What was supposed to be a night of fun at Comedy Knight quickly turned sour after headliner Pete Davidson called out the crowd for being on their phones during his set.
After the first day of classes, UCF students headed to the Addition Financial Arena to kick off UCF's Pegasus Palooza tradition which featured a Davidson stand-up performance this year. The 25-year-old comedian is best known for his roles on "Saturday Night Live," a live television show featuring comedy sketches.
“You should all f*****g grow up, it says no phones on there,” Davidson told the crowd, referring to signs around the arena. “I have to have my boy patrol you guys like you’re five years old? That’s embarrassing.”
About 25 minutes into his set, a member of Davidson’s entourage approached the stage and told the comedian that students were recording him. Davidson immediately stopped the show.
In a YouTube video posted by audience member Jade Campbell, Davidson speaks directly to the crowd for almost a minute and a half.
“Whenever somebody else comes to your town and wants to perform and is exhausted and flies all the way to the middle of f*****g nowhere to do jokes for you privileged little a******s, don’t ruin the f*****g show for people who actually want to be here," Davidson said.
He also threatened to end the show early and said he would give attendees their money back if the crowd continued to be on their phones.
“I don’t have to do these shows," Davidson said. "These are just for fun and are supposed to be fun."
Hundreds of students were left confused by his remarks. Some students were unsure if Davidson was acting or if he was actually upset with the crowd.
“I’ve never seen him before, so I wasn’t sure if it was part of the show or not,” Peyton Lewis, a junior business administration major, said.
Other students walked out of the arena minutes after the incident. Karina Otero, a sophomore Valencia student, said she felt uncomfortable for the rest of the show.
“It really brought the mood down,” said Otero. “I would’ve wanted my money back if he would have left.”
Numerous students took to twitter afterward to express their dissatisfaction with Davidson’s set, while others defended him and his dark humor.
Ok, as debatably the closest person in the audience to Pete Davidson at UCF tonight all I have to say that was definitely a bad time. Luckily, UCF will never have to experience anything like that again because Pete txt all his homies to avoid our awful school— Shelby Newman (@snewmann_) August 27, 2019
If by any miracle Pete Davidson sees this, I would like to formally apologize for the inappropriate behavior exhibited tonight by the UCF audience. You shouldn’t be filming a stand up. They do these college shows to practice material. If you don’t have respect for it don’t come.— lauren. (@laurenparq) August 27, 2019
An Instagram promotion posted by the Campus Activities Board on Aug. 2 did not make clear that phones were not allowed at the venue. Acushla Jagannathan, Director of CAB Comedy, did not comment on the issue at the time of publication.
Minutes before the show ended, Davidson acknowledged that he made the crowd feel uncomfortable and extended his set by approximately 10 minutes to do a question and answer section.
Students should be on the lookout for more Pegasus Palooza events throughout the week. On Friday starting at 7 p.m., CAB will host Movie Knight at Lake Claire featuring the live action remake of Aladdin. Students are encouraged to bring blankets and towels to sit on.