTV shows”

Do you think Pete is a good addition to the Saturday Night Live cast?

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