2018 was a rough year for a lot of people, but the year proved to be particularly hard on Pete Davidson, following a whirlwind romance and involvement with Ariana Grande and some very public struggles with mental health. His return to the Weekend Update desk in 2019 enabled Davidson to address his own well-being, but additionally allowed Davidson an excuse to invite John Mulaney into SNL to talk about The Mule, a film starring, and directed by, Clint Eastwood.
At December of 2019, Davidson posted a message on Instagram saying”I really don’t want to be on this Earth anymore. I am doing my best to remain here for you but I really don’t know how much longer I can last. All I have ever tried to do was help people. Just remember I told you so.” Indiewire reports that soon after the post, several different celebrities publicly expressed concern, along with the NYPD soon performed a health check and verified that Davidson was 30 Rockefeller Plaza rehearsing for SNL. Pete Davidson’s only appearance on the last SNL of 2019 revealed him introducing a musical act, which makes his return to the Weekend Update desk — a place where he’s frequently spoken about his life — an opportunity to address the world on how he’s been. Rather, he brought out Mulaney to make fun of a film where Clint Eastwood directs himself using multiple threesomes.
Though the Weekend Update segment was largely devoted to the two comedians exchanging barbs about The Mule, they both claimed to have observed about the movie’s opening day and is roughly Clint Eastwood working as a drug mule, the two nevertheless found time to bring some levity to the proceedings. We’re glad you are okay… back to The Mule.”
While the section arguably made light of what seems to have been a challenging period for Pete Davidson, the segment also reveals how the cathartic nature of cracking jokes and making fun of something as absurd as a movie which, according to Mulaney and Davidson, resembles if the time that Clint Eastwood talked to an empty chair at the 2012 Republican National Convention became a film. Davidson, specifically, broke many times throughout the performance at a segment that not only attracted acclaim on Twitter, but appeared to inspire pleasure in others that we’re pleased to observe that Davidson had been having fun about SNL, and lauded the comedic pairing of Mulaney and Davidson. Both SNL alum is performing shows at the greater tri-state area around New York, implying their review of The Mule will not be the last time that these two comedians work together, and that while The Mule might not have been the movie that Mulaney and Davidson expected, taking into the movie might have been the start of a beautiful friendship.
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