- During an appearance on the “Tonight Show” Monday night, comedian John Mulaney spoke about taking “SNL” cast member Pete Davidson to a Steely Dan concert.
- Mulaney says he’s been going to Steely Dan concerts for 12 years, but no one has ever stood for the show.
- That changed this year when Davidson stood up and got everyone around him to follow suit.
- Mulaney invited Davidson to the show shortly after the younger comedian’s break-up with Ariana Grande.
Comedian John Mulaney shared the hilarious story behind one of his recent Instagram posts, which showed “SNL” cast member Pete Davidson getting everyone to stand up at a Steely Dan concert.
Mulaney posted video of the moment Davidson brought the crowd at the Beacon Theatre in New York City to their feet back in October, soon after Davidson had broken up with Ariana Grande.
During an appearance on the “Tonight Show” Monday night, 36-year-old Mulaney gave more comical details of their night out.
Mulaney says he’s been going to Steely Dan concerts with his best friend, Kevin, for 12 years, and this year he invited 25-year-old Davidson to come along. Mulaney says Davidson agreed to go without asking any questions.
At the last minute, Mulaney’s wife, Anna, decided to tag along as well, even though she hates the band, because she wanted to get out of the house.
They met a confused Davidson at the theatre, who assumed Steely Dan was a comedian.
“So I said, ‘Pete, you don’t know anything about them?’ And he said, ‘No.’ And I said, ‘Do you know anything about pop jazz fusion?’ And he said, ‘No.’ And I said, ‘Pete, there is no way I can prepare you for what’s about to happen,'” Mulaney recalled.
He says his wife then took Pete by the shoulders and said, “Pete, this is gonna be awful.”
Mulaney went on to explain that the audience for Steely Dan shows “is not young” and that people tend to stay in their seats and listen to the music rather than stand.
‘This has been the protocol for decades at the Beacon,” he said.
During a song called “Josie,” Mulaney says one woman stood up and got shouted at to “Sit down! Sit down!”
It wasn’t long before Davidson cracked.
As Mulvaney told it: “And then Pete Davidson says, ‘I can’t take this.’ And he turns to the row behind him. He goes, ‘If I stand, will you stand?’ And they go, ‘We’ll stand.’ And then Pete goes, ‘All right.’ So he stands, so the row behind us stands, so the row behind them stands. Then he goes, ‘Come on!’ And then by the time they were playing ‘My Old School,’ the entire Beacon is on its feet.”
Even Mulaney’s wife started dancing.
“So two guys who love Steely Dan, a guy that didn’t know what Steely Dan was, and a woman who hates Steely Dan got the Beacon on their feet,” Mulaney said. “It was a Christmas miracle.”