Sorry, Pete Davidson Fans, but You Won’t Catch the Comic Without Signing a $1 Million NDA
Saturday Night Live star, Pete Davidson, has had a lively couple of years. Between his public relationships (Ariana Grande, Kate Beckinsale) and breakups (same!), the comic manages to keep his name in the spotlight. The latest reason his name made headlines has to do with a mind-boggling NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement). Here’s what we know.
Pete Davidson has been on ‘SNL’ since 2014
Davidson’s recurring role on SNL made him a household name. His debut came in light of the show’s 40th anniversary when Davidson was 20 years old. However, it wasn’t his first shot at the comedy circuit.
Davidson made his stand-up TV debut on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, followed by Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party.
When Davidson was 17, Actor, Nick Cannon, “discovered” Davidson and invited him on the “Fresh Faces of Comedy” tour in 2011, then made appearances on shows like Wild ‘N Out and Guy Code.
Former SNL cast member, Bill Hader, previously told Entertainment Weekly how Davidson landed the SNL gig.
“Pete Davidson — he’s in the movie Trainwreck,” Hader said. “He has a small part in [the movie]. I told Lorne Michaels about him, said he was really funny. And then they auditioned him for a piece, and Lorne called me to say Pete got the show. I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s wonderful!'”
Davidson now allegedly requires fans to sign $1 million NDA
While Davidson makes jokes for a living, many of his fans don’t think his latest bit is funny. Davidson is apparently having his fans sign a $1 million NDA before they see any of his comedy shows, according to multiple outlets.
Though the alleged documents aren’t public, one fan who made plans to catch Davidson’s San Francisco show before Thanksgiving posted screenshots to show her Facebook followers what’s involved.
“I got an email today informing me that in order to see this show I have to sign a non-disclosure agreement,” she said in her post. “In that NDA the signer CANNOT GIVE ANY INTERVIEWS, OPINIONS OR CRITIQUES about it in ANY form whatsoever including blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or any other social networking.”
She continued,” It also authorizes them to confiscate (including seize & destroy the contents of) any cell phones, cameras or PDAs and that ANY BREACH of the agreement will REQUIRE PAYMENT OF $1 MILLION in damages as well as the legal costs.”
The fan made it clear she wasn’t offended by the confiscation of phones but claimed the rest was “over the top.”
“I get that comedians are protective of their jokes and don’t want their routines rebroadcast, but it’s rather Orwellian to not allow anyone to share an opinion on it. Don’t perform for the public if you don’t want people to have an opinion about it!”
Davidson’s show will go on whether fans sign the NDA or not
Though it may sound like a lot at first read, Davidson has been asking fans to sign NDAs since his Minneapolis comedy show on Nov. 7, according to Consequences of Sound.
Fans who don’t sign will allegedly not be allowed to see the show but may be eligible for a refund. It all comes down to how much you want to see Davidson’s act.
Despite the controversy surrounding the NDAs and public relationships, the Staten Islan native has a full slate. He’ll star in the forthcoming The Jesus Rolls and The Suicide Squad, as well as the Universal comedy Staten Island.