Pete Davidson on 'SNL': Comedy as a Path Through Tragedy in
Pete Davidson on 'SNL'Pete Davidson on 'SNL'

SNL Season 49 Premiere

“Saturday Night Live” kicked off its Season 49 premiere this week without any skits, but instead, engaged in a discussion with host Pete Davidson about “harrowing images and stories regarding the situation involving Israel and Gaza. 

Davidson mentioned, “I understand you might be wondering why Pete Davidson is the one discussing this.” Well, in many ways, I am a good person to talk about because when I was seven, my dad died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 

I do have a grasp of the situation. I saw lots of terrifying images this week, of injured children, Israeli children, Palestinian children, and it really brought me to a terrifying, horrifying place. No one deserves that kind of suffering in this world, especially children.”

A Mother’s Gift and Comedy’s Role

Following my father’s passing, my mother made every effort to bring joy into my life. I recall a particular day when I was eight years old. She showed me something similar to the Disney movie. But it was actually Eddie Murphy’s stand-up special, ‘Delirious.’ And we watched it in the car on the way home. 

And when he said the things that Eddie Murphy said, she tried to turn it off. But then she thought that I didn’t understand. For the first time in a long time, I laughed. I can’t explain it. I’m not really… and I won’t. But sometimes comedy is the only way forward.”

You know, I feel deep sympathy for all the individuals whose lives were devastated this week. But tonight, I’m going to do what I always do in the world of tragedy, and that’s trying to be funny.”

Pete Davidson’s SNL Return and Season Premiere Highlights

After Davidson’s opening monologue, the first sketch of the night was a parody of the Fox NFL Sunday team, with Taylor Swift as the analyst via “Taylor Swift/NFL Minute.” As the anchors attempted to one-up each other with their Swift fandom, the segment ended with the triumphant return of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, centering in Kansas City Chiefs territory. Finally, Swift made a musical guest appearance to introduce Ice Splice.

Pete Davidson's SNL Return
Pete Davidson’s SNL Return

It’s been several months in the making, but Pete Davidson finally took the Studio 8H stage last night to host the Season 49 premiere of “Saturday Night Live.” After Hollywood scribes’ strike halted the production in May, the October 14th event is the original series’ first live episode in a series of three weeks.

Pete Davidson’s Future Projects

Davidson, who co-created the show as a recurring segment last season before a strike by the Writers Guild of America halted “SNL” from returning to the airwaves, was scheduled to host in the beginning of May. The show had to take a break.

This marks Davidson’s return to “SNL” after exiting as a cast member in 2022. He spent eight seasons as a cast member but this is his first time hosting. Davidson’s original plan was to be hosting the May 6 Houston gig in tandem with the premiere of his new Mayor comedy “Bupkis.” The show has since been renewed for a second season. It’s also worth noting that he will appear in the upcoming feature “Dumb Money,” which was released at the end of last month.

SNL Returning Cast and Familiar Faces

The lineup of returning “SNL” cast members comprises Mikey Day, Andrew Dismukes, Chloe Fineman, Heidi Gardner, Punkie Johnson, Ego Nwodim, Kenan Thompson, and Bowen Yang. Joining them as “Weekend Update” hosts are Michael Che and Colin Jost also back in the fold. 

Series regulars James Austin Johnson and Sarah Sherman are on board, while returning featured players Marcelo Hernandez, Molly Kearney, Michael Langella, and Dion Walker. “SNL” airs live across the country, including primetime on the West Coast. The show is one of the most-watched comedy programs among 18-49-year-old viewers.

Preparations for SNL’s Historic 50th Season

NBC Universal began negotiations for the sponsorship of the historic 50th season of “SNL” ahead of time, which is set to debut in the fall of 2024. NBC Universal is currently in the process of building a home for nearly 100 celebrities in its New York headquarters, much like a residence for a couple.

Pete Davidson
Pete Davidson

 As part of its new deal with NBC Universal, SAG-AFTRA is developing a series based on the previous observations of the program, featuring at least one documentary film, while negotiations with the studios are ongoing.

Amid Strike Allows ‘SNL’ Cast Return

While SAG-AFTRA has yet to settle its strike with the studios, the union announced that “SNL” cast members have been granted permission to return to production. “SAG-AFTRA members who are employed as hosts, guests, or cast members of ‘Saturday Night Live’ are currently working under the Net Work Code,” which is not the contract we are on strike from,” the union said in a statement, and we support their fulfillment of the obligations of that agreement.”


  • What was the last SNL episode?

Hosted by Pete Davidson; Guest: Ice Spies

  • What exactly is SNL, the long-running show?

SNL stands for “Saturday Night Live.” It’s been a staple of late-night comedy since 1975, running for 48 seasons from New York.

  • Why did SNL end quickly?

Due to a writers’ strike, ‘SNL’ Season ended abruptly, with host Kieran Culkin and Jennifer Coolidge losing the episodes.

  • What does SNL mean?

SNL most often refers to Saturday Night Live, an American late-night television show encompassing various types of comedy.

  • Is SNL still popular?

While “SNL” remains relatively strong in ratings – it ranks 4th in 18-49 demos for live broadcasts out of the top 50 – it’s still only attracting about a third of the viewers it had in the 1990s. That’s true for any broadcast TV in a world that doesn’t watch in the same way they did 30 years ago, but it is what it is.


In the Season 49 premiere of” Saturday Night Live,” Pete Davidson’s sincere discussion about the Israel- Gaza situation brought a unique and emotional touch to the show. Davidson’s return as a host marked a significant moment, and” SNL” proved that comedy can be a source of  mending indeed in times of tragedy. 

With a talented cast and a rich history,” Saturday Night Live” remains a cherished and  continuing part of American  TV. As it gears up for its 50th season,” SNL” is set to continue its  fabulous  trip into the future. 

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