Pete Davidson Returns to SNL With Support From A Sober Star

By Kelly Burch 01/23/19

Comedian John Mulaney joined Davidson during Weekend Update where they joked about mental health, hanging out and watching The Mule.

Pete Davidson and John Mulaney
Pete Davidson and John Mulaney Photo via YouTube

After a tumultuous 2018 filled with personal and professional challenges due in part to mental health conditions, comedian Pete Davidson returned to Saturday Night Live last weekend, guided by former SNL writer John Mulaney, who is in recovery. 

The two appeared together in an interview portion of Weekend Update, where Davidson makes an appearance from time to time to discuss his personal life and sometimes his mental health for laughs. 

“As you know, I’ve had a really crazy month and I want to talk about something that really matters to me,” Davidson told Colin Jost. 

“Mental health?” Jost asked. 

But no—the sketch was about the new Clint Eastwood film The Mule.

Seeing Davidson and Mulaney side by side, Jost remarked that he didn’t know the two hung out together. 

“We do, but a lot of time it looks like I’m Pete’s lawyer,” Mulaney said. “For real, I’ve been spending time with Pete to try to show him that you can have a life in comedy that is not insane. A sober, domestic life.”

“And after observing John’s life I publicly threatened suicide,” Davidson retorted. “I know I shouldn’t make that joke, but it’s funny.”

In December, Davidson was cut almost entirely from an episode of SNL because he had missed dress rehearsals, TMZ reported. Davidson reportedly was in his pajamas in his dressing room for most of the show. 

Before that taping, Davidson posted a message on Instagram before deleting his account, saying, “I really don’t want to be on this earth anymore. I’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer I can last,” according to Vanity Fair.

That was concerning because Davidson has discussed his suicidal ideations in the past. His former fiancée Adriana Grande was so worried that she stopped by the set, but security refused to let her see Davidson, who had reportedly asked that Grande be kept away. 

“I’m downstairs and I’m not going anywhere,” she tweeted to Davidson, before deleting the message. 

However, in Saturday’s SNL return, Mulaney didn’t let the suicide comment slide without being acknowledged. 

“Pete, look at me, look me in the eye,” he said. “You are loved by many and we are glad you’re okay.”

Mulaney doesn’t often talk about his sobriety, although he has mentioned it occasionally. 

“I don’t drink,” he said in his show New in Town, according to Vanity Fair. “I used to drink, then I drank too much and I had to stop. That surprises a lot of audiences because I don’t look like someone who used to do anything.”

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.