Pete Davidson returned to the stage for his first show in three years during the first night of “Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival.”
During the sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl on Thursday, the “SNL” star brought up his troubled relationship with Kanye West. According to “Entertainment Tonight,” Davidson opened his set by referencing the time Kim Kardashian’s ex allegedly spread a rumor that Davidson had AIDS.
Davidson joked that he believed he had the deadly virus because Ye is “a genius.” He also reportedly quipped that being humiliated is “weird when you can’t do anything about it.”
Davidson has been on the receiving end of West’s attacks after he started dating Kim amid the couple’s divorce. Ye threatened to “beat Pete Davidson’s ass” on his “Eazy” collaboration with The Game, and depicted his kidnapping and burial in the music video. He also took aim at Davidson several times on social media.
Later in his stand-up set, Davidson went on to joke about Jack Harlow collaborating with West on DONDA 2, but said he was not upset about it despite his friendship with Harlow. However, he said that if his King of Staten Island co-star Bill Burr went to Sunday Service, it would be a different story.
The comedian also recalled going to a basketball game with Chris Rock in December 2021. “Before life was over,” he joked, noting that both comics had unfortunate things happen to them afterward. For Rock, it was Will Smith’s infamous slap at the Oscars, while for Davidson, it was having his head cut off in the “Eazy” video.
Ye has since stopped using social media and refrained from attacking Davidson following reports that he is “going away to get help.”
“Kanye has been laying low and focusing on healing. He is trying to disconnect from all the drama that happened between him and Kim,” a source told “ET.” “He is focused on taking care of himself, getting healthier, and removing himself from all the craziness. He cares deeply about his family and kids. They are his number one priority and he’s working on himself.”