Fox‘s Night of Comedy showcase at the Improv last fall featured then-19-year-old comedian Pete Davidson. The network brass loved him and quickly signed him to a talent holding deal. After a small guest-starring role on Fox’s freshman comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which marked his first TV acting gig, Davidson got his first network test for Fox’s comedy pilot Sober Companion and landed the role on the spot, with Fox casting executives bullish on his breakout potential.
A native of Staten Island, NY, Davidson started his career in comedy at a young age, using it as a therapeutic outlet after losing his father, a New York City firefighter, on 9/11. Making his rounds in the New York comedy scene, he was spotted by Nick Cannon who took him under his wing. Davidson was a semi-regular on the revival of Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out improv comedy series on MTV2 last year, leading to a gig on the MTV2 comedy/reality show Guy Code. Davidson, who dropped out of college, made his film acting debut in Cannon’s direct-to-video School Dance.
Written/exec produced by David S. Rosenthal and Jennie Snyder Urman, Sober Companion centers on Robert, a charming but self-destructive attorney who finds his world turned upside down when Jeremy, a court-appointed, and highly unconventional, sober companion, takes control of his life. Davidson, repped by ICM Partners and CH Entertainment, will play Derek, Robert’s assistant who doubles as a pot dealer. Here is a look at Davidson’s stand-up: