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Interview: Judah Miller on Working with Pete Davidson and How to Watch ‘Bupkis’

Pete Davidson has earned a reputation over the course of his time on Saturday Night Live and as a public figure, and now he’s playing a role that’s fairly close to home: a fictionalized version of himself in the comedy series Bupkis. Alongside established actors like Edie Falco and Joe Pesci, Davidson shows the world a new side of himself, one that’s often equally funny and painful to watch.

Awards Radar had the chance to speak with Judah Miller, who serves as showrunner in addition to his duties as a writer and executive producer. He previewed how the series might catch audiences off-guard:

“To me, the exciting part about Bupkis is that, despite having an idea of what you think Pete Davidson’s persona is, or public image is, this show is going to be surprising and unexpected. I take great pride in the fact that you could grill people to come up with storylines of what they think they’re going to see in this show, and I think our show is not going to be in line with what people expect. And that was one of the goals we had with this show, was to try to circumvent expectation and to continually have the tone, be boundless and without rules in terms of where the show could go.”

On whether you should watch the whole season all at once or space out the experience:

“A lot of people have been enjoying binging things. I think people should watch this however they want to watch it. I know that a lot of people are going to be excited to be able to binge this show. I can’t begrudge people for doing that. My only downside is that we worked so hard on this for so long that people may end up consuming this in a day or two and then moving on. But I hope people enjoy it whichever way they want to enjoy it.”

Watch the full conversation below.

All eight episodes of season one of Bupkis debut Thursday, May 4th on Peacock.


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Written by Abe Friedtanzer

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