In his Netflix special Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends, Davidson begins by talking about the “weird year” he has had. And boy, did he nearly go crazy.
Ever since he started dating the beauty and fashion mogul, Kim Kardashian, Pete has been at the receiving end of Kim’s former husband, rapper and Presidential candidate, Kanye ‘Ye’ West’s eccentric tirade.
From referring to Pete as “Skete” and encouraging fans to “boo” at him on the streets to make a bizarre music video where he decapitated Davidson and also exposing private messages on his Instagram, Ye’s harassment knew no bounds. From celebrities to fans, including Trevor Noah, Ye was called out by one and all while Pete oddly remained silent.
It was not until his set at the Netflix Is A Joke Festival in May 2022 that Davidson used humour to address fan concerns. From talking about West’s constant abuse to addressing other controversial topics, Davidson did not hold back in his small introductory set.
The Saturday Night Live comic was joined by Carly Aquilino, Giulio Gallarotti, Neko White, Derek Gaines, Joey Gay, Dave Sirus and Jordan Rock for their sets. He then introduced Machine Gun Kelly to close the festival on Friday.
Pete Davidson Presents: The Best Friends is now streaming on Netflix. take a look at some of his best and most controversial jokes:
The best and most controversial jokes on the Pete Davidson Netflix special
Talking about sexual health rumours
Davidson started his set by referring to an “AIDS scare” he had following Kanye West’s rumours regarding his sexual health. Dissuading fan concerns about him “sharing needles”, “doing heroin” or having “tons of unprotected sex”, Davidson cheekily said, “No, Kanye told me I had AIDS and he’s a genius.”
He hilariously stated how West’s rumour scared him into believing it was true while tests said otherwise. He then referred to what Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney allegedly told him: “John Mulaney called me. He’s like, ‘AIDS? You should spread a rumour that he has polio!'”
Talking about Kanye West’s outburst
After addressing fan concerns regarding his views on long-time friend Jack Harlow collaborating with Ye, he joked about West hopefully pulling a Mrs Doubtfire someday. Mrs Doubtfire is the lead character in the eponymous Robin Williams film, where Williams disguised himself as a nanny to grow closer to his kids in his ex-wife’s home.
Kanye ‘Ye’ West decapitated Pete Davidson in his ‘Easy’ music video which used claymation avatars. Davidson referred to that, almost making fun of the incident before poking fun at West. Although he did not make direct references to his current girlfriend and Ye’s former wife, Kim Kardashian, Pete hilariously asked the audience, “Does anybody else secretly hope that, like, Kanye pulls like a Mrs. Doubtfire? I come home one day, and they’re like, ‘this is the new housekeeper.’ And, he’s like, ‘What’s up fam?'”
Referring to Jeffrey Epstein’s free plane rides
The notorious paedophile Jeffrey Epstein was infamous for owning a private jet, also called the ‘Lolita Express that carried young, underage girls to and fro between his residence in Palm Springs, Florida, and New York. Davidson referred to this by talking about how he always wanted to make a “funny” joke about Epstein’s plane, almost mock-defending the “dudes who took a free plane ride.”
Davidson compared flying private to commercial planes, weaving in a pretty controversial comment about paedophilia. He said, “So I fly with one paedophile, right? But if you fly commercial, there’s at least, like, five paedophiles. And you don’t know who they are. I know who mine is, he’s right in front of me, with a mimosa and some strawberry chocolates.”
Referring to the Chris Rock Oscars 2022 incident
Davidson made a hilarious reference to the infamous Oscars 2022 incident where Chris Rock was slapped on stage by Will Smith when he joked about Smith’s wife, Jada-Pinkett Smith having alopecia. Davidson alluded to the incident as a result of a cursed Knicks game that he visited last December with Chris Rock and Jon Stewart. The trio were placed under the basket and “ruined” the moment when Steph Curry broke the three-point record by appearing in the picture.
Davidson talked about how “horrible things have happened” to Chris and him ever since, and warned Stewart by saying. “So Jon, if you’re watching, watch your fucking back!” He followed it up with a hilarious mock jealous comment, talking about how he got decapitated, Rock got slapped but Stewart won a Mark Twain Award! He even calls Stweart a “lucky bastard”!
Talking about the hate he receives daily
Pete Davidson has been quite the controversial figure since the beginning, even before he started dating Kim Kardashian. From garnering hate due to his failed engagement to Ariana Grande to his unapologetic self, Davidson opened up about what it is like to be a “50-50”.
He said, “Either someone’s like ‘Hey man, you’re really cool, that’s great.’ Or someone’s like: ‘Hey yo, fuck you! Fuck you! Yeah, you!’ I’m always like ‘that can’t be me’.” He also talked about the difficult time he has been through since December 2021, referring to his personal life as worse than the pandemic. “It’s like Covid happened, and then another Covid personally happened to me,” joked the comedian.