“Goodfellas” star Joe Pesci has joined Pete Davidson’s new comedy series “Bupkis” as the former “Saturday Night Live” star’s grandfather, Peacock announced on Thursday. Pesci joins previously announced “Sopranos” star Edie Falco, who will play Davidson’s mom.
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The half-hour live-action comedy is a heightened, fictionalized version of the comedian’s life. Per Peacock, “the series will combine grounded storytelling with absurd elements from the unfiltered and completely original worldview for which Pete is well known.”
In May, the “King of Staten Island” star left “SNL” after seven years, in a mass exodus that also saw Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney exiting.
Pesci, an Oscar winner for his performance as hotheaded gangster Tommy DeVito in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas,” had previously been nominated for Best Supporting Actor for “Raging Bull,” and was nominated again in 2020 for “The Irishman.” This is his first project since “The Irishman.”
Lorne Michaels will executive produce for Broadway Video. Judah Miller, who will serve as showrunner, writes and executive produces with Dave Sirus. Andrew Singer and Erin David will also serve as executive producers. Jason Orley will direct and co-executive produce. The series comes from Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Broadway Video.