Pete Davidson Joins ‘Saturday Night Live’ Cast as Mike O’Brien Leaves

By September 15, 2014

Hot on the heels of last week’s news that Michael Che would get in front of the camera on “Saturday Night Live” as a co-anchor on Weekend Update, replacing Cecily Strong alongside co-head writer Colin Jost, here’s another cast addition.

EW has word that stand-up comic Pete Davidson is joining the cast of “SNL” as a featured player alongside last year’s additions Beck Bennett and Kyle Mooney, the only two new featured performers to survive after a whole season on the air last year (Sasheer Zamata was added in the middle of the season after the New Year and is sticking around too).

Davidson is only 20 years and a college dropout, and it sounds like that was a good decision after only doing comedy for a few years. Like Che, he seems to be a bit of a comedic prodigy and has a solid resume for being so young. He’s been doing stand-up all over New York, not to mention appearing on “Adam DeVine’s House Party” on Comedy Central, and doing this great set on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” earlier this year:

You might have also seen him on both “Guy Code” and “Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out” on MTV or in a brief appearance as a high school student on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Fox. His story is a touching one since he turned to stand-up at 16 after spending his childhood years struggling with the death of his father, a firefighter who died on the job on 9/11.

In his short time as a stand-up comic, he’s been performing at comedy clubs and colleges in addition to his aforementioned TV gigs. As we saw last season, it’s tough for featured players to get airtime with such a big cast, so we’ll see if he can stand out better than the departed Brooks Wheelan, Noel Wells and John Milhiser.

Mike O'Brien

Speaking of which, another featured player has bitten the dust, so to speak. Mike O’Brien was one of the many additions last season after writing on “SNL” since 2009, but Deadline has confirmed that he’ll no longer be in front of the camera, but will head back to the writers room. O’Brien had a rough start in the first half of the season, getting little airtime (though even some of the seasoned cast members also had this problem) and making little impact. But it’s a bummer to see him head back to the writers’ room because he really started to work well on-screen in the second half of the season.

The closer we get to the season premiere hosted by Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt, the more details emerge on this historical 40th season of “Saturday Night Live.” We wouldn’t be surprised if Bill Murray really did come back to host sometime this season after all. He does star in St. Vincent this fall, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Stay tuned.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.