Co­me­dian walks out on gig

‘Satur­day Night Live’s’ Pete Davidson prom­ises free show

The News-Times - - WEATHER - By Amanda Cuda Staff writer Tara O’Neill con­trib­uted to this story.

BRIDGE­PORT — Bridge­port’s Stress Factory com­edy club owner Vin­nie Brand said he was caught by sur­prise when comic Pete Davidson left be­fore his Mon­day night show.

Davidson claimed Brand made jokes about his love life, which Brand whole­heart­edly de­nied.

Me­dia re­ports be­gan sur­fac­ing on Tues­day that 25-year-old Davidson, a stand-up comic and “Satur­day Night Live” cast mem­ber, left the show, al­leg­ing that Brand came out be­fore his set and said “don’t ask any ques­tions about his exes Ariana Grande or Kate Beck­in­sale.”

Brand said he was com­pletely blind­sided by Davidson’s de­par­ture. He said he never in­tended the com­ments as a joke — he was just set­ting some ground rules per the re­quest of his per­former.

Brand said Davidson had a spe­cific list of rules that he wanted fol­lowed, in­clud­ing that no one have cell­phones out dur­ing his per­for­mance and that no one yell out any­thing about Davidson’s exes. Brand said he was happy to oblige.

“I’ve known Pete for a long time,” Brand said. “I love Pete. I don’t want any of this to come off like I don’t love Pete.”

Brand said his only in­tent was to re­it­er­ate the rules with pa­trons be­fore Davidson hit the stage. He said he even cleared his com­ments with Davidson’s se­cu­rity team be­fore go­ing on.

“I was just lay­ing down the rules,” he said.

How­ever, af­ter his talk, Brand went back to Davidson, who told Brand he had been “hu­mil­i­ated” by the com­ments, and that he was leav­ing. Brand said he begged Davidson not to leave and that the walk­out could hurt the club. Davidson left any­way, and Brand had to go out and break the news to the crowd.


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