Pete Davidson’s Road To Fame Started With A Dare

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Before Pete Davidson became a cast member of Saturday Night Live, an unlikely Hollywood playboy and Kim Kardashian’s post-Kanye beau, he was a high school student living in Staten Island, New York, who got into comedy on a dare. The Suicide Squad actor was just a regular 16-year-old kid having fun with his friends when he got up on stage to deliver his first comedy routine, jumpstarting a career in entertainment that just keeps on soaring.

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A Bowling Alley Gig

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The comedian and MTV alum, who’s now 28, was born on November 16, 1993 in Staten Island to a high school nurse mother named Amy and a firefighter father named Scott. Davidson was just 7 years old when his dad died on duty during the September 11, 2001 attacks.

At age 16, the would-be SNL star got his start in comedy when his friends dared him to perform while they were hanging out in a bowling alley. It would turn out to be his very first stand-up show.

Start Of A Career In Comedy

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Davidson recounted the story in an interview with SFGate, saying, “My friends dared me. They knew I always wanted to do it. And then I wasn’t going to do it. And then I smoked a joint and I did it. It went all right. I got the bug where I just needed to be an attention whore for 12 minutes a day every day.”

In 2011, the The King of Staten Island star got his high school diploma, enrolled at St. Francis College and then dropped out after one semester to start his entertainment career.

‘MTV’ And ‘SNL’

What followed was a number of MTV gigs including appearances on Failosophy, Guy Code and Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out. He also got a small part in Trainwreck which starred Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. It was through the latter that Davidson got the chance to audition for Saturday Night Live. In 2014 at the age of 20, he became a regular cast member – one of the youngest in the history of the show – and that was the break that propelled him to fame.

Hollywood Charmer

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To add to his TV fame, the comedian has broken into the film industry as well with big roles in the semi-autobiographical King of Staten Island, I Slept With Joey Ramone and The Suicide Squad. He’s also earned quite the reputation as a Hollywood charmer with a number of high-profile hookups under his belt, including a short-lived engagement to Ariana Grande and flings with Kate Beckinsale, Margaret Qualley, Kaia Gerber and Phoebe Dynevor. Of course, these days it’s his romance with Kim Kardashian that’s been dominating headlines.