Pete Davidson is making his standup attendees sign $1 million NDAs


Pete Davidson is slowly reemerging after what I assume was a self-imposed respite away from the limelight. Although still largely absent from Saturday Night Live, he has appeared in a few bits and pre-taped numbers. And he’s going back on tour with his stand-up, which is a good sign. Or it should be, until you get to the part where he’s making his audiences sign non-disclosure agreements if they want to see him. No, that is not, in fact, a joke. According to a lady named Stacy Young, she tried to get tickets to see Pete perform at San Francisco’s Sydney Goldstein Theater. But after she bought them, the venue sent her an NDA to sign, saying if she told anyone what she thought about the show, she’d have to cough up $1M. A tyrant says what, now?

Whatever you do, never tweet at a Pete Davidson comedy show. The “Saturday Night Live” cast member has recently been doling out non-disclosure agreements before each of his recent comedy shows.

Most recently, fans attending Davidson’s standup at the Sydney Goldstein Theater were asked to sign a lengthy contract that forbade them from tweeting or instagramming any opinions about the performance.

One attendee, Stacy Young, originally discovered by Consequence of Sound, posted the alleged NDA on her Facebook. It stated: “the individual shall not give any interviews, offer any opinions or critiques, or otherwise participate by any means or in any form whatsoever (including but not limited to blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or any other social networking or other websites whether now existing or hereafter created).”

“I didn’t want to sign it because it was basically saying that I wasn’t able to comment on it or have an opinion,” Young told Variety. “The most you could say is ‘no comment.’”

After refusing to sign the NDA emailed to her from the venue, Young was given a full refund but there was no additional information as to why this was happening. “I called the box office and wondered if it was for a special, but they didn’t have any information.”

The fine for breaking said NDA was a whopping $1 million. “In the event of breach of this agreement, individual shall pay company, upon demand, as liquidated damages, the sum of one million dollars, plus any out of pocket expense.”

Sources confirmed to Variety that Davidson’s NDA would again be handed out on Saturday prior to his show at Chicago’s Vic Theatre.

[From Variety via Pajiba]

This is whole situation is so many levels of weird. Obviously, the overall issue is that a comedian is trying to silence the people paying to see him because he’s afraid of a bad joke going viral. If a comedian is afraid that their material is too bigoted for a diverse crowd, they need to rethink their jokes. Imagine the hubris it would take to assume that people would sign this thing just for the honor of seeing you? But they did. Some of them commented as such on Stacy’s Facebook post, saying it was worth it. Maybe because they knew this NDA isn’t really enforceable, so they’re not sweating the Davidson Squad coming for them if they mention to their great Aunt Sally they thought the show was “aiight.” I assume, however, many of them were trying to stick it to the PC police, at least the ones who bragged on Stacy’s FB post about signing the agreement seemed to be.

You can read the venue’s email and full NDA on Stacy’s FB post, if she isn’t forced to take it down. It’s cartoonish in its audacity, right down to the admission that, “Any patron who is unable or unwilling to sign the agreement will not be allowed to enter and will be giving a full refund.” I get it’s a minor typo but considering the nonsense they are about to ask their patrons to choke down, a bit of a proofread would’ve been nice (I know I’m not one to comment on this topic but I don’t charge you anything if you call out my typos). Not that I am not shocked by all of this, but I am baffled why no one would give any more information about why this NDA was put into place. If there was a reason, like filming, that would clear everything up. But giving no information on top of the confirmation that Chicago is about to do the same thing, all signs point to this being Pete’s ego putting a price tag on itself. Which begs the question, is Pete funny enough to pull this kind of stunt?




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  1. CariBean says:

    No, he’s not funny enough.

  2. MC2 says:

    Wow! That BDE turned into a big ego fast. Pete has escalated quickly.

  3. The Recluse says:

    So very odd.

  4. line says:

    I have never really understood how he arrived in SNL. He does not have a great comic talent and he is a bad actor.

  5. ariel says:

    I would get my refund and never desire to see him to anything again.
    I think his generation has been trained for fascism and obedience to it.

  6. Mle428 says:

    This has to be for a special. I can’t imagine any other reason for the NDA.

    • Mumbles says:

      I suspect it’s due to a lot of reports of him doing college shows where he is unfunny or strung out.

      I don’t think he’s very funny and I’m curious what his castmates think of him frolicking on the beach with his girlfriend the week of a live show.

  7. jenner says:

    well, he IS dating Kaia Gerber and all…

  8. Scarlett says:

    Bless his heart, he must think he is really talented.
    BDE = Big Delusional Egoist in this case, clearly.

  9. megs283 says:

    I do think this would be VERY appealing to a certain crowd. They’d feel super edgy.

    • otaku fairy... says:

      Yeah, that crowd would love it. Doesn’t this kind of NDA go perfectly with the mentality They and all their little enablers have, though? 🍊🍊🍊This makes me side-eye Pete.

  10. My3cents says:

    This is starting to look like Kanye territory. Scary and delusional.

  11. Pearlime says:

    PR stunt.
    And he gets way more attention than his talent warrants.

  12. Scumlord McCarthy says:

    Why is this guy the worst?

  13. Anya says:

    Is this to prevent comedians from stealing his jokes?

  14. lucy2 says:

    I think Pete, or his people, have greatly overestimated his work here.

    I don’t take issue with them trying to prevent people from recording and posting it, but saying you can’t even comment on it? Stupid.

  15. What. . .now? says:

    Ok, Pete. 🙄🙄

  16. CantTakeHerAnywhere says:

    This is bizarre. i almost wonder if it is because he is working on a special and doesn’t want his testing material to get out??

  17. Wow2 says:

    I dont think its necessarily a bad thing. With social media so rampant, things would leak and take away from the experience of a live show. Ans maybe it is for a Netflix or other special and he wants to save that experience for fans who will see it that way. His choice, his fans choice.

  18. Kristen says:

    I don’t know why anyone would go see him in the first place.

  19. Charfromdarock says:

    You’d have to pay me a million to go see him so it would be even Steven for me to break the NDA :)

  20. Original Jenns says:

    Considering it’s a legal document, there should be ZERO typos. And I rarely if ever notice your typos, Hecate, and if I do, I usually blame the source you’ve quoted lol.

  21. Adr1s says:

    He is only famous for the girls he dates

  22. Kate says:

    I am always rooting for him, but I seriously eye rolled at this. Part of me wonders if he’s doing this as like a not so inside “inside joke” to the performance comedy crew all commenting on the state of stand up comedy and social media. Dave Chappelle called out his crowds at shows on his recent Netflix special too. I think Pete thinks it’s hilarious, like he’s trolling those people he’s acknowledged really piss him off… but didn’t really think through how pompous and over him people could become.