Pete Davidson Makes Stand-Up Return After Suicide Scare

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The comedian did two sold-out shows in the Boston area Monday.

Pete Davidson appeared on stage at a Boston club on New Year's Eve, returning to stand-up two weeks after a troubling message left on his Instagram that many took to be a suicide note. 

The New York Times reports that the comedian did two sold-out shows Monday, one in Boston and one in a neighboring suburb of Medford. Performing in front of enthusiastic and supportive crowds, Davidson covered his regular themes such as drug use, but he also joked about his recent high-profile relationship and breakup with pop star Ariana Grande. 

According to the Times, Davidson joked about how his mother, a school nurse, has faced taunts from students singing Grande's hit song "Thank U, Next," which is said to have been partly inspired by her breakup with the Saturday Night Live player. 

According to E! Online, which had a source inside the show, Davidson also joked about Louis C.K., who made headlines earlier in the day for a recent stand-up set of his own, in which CK mocked the Parkland shooting survivors and people who use gender-neutral pronouns.

"I got a Harry Potter tattoo. Then the next day Alan Rickman, the guy who played Snape, died, and I was like, 'Oh, what a weird coincidence,'" he said. "Then I got a Willy Wonka tattoo. Next day — Gene Wilder dies. Now I'm like, 'All right, that's a coincidence; that's weird.' So I'm thinking of getting a tattoo of Louis C.K., what do you guys think?"

He added, "That joke used to be about Aziz Ansari, but Aziz has been nice to me recently."

On Dec. 15, there was widespread concern for Davidson's welfare after a message was posted on his Instagram that many believed was a suicide note. "I really don't want to be on this Earth anymore. I'm doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don't know how much longer i can last. all i've ever tried to do was help people," read the post on Davidson's Instagram. The account was subsequently deactivated. 

Davidson briefly appeared on the Dec. 15 episode of NBC's SNL in the wake of posting the disturbing message, but has not been in public until the two shows he did Monday. 

Jan. 1, 9:43 a.m.: This story has been updated to include a joke Davidson made about Louis CK, according to E! Online.