For youths with cable tv within the mid-Nineties, the gateway drug to hipsterdom got here within the type of a surreal Nickelodeon present referred to as The Adventures of Pete and Pete. The comedy, which started in 1989 as one-minute interstitial spots earlier than being developed right into a half-hour collection in 1993, centered on the quirky antics of two redheaded brothers, each inexplicably named Pete Wrigley, alongside a solid of eccentric neighbors. Children cherished it, however it additionally had road cred to spare through cameos from the likes of LL Cool J and Iggy Pop.
Whereas the present lasted simply three years, it could make a mark on each popular culture and the lives of actors Michael C. Maronna (“Huge” Pete) and Danny Tamberelli ( “Little” Pete) eternally. Learn on to seek out out what the TV brothers are as much as as of late and the way they’re persevering with to work collectively.
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Danny Tamberelli adopted up his time as Little Pete with a stint on one other Nickelodeon present, the sketch comedy collection All That, earlier than getting a bachelor’s diploma at Hampshire Faculty in Massachusetts. In accordance with his web site, the previous child star continues to be energetic in sketch as a founding member of the troupe ManBoobs Comedy. He additionally performs in two bands: Jounce, a “punk infused anthemic rock group” that has supported Polaris (of Pete & Pete theme track fame), and the Undone Sweaters, a Weezer cowl band and sketch group. Additionally an writer, Tamberelli and his spouse co-wrote The First Date Prophecy, a forthcoming novel loosely primarily based on their courtship.
After taking part in Huge Pete, Michael C. Maronna continued appearing into the early 2000s, most notably alongside Jason Segel, Devon Sawa, and Jason Schwartzman within the 2002 movie Slackers. He additionally studied documentary/nonfiction filmmaking at SUNY Buy earlier than discovering a distinct calling within the trade. For the reason that mid-2000s, Maronna has labored as finest boy or electrician on movies together with Be Type Rewind and Males in Black 3, in addition to on quite a few TV reveals together with Intercourse and the Metropolis, Ugly Betty, and the Toby Huss (Artie the Strongman on Pete & Pete) collection Dickinson. In an interview with Rewind It Journal, Maronna defined how an early curiosity within the technical elements of manufacturing (and a few encouragement from the Pete & Pete crew) led to his present work.
“After the primary season of half-hour episodes, the grips gave me a device belt with some instruments as a wrap reward. It was very candy,” he stated. “A few seasons later, I simply saved asking questions of the gaffer and ultimately he provided me a job after the present ended. My first correct electrical job was on a movie referred to as Six Methods to Sunday. I auditioned for the lead position and ended up driving the electrical truck for it.”
Each Petes are actually dads of younger youngsters and dwell, maybe unsurprisingly, in Brooklyn. Maronna turned a father to son Gerard in 2016, whereas Tamberelli and spouse Katelyn Detweiler, a YA writer and literary agent, welcomed son Alfie in 2019 (pictured above) and expect a daughter this July, in line with Tamberelli’s Instagram.
When requested if he would in the future share The Adventures of Pete & Pete with Alfie, Tamberelli informed The Ringer, “I would not be against displaying it to him once I really feel prefer it’s acceptable…Yeah, perhaps I would maintain off the ‘Subject of Pete’ episode [which includes a drug metaphor] till he might absolutely perceive.”
The 2 Petes fell largely out of contact after the collection ended when every went to school however coincidentally reconnected later, in Brooklyn. In February 2013, the 2 actors reunited for a Pete & Pete twentieth anniversary reunion for Humorous or Die. That September they started collaborating on their long-running podcast, The Adventures of Danny and Mike, the place they stroll down reminiscence lane, learn previous problems with Nickelodeon Journal, and host visitors, usually from classic Nickelodeon reveals. The 2 have additionally finished dwell recordings of episodes for audiences and toured in Nostalgia Personified, a hour-long dwell present tackling their previous as youngster stars.
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With all that point spent collectively reminiscing, an Adventures of Pete & Pete reboot would not appear far off. When requested in the event that they had been recreation, the 2 had been pragmatic in a 2021 interview with The Ringer—whereas Tamberelli felt the present “was a time and a spot and an ideal second, and it is arduous to form of revamp one thing like that,” Maronna interjected that they’d nonetheless do it “if the cash’s proper.”