Pete Davidson and Alex Moffat: SNL comes to Eisenhower
Known for their work on Saturday Night Live, Pete Davidson and Alex Moffat spend Wednesday evening (19 April) performing new stand-up sets in Eisenhower Auditorium. Hosted by the Student Programming Association (SPA), the 19 April gig seemed to be a practice run for each of them, a mostly successful side-experiment from their more popular work on television.
Opened by brief sets from lesser-known comedians Heavy and Joey Gay, the night got off to a slow start. The former seemed stoned out of his mind (and, in fact, commented on the fact he was so high that he couldn’t remember jokes), while the latter spent the first few minutes shouting about how he didn’t like Mexicans, applauding the fact that the crowd sounded uncomfortable. While the audience got a few laughs in here-and-there, the two performers were unexpected and disappointing: they seemed to simply be a waiting game for the main course, Alex Moffat and Pete Davidson.
Thankfully, neither acts let down the hopes for hilarity. Moffat was the first to perform, his short set including a 5-minute impression of a German comedian who constantly switches between German and ‘muhzufuzzing’ English, a rendition of ‘Piano Man’ by a man who cannot play piano, and endless jokes about drawing dicks on the box containing his dead father’s ashes. While some of the gags really dragged in a few places, Moffat seemed to pride himself in challenging his audience this way (he pointed out that he had once done the German bit for 35 minutes, seeing a crowd of 150 dwindle to 2).
Pete Davidson was next up, the headline act. Recently sober, Davidson first complained about how boring life now is, before launching into a series of undeniably side-tickling masturbation jokes, and gags about Penn State’s horrendous rape culture. It’s easy to see why he’s been so successful in comedy: the number of ways Davidson can make a joke about a penis and still be funny proves he’s a true creative. Later in the set, he emptied a bottle of water on a crowd member, apologizing for ‘cumming’ on them. He then sat down to tell jokes about his dead father and almost-dead grandfather. It was dark humor through-and-through, but hilarious all the same. His set only slowed in the spots where he needed to check his notes, something for which he apologized: he has not done stand-up in a few years.
The night concluded with a Q&A with Davidson, who discussed a lot of his work on SNL: The Rock has been his favorite host, while someone rhyming with ‘Brussel Browe’ was the hardest to work with. He also talked about the craziest thing he did high (watched the Winnie the Pooh movies) and confirmed that he has, in fact, had to take his shirt off while taking a dump. As the evening ended, Davidson said that he’s keen to get out of the creepy town that is State College and head back to New York. Anyone wanting to see him further can, well… Watch SNL.