Pete Davidson has made it abundantly clear that he does not enjoy the sport of treating his dating life like a joke, which is very fair. So on Monday night when a comedy club owner used Pete’s personal life as a punchline, he pulled out of his scheduled performance at the club.
As the story goes, Pete Davidson left the stand up show in Bridgeport, Connecticut, at the Stress Factory Comedy Club. Club owner Vinnie Brand, apparently being facetious, told the crowd not to ask questions about his headlining comedian’s famously failed relationships with Ariana Grande and most-recently, Kate Beckinsale.
Davidson immediately followed up his departure with an Instagram video explaining himself. He apologised to the audience for bailing and said he would organise a free show in the next week for them.
“Hey, you guys in Connecticut, I’m sorry we had to leave the show before I got to go on,” he said.
“The owner, Vinnie Brand, disrespected me and did something I told him not to do, and I can’t perform under those circumstances,” he said.
Reportedly Brand tried to convince Davidson to stay and insisted to The Blast that he did not make light of Davidson’s request for a heckle-free zone regarding his break ups.
“What Pete did is total bulls**t and unprofessional.” he told The Blast.
But apparently Vinnie Brand played Davidson’s Instagram video to the crowd on a big screen, where people booed the comedian and yelled out expletives. It doesn’t seem like the behaviour that rings true of respect, but it’s up to you who you believe.
Audience members from the night have shared divided sentiments – some protecting Brand and some defending Davidson.
— Harry Chadha (@HarryChadha_) April 30, 2019
At the end of the day it makes sense that Pete Davidson would be hyper-sensitive to being treated like a punchline in one big joke about his famous ex-girlfriends. He’s copped the brunt of celebrity gossip-mongering in the past year, and now he’s fighting to have his professionalism respected. Seems fair.