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On Saturday (Oct. 7), Saturday Night Live castmember Pete Davidson stopped by the show’s “Weekend Update” desk to provide a humorous and heartfelt update on his recent borderline personality disorder diagnosis.
“As some of you may know, I was recently diagnosed with borderline personality disorder — a form of depression,” Davidson began. “Depression affects more than 16 million people in this country and there’s no cure, per se. But like for anyone dealing with it, there are treatments that can help. First of all, if you think you’re depressed, see a doctor and talk to them about medication. Also, be healthy. Eating right and exercising can make a huge difference.”
Davidson then took a humorous turn as he began explaining his personal remedy for mental health. “Finally, if you are in the cast of a late-night comedy show, it might help if they, you know, do more of your sketches,” Davison said.
When “Update” co-anchor Colin Jost asked, “Are you saying that you are depressed, because you are not getting enough airtime?” Davidson bluntly replied, “No. I was born depressed. But it might make me feel better if I was on TV more.”
An SNL castmember since 2014, Davidson took comical jabs at the comedy show. “This show is like eight hours long and there are 50 sketches a week. It seems weird you wouldn’t use one of them to fight mental illness, but I guess that’s not your style,” the comedian said.
After Jost proposed that Davidson could write his own sketches, Davidson declined the idea. “My sketches all suck, because they’re written by a depressed person. Lorne (Michaels) said that,” Davidson quipped about the SNL creator and producer.
Davidson then pulled out a mock doctor’s note to further elaborate on what SNL could do to help in fighting his depression.
“To whom it may concern, please use Pete in more sketches where he gets to kiss the host,” Davidson read. “And use more of his rap videos, which I hear are actually really good. Also, he should play Rex Tillerson a lot.”
When Jost pointed out that Davidson had no resemblance to Tillerson, Davidson was quick to propose a solution.
“So give me a mask. He looks like a muppet fell in a lake,” Davidson joked, as an image of a muppet appeared onscreen. “And that’s just one of the many jokes you’ll see next week on Pete Davidson’s first impressions segment.”
Davidson went public with his borderline personality disorder diagnosis shortly before SNL returned for its latest season, during an appearance on the WTF With Marc Maron podcast in September.
“Around October [or] September last year, I started having these mental breakdowns where I would, like, freak out and then not remember what happened after. Blind rage,” said Davidson.
After the diagnosis, Davidson has undergone a treatment plan with the proper meds, something the comedian has found tough.
“It is working, slowly but surely,” he said. “I’ve been having a lot of problems. This whole year has been a fucking nightmare. This has been the worst year of my life, getting diagnosed with this and trying to figure out how to learn with this and live with this.”
Watch the sketch below.
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