Pete Davidson fans have Amy Schumer and Bill Hader to thank for the comedian getting his big break on Saturday Night Live.
In an interview with Maxim, Davidson laid out how a small role in Schumer’s upcoming Trainwreck helped him land the gig. “Amy Schumer is a good friend, and she called me up to do a bit part in Trainwreck,” he explained. “She said, ‘It’s going to be a three-person scene, we’re going to improvise some lines, and the scene will be you, me, and Bill Hader.’ Well, shit! I love Bill Hader! So it was really fun, and not long after that, Bill calls and says, ‘Hey, buddy, I recommended you to Lorne. You’re going to need to come in and audition.'”
Davidson started working the stand-up circuit at just 16 years old, skipping out on high school parties in favor of open mics, according to the article. The now 21-year-old also opened up about his father, a firefighter who died on 9/11.
“So I never told anybody, and then I would do jokes about it…and I think people thought I was lying about it,” Davidson told Maxim. “Which would be crazy! That said, I think there are ways to make it funny, and what better way to get over something that hurt you than laughing about it? As for Jeff[frey Ross]’s joke [at the Justin Bieber roast], I’m just really glad it was actually funny.”