Though Pete Davidson meets musicians every week as a cast-member on Saturday Night Live, he's still 25 years old, and so has a couple blind spots when it comes to the music of the '70s and '80s. One of these, according to friend and comedian John Mulaney, is Steely Dan.
During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Mulaney told the story of inviting Davidson to see a Steely Dan concert.
The young comedian mistook the band for a stand-up show:
"[I] go to the Beacon Theatre and we run into Pete Davidson there, meet him in front, and Pete Davidson says, 'Who is Steely Dan?' And I said, 'It's a band.' And he said, 'It's not a comedian?' […] So I said, 'You don't know anything about them?' And he said, 'No,' and I said, 'Do you know anything about pop-jazz-fusion?' He said, 'No,' and I said, 'Pete, there's no way I can prepare you for what's about to happen.'"
The story takes a pretty crazy twist, so you'll probably want to watch Mulaney tell it:
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Apparently unable to follow the established tradition of sitting for the whole concert, Pete Davidson forced the entire audience to stand up.
Surprisingly, it was a huge success!
Watching this all I can think is...How does one hate Steely Dan? https://t.co/hyW4r6kTFt via @YouTube— Quinn Douglas (@Quinn Douglas)1544736705.0
Fans of both Mulaney and Davidson were huge fans of the tale:
SO GODDAMN WHOLESOME https://t.co/28iIW3gTP1— Robert Ostler (@Robert Ostler)1544579013.0
started my morning with this joy https://t.co/93jYdlZRmQ— Ashley. (@Ashley.)1544625602.0
Some Twitter users were in a state of disbelief.
john mulaney and pete davidson saw steely dan together and i don’t know what’s real anymore— lili horne🌎🌱 (@lili horne🌎🌱)1544573516.0
I still can’t get over the fact that John Mulaney and Pete Davidson went to a Steely Dan concert together— ratatouille’s monster (@ratatouille’s monster)1544667372.0
Mulaney's impression of his fellow comedian also got some major kudos!
John Mulaney making the perfect Pete Davidson impression with just one word. Your fav could never https://t.co/NCDyuwtagR— 🎄🅱️eric Snowflake❄🏳️🌈 (@🎄🅱️eric Snowflake❄🏳️🌈)1544619659.0
I'm here for John Mulaney's Pete Davidson's impression that shows up over and over in this story https://t.co/sX4pi55ZmH— Kevin Wardrop (@Kevin Wardrop)1544716506.0
The world is a little better knowing Mulaney and Davidson are hitting the town, seeing '70s pop-jazz-fusion groups.
One of the funniest things I’ve learned this year is that John Mulaney and Pete Davidson are friends and John Mulan… https://t.co/U6SgZUg9xt— nutmegh (@nutmegh)1544744789.0
Is it bad that the idea of John Mulaney and Pete Davidson at a Steely Dan Concert turns me on— cassidy (@cassidy)1544666406.0
@TheSeanCrandall Allow me to tweet some joy your way https://t.co/NfPZ1gzZfd— Dustin White (@Dustin White)1544556671.0
Here's to those who get on their feet. https://t.co/sakjkVncvT— Walter Becker Media (@Walter Becker Media)1544549609.0
This great story by @mulaney reminds me of when @bjnovak invited me to a Springsteen concert, warning me that he di… https://t.co/WhnKtAhymB— Scott Aukerman (@Scott Aukerman)1544553970.0
This one goes out to you, Steely Dan. Thanks for bringing two of our favorite comedians together for an unforgettable holiday tale!
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