Pete Davidson says his stand-up performance during the pandemic 'felt like my first time on stage ever'

Pete Davidson is a comedian and "Saturday Night Live" performer. FilmMagic / Getty Images
Pete Davidson spoke to Insider about what it was like to play stand-up comedy during the pandemic.
Cast member "Saturday Night Live" joined comedians John Mulaney and Mike Birbiglia in an outdoor show at South Farms in Morris, Connecticut, in September.
"At this point, I haven't been on stage for six or seven months," he told Insider while promoting his latest Amazon partnership.
He continued, "It was fun and I had a great time, but [I] was super rusty and it felt like my first time on stage."
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When New York's comedy clubs closed their doors and season 45 of "Saturday Night Live" went virtual at the start of the pandemic, Pete Davidson, like most comedians, had no idea when to tell jokes in person again.
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"Everything has been set," he told Insider while promoting his latest Amazon partnership, adding that he has canceled plans for a tour in 2020.
"It definitely affected a lot of working stand-up comedians, like many," said the native Staten Islander. "Folks in New York City, you usually do five to nine spots a week and that's all you do as stand-up comics."
In September, Pete had the first chance in months to exercise his comedy muscles.
Together with comedians John Mulaney and Mike Birbiglia, he appeared in front of a socially distant audience at the Twilight Concerts on the Farm series at South Farms in Morris, Connecticut.
Despite having extensive audience experience (and becoming one of the youngest "SNL" actors in history at age 20), Pete felt out of practice.
"At this point I hadn't been on stage for six or seven months," he recalled. "It was fun and I had a great time, but [I] was super rusty and it felt like my first time on stage."
Pete also noted that he enjoyed hanging out with longtime friend Mulaney, who hosted "SNL" on October 31st next month.
"I had to hang out with John so we had a really fun time," he told Insider.
Pete Davidson and John Mulaney both appeared on NBC's Saturday Night Live. NBC / Getty Images
Many traditional stand-up locations remain closed as cities tighten restrictions amid rising COVID-19 cases, but Pete remains confident that there will be a "big boom" in comedy after the pandemic.
"I think so many people are just going to be so anxious to do something. That's why I think all kinds of live performances and movies and even going out in general are going to take off just because we have been for a year cooped up, "he told Insider.
Meanwhile, Pete made regular appearances on season 46 of "SNL," which returned to Studio 8H on October 3rd.
The comedy sketch series has invited a live studio audience for each episode, which requires guests to perform rapid COVID-19 tests themselves, stay separate in pods, and wear masks.
Pete Davidson appears regularly on the "Weekend Update" segment of "SNL". NBC / Getty Images
Pete and his grandfather Stephen Davidson recently partnered with Amazon and posted a video showing them using the Echo Show, a smart speaker with video calling capabilities, to stay connected during the pandemic.
"The Echo Show is really a godsend for grandfathers like me and everyone else because it keeps me in touch with Peter and the rest of my grandchildren," Stephen Insider told his Staten Island home.
As a result of the partnership, Amazon pledged to donate $ 1 million worth of Amazon devices to organizations that support first responders. One of the organizations is Answer The Call, a fund that supported Pete's family after his father's death.
"Answer The Call is just a really fantastic organization that helped my family when my father died," said the comedian of his father, Scott, who was a firefighter who died in the September 11, 2001 attacks.
He continued, "Without your help we would not have been able to make it through this period. Just to be able to help these types of organizations in any way, we are really grateful that Amazon is doing it."
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