Here’s the article, from Slate.com The overall point is that that Davidson brings SNL into 2018 because it’s himself he’s putting out there, not a made-up character. The article examines his relationship with Ariana Grande, but here are some quotes where Eric Harvey, the author, gets to his general point toward the end:
“Stand-up comedy is always an exaggerated performance of the self, but on SNL, stand-ups have traditionally subsumed their self-examinations for the good of the ensemble”..
….”[However,] for much of this season, the show—and maybe more importantly in 2018, the post-show coverage—has revolved around Pete Davidson. And not Pete Davidson, the sketch performer: Pete Davidson, the persona”…..
….”Though he underperforms elsewhere on the show, Davidson strongly appeals to a cohort of online self-branders who suffer more depressive episodes than any other age group and who are now tuning in to their grandparents’ favorite show to watch Davidson’s endearingly awkward self-revelations. Davidson might have deleted Instagram because the internet didn’t make him feel good—but who needs social media when your personal platform is broadcast live from 30 Rock?”