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Pete Davidson to headline Rochester Fringe Festival 2024

The Rochester Fringe Festival continues its lineup of high-profile comedy headliners, bringing Pete Davidson to Rochester on September 13 as part of the festival.

Davidson is known for his stand-up, his years as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” and his movies and TV shows, some of which have been semi-autobiographical.

The festival has brought to town some of the most recognized comics in the field, including John Mulaney, Eddie Izzard, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, Mike Birbiglia and Tig Notaro.

Davidson is scheduled to appear in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater for a show at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost between $45 and $129 (plus an $8 ticketing fee) and are available online at rochesterfringe.com. Audience members must be 18 years of age or older.

From ‘SNL’ to new phase of career

Davidson’s comedic chops have long been known — his visits to “Weekend Update” segments were often “SNL” highlights — but in recent years he’s also plumbed the depths of his own life for humor, even if it’s sometimes laced with pain.

The movie “The King of Staten Island” starred Davidson as a character who, like him, lost a firefighter. Davidson’s father died in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

Additionally, his Peacock network show, “Bupkis,” focused on a character who, like Davidson, struggled with addiction and turned to rehab.

With a goofy charm and a fashion style that borders on edgy chic, Davidson manages to poke fun at himself in an endearing way that seems inauthentic to most.

On one of his recent “SNL” visits, his “I’m Just Pete” skit was a hilarious musical nod to “I’m Just Ken” from the hit movie “Barbie.” In the skit, Davidson sings about his extensive dating history – Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale and Kim Kardashian are among his previous partners – and the surprise that his love life is too many, given his hangdog face.

“Because I’m just Pete,” he sings. “Anyone else would be a three. But I guess I’m hot for dudes in comedy, because it’s an ugly business.”

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