Pete Davidson, the charity cast member of SNL, was reflecting on his past summer spent in Syracuse while filming his new movie, which is currently premiering at Sundance.
(TU) “It sucked,” Davidson said. “The whole town of Syracuse blows. Let’s be honest, they just found out I was there and tried to arrest me the whole time.”
While driving home one weekend, Davidson was pulled over by police and charged with possessing marijuana. “The cops, because there’s nothing going on there, they were hunting me down the whole time,” Davidson said. “They tried to arrest me for bringing business to your town. Never again, Syracuse.”
First off, “the cops were hunting me down the whole time” is something that someone operating a vehicle while high on weed would say. When in reality he was probably driving hot boxing his rental while waiting for the stop light to turn green when cops pulled him over.
Second off, he’s not wrong. It’s easy for Syracuse to suck for anyone without an emotional attachment or lingering student loan debt to the area. It’s got a seemingly mundane industrial downtown, blurred lines between the student ghetto and the real one, and a school at the top of the hill with architecture good enough to swindle middle class teens into spending a quarter million dollars to attend it. I would say Syracuse is like Schenectady, but with more school spirit.
It’s easy for someone to visit Syracuse and write it off as a shit city. Especially when you’re accustomed to (then) living in a penthouse NYC apartment with the world’s biggest pop star. I’ve never been too keen on the city myself. But after my latest visit I’ve come to realize Pete is wrong, more than less it’s due to one thing: he clearly has not tried Pastabilities’ Spicy Hot Tomato Oil.
Pastabilites has been a staple in downtown Cuse for over 35 years and we recently shot an episode of Upstate Old School there and I was BLOWN AWAY. Their signature sauce is so incredible I got it as my appetizer and my main meal. It’s undeniably the best part of Syracuse, arguably above the Carrier Dome. A trip to Syracuse is no longer complete without a dose of this sauce. This sauce is a one way ticket to Flavortown.
Even Guy Fieri knows. After consuming this delicacy, Syracuse’s charm really begins to shine. The winter whip calms, the sun sets over Onandaga, and you notice Clinton Square has hella charm.
So thanks to the spicy hot tomato oil, I’m going to go on record saying that Syracuse does not suck, Pete Davidson does. He is a glorified addict who hasn’t contributed a single funny moment on SNL outside of ranting on weekend update. Dude has zero talent outside of deprecating his real life decisions for the entertainment of others and portraying some sort of addict in C-list movies. He’s a few years and arrests away from being the next Artie Lange relying on his Twitter following to come out and see him on his standup tour where he’ll headline a show at the Syracuse Funnybone. Maybe then he’ll try the spicy hot tomato oil and realize Syracuse ain’t that bad after all.