Pete Davidson, the former "Saturday Night Live" star, made a triumphant return to Studio 8H in the Season 49 premiere of NBC's beloved sketch comedy series, marking the end of a five-month hiatus caused by the Writers Guild of America strike.
Davidson, known for his distinctive public persona, was both the host and the subject of the show's humorous scrutiny in a skit that left audiences in stitches. In a remarkable feat of comedic artistry, Davidson and the SNL cast recreated Ryan Gosling's iconic "I'm Just Ken" music video from the "Barbie" movie, mirroring it shot-for-shot.
This parody served as a platform for Davidson to good-naturedly lampoon himself, addressing the tabloid headlines that have famously dubbed his eyes as "butthole eyes." With a self-deprecating touch, he humorously acknowledged the lukewarm reception of his Peacock show, "Bupkis," and his well-documented stints in rehab, not to mention his high-profile relationships.
Davidson even tackled the ongoing feud with Kanye West, alluding to the rapper as "the man whose name I can't say legally," accompanied by a fleeting image of the former Kanye West. The SNL ensemble contributed to the hilarity by portraying various facets of Davidson's persona, with Mikey Day embodying "First Update Pete," Bowen Yang channeling "Met Gala Pete," and Devon Walker stepping into the shoes of "Black Pete."
Spot-On Barbie Parody Delights Audiences
The attention to detail in the sketch was nothing short of impressive, as it painstakingly recreated the pink plastic world of "Barbie" and faithfully replicated the choreography from the "I'm Just Ken" music video.
In the original video, Gosling's Ken doll character grapples with his role as Barbie's (portrayed by Margot Robbie) perpetual sidekick. Davidson's version of Ken hilariously laments his own status as a perpetual second-fiddle to Barbie, portrayed by Chloe Fineman.
The sketch even featured Barbie riding in her iconic pink convertible alongside Pete, who predictably crashed it, exclaiming, "Not again!" In the end, Pete Davidson remained, well, just Pete – enough to deliver a side-splitting SNL moment that will surely go down in the show's history.
His return was a delightful treat for fans, and it marked the beginning of what promises to be an exciting Season 49 for "Saturday Night Live."
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