Pete Davidson loses temper, calls Florida students morons and idiots for using phones during comedy gig
Actor and comedian Pete Davidson's appearance at the University of Central Florida (UCF) Monday night reportedly left a sour impression of him on students, with many accusing him of launching into an angry rant against them. The comedian showered the crowd at the university with expletives Monday as he interrupted his set to yell at his student audience because someone had taken their phone out to record him, according to reports.
The 25-year-old reportedly called the university students morons and idiots, according to tweets written by multiple social media users who were present at the event and a video of his performance which was posted online.
The video shows the Saturday Night Live star calling the crowd "fu***ng idiots" and asks them to "fu***ng grow up." He also told his audience they were an embarrassment to their parents and suggested they were the reasons the world "will end in 25 years."
Some students, however, were heard laughing at his rant for a while assuming it to be part of his set. The comedian also suggested he didn't want to be at UCF, called Orlando "the middle of fu***ng nowhere" and said the students could ask for their money back.
Davidson was present at UCF as the headliner for the kickoff event for the university’s Pegasus Palooza, the campus’ annual welcome to new and returning students. Davidson, in his rant, reportedly said the audience members were asked to not record him, however, some event-goers on social media said they did not see any signs telling them they could not have their phones out, according to Mercury News.
“Someone had their phone out recording a bit, apparently we weren’t supposed to have our phones out (I had no idea personally), and he got super pissed,” someone wrote in a UCF Reddit thread. “He told us that he’s gonna leave right now and give UCF their money back.”
A Twitter user wrote: "PSA: as funny as Pete Davidson seems on SNL, he was absolutely horrible tonight at UCF. extremely rude and UNFUNNY. He came with 3 minutes of material and a disgusting personality. I hope he was just having a bad day [because] otherwise I feel sorry for every person he encounters."
While another added: "My favorite part about Pete Davidson at UCF is when he told us we were lame and that he could just text up all his comedian friends and they would never come to our school as if he was Thanos or something." Davidson, who became a tabloid target over the past year for his breakup with Ariana Grande and Kate Beckinsale, has been vocal about his struggles with Crohn’s disease and mental illness, including depression.
The comedian is also known to leave standup gigs if he is annoyed with the event venue. Reports stated he had walked out of a Connecticut club in April, hours before he was set to perform because the club's owner had joked about his breakups.