Pete Davidson is bringing his Kanye West drama to the stage. On the sold-out first night of Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, the Saturday Night Live star performed on stage for the first time in three years. When he initially started dating Kim Kardashian’s ex, Kanye West, the comedian made jokes about the rapper’s internet vendetta against him when he first started dating The Kardashians star.
According to Entertainment Tonight, Davidson began his show with jokes about West claiming that Davidson had AIDS and that he believed the rapper since the “Good Morning” musician is a genius. He went on to say how strange it was to be publically humiliated when you couldn’t do anything about it. Following word that Davidson and Kardashian were dating following her hosting gig on Saturday Night Live, West went on a series of online rants about the Staten Island native, dubbing him “Skete” and killing a stand-in for the comic in his music video for “Eazy.”
Looking back on a basketball game he attended with Chris Rock and Jon Stewart in December 2021, Davidson remarked that it was the “before time… before life was over,” a reference to Rock being slapped by Will Smith at the 2022 Academy Awards. In the aftermath of their drama, Davidson said there are no hard feelings between West and his friend Jack Harlow. However, the King of Staten Island actor joked that it would be a different situation if his on-screen co-star Bill Burr attended West’s Sunday Service.
A source close to Davidson told Entertainment Tonight at the height of West’s feud with Davidson that he was “not scared by Kanye in any way, shape, or form,” and that all of the drama was really drawing him closer to Kardashian. “From all of this, Kim and Pete have grown closer, far more than any of them intended,” the insider added in March. “Pete is incredibly sympathetic and has made a concerted effort to put his feelings aside and simply be a support system for Kim during this tough time. Pete has matured as an adult, man, public person, and partner as a result of this experience, despite being thrust into the heart of events such as Kanye’s rants and the subsequent media.”