Pete Davidson: Turbo Fonzarelli (2024)

Pete Davidson: Turbo Fonzarelli (2024)

Absurd dark comedy that's undeniably engaging but only occasionally funny

5.6

Movie

United States of America
English
Comedy
2024
JASON ORLEY
Pete Davidson
56 min

TLDR

This being filmed in black-and-white makes about as much sense as Pete Davidson's stories, so I guess the aesthetic choice tracks.

What it's about

The comedian recounts odd experiences with his mother, his stalker, and a Make-A-Wish kid.

The take

The new stand-up special from Pete Davidson won't win over any skeptics, but there's something to admire in how the comedian heads straight towards edgy material, tells us he's going to go there, and still manages to surprise when he follows through. Which is to say Davidson's audacity might be more impressive than any of his actual writing in this special, with a good number of his jokes highlighting the bizarre situations his fame leads him into, but little more than that. It's stoner comedy for better or worse—observations about a strange world from a hazy point of view that may not always be coherent.

What stands out

No matter the quality of Davidson's material, his delivery goes a long way towards helping the jokes go down easy. There's a reason the internet was once baffled by his ability to attract who they considered A-lister women celebrities; the man is self-assured and full of personality, and in a way that seems effortless. You almost forget how often he uses different voices in his comedy, because he really does come across as just a guy in a room telling a story to his friends. Again, these stories might not have much to say, but they're fun to listen to either way.

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