Saturday Night Live is coming back on September 27th, and producer Lorne Michaels is finalizing the cast. Today, it was announced that Pete Davidson would be joining the current team—earlier this year, when he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, he said, "I just turned 20 and it’s over, I’m not going to make it." From Deadline:
A native of Staten Island, NY, Davidson started his career in comedy at 16, using it as a therapeutic outlet after losing his father, a New York City firefighter, on 9/11. Making his rounds in the New York comedy scene, he was spotted by Nick Cannon who took him under his wing. Davidson was a semi-regular on the revival of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out improv comedy series on MTV2 last year, leading to a gig on the MTV2 comedy/reality show Guy Code. Davidson, who dropped out of college, made his film-acting debut in Cannon’s direct-to-video School Dance.
More recently, he's guest-starred on Brooklyn Nine Nine.
Here's his set on Jimmy Kimmel, plus an interview with Awkwafina, and some videos from 2012:
Last week it was revealed that Michael Che (also a New York native) would be SNL's new Weekend Update co-anchor (alongside Colin Jost), replacing Cecily Strong. The 40th season premiere host is Chris Pratt, with musical guest Ariana Grande.