Every so often — with increasing frequency, I should add — I come across a piece of news that makes it feel as though perhaps we truly are living in some sort of malfunctioning simulation. It’s certainly a more comforting hypothetical than the actual reality: humanity is falling apart. But that’s neither here nor there, especially in an article about a TV show.
This show — titled Bupkis — isn’t just any old show, apparently, as it’s not only set to be a Curb Your Enthusiasm-style comedy with Pete Davidson at its center, but reports indicate that legendary Academy Award winner Joe Pesci is, once again, unretiring to play a role in the series. The mindblowing cast list doesn’t stop there, as Bupkis, which will be a Peacock exclusive, also landed The Sopranos legend Edie Falco.
According to Deadline, Bupkis will be a half-hour comedy that tells a “heightened, fictionalized version of Davidson’s life and is expected to reflect Davidson’s real-life persona with unapologetically R-rated storytelling.”
Joe Pesci and Edie Falco join the cast of Bupkis, a Curb Your Enthusiasm-style comedy starring Pete Davidson
The high-profile casting completes Davidson’s on-screen family, with Pesci playing his grandfather and Falco his mother. For Pesci, who is a series regular, this marks only the second TV show; he previously headlined the short-lived 1985 ABC detective comedy-drama Half Nelson.
Bringing Pesci back to the screen is a major coup for Davidson, who is co-writing and executive producing Bupkis in addition to starring. In 1999, Pesci announced that he would largely retire from acting and has done only three on-screen roles since then, most recently in the 2019 The Irishman. [via Deadline]
Naturally, given the admittedly bizarre combination of talents, the internet’s collective brain broke when it heard the news of Pesci’s return to comedy:
Pete Davidson landing Joe Pesci for his sitcom is honestly wilder than Pete Davidson landing Kim Kardashian as his girlfriend
— Esther Zuckerman (@ezwrites) August 25, 2022
It's so funny that Louis CK – who tried and failed to get Pete Davidson fired from SNL – asked Joe Pesci to be in his sitcom but Pesci told him to fuck off because he didn't think Louis was funny. Now Davidson has snagged Joe Pesci for HIS sitcom while Louis remains a gross creep https://t.co/U5HQV3jsb5
— Giles Brody (@GilesBrody) August 26, 2022
the BRIDGERTON girl
and now Joe Pesci.
Pete Davidson must be the world's greatest lover, it's the only thing that makes any sense. https://t.co/3vNn2PBJzh
— H. Perry Horton (@hperryhorton) August 25, 2022
I can’t believe Pete Davidson is dating Joe Pesci now. The man’s got game!
— Bryce Read (@thebryceread) August 26, 2022
The Karmic commupance of Louis CK trying to fire Pete Davidson from SNL mixed with Louis trying to get Pesci on Horace and Pete but Pesci didn’t think Louis was funny. https://t.co/RwzTbcibdX
— Brendan Michaels (@genuinebrendan) August 25, 2022
So Pete Davidson is dating Joe Pesci. FINALLY.
— Diane N Sevenay (@DianeSevenay) August 25, 2022
HOWW did Pete get him to go back to acting https://t.co/ASPCKjjsak
— cee 🎸 (@SC0RSESED) August 26, 2022
We all know the trajectory from here:
“Taika Waititi returning for his final Thor with Joe Pesci set to take on the role of the film’s lead villain” https://t.co/xbylFEyI1H
— brennan klensch (@bkparadox) August 25, 2022
The King of Staten Island: Origins https://t.co/mnxfzMxrxs
— Sardaukarz4kids (@abndesigns) August 25, 2022
Bupkis will begin streaming on Peacock next year.
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