Is the Petunia Tattoo Real? 😎 Danny Tamberelli from Pete & Pete Throws Back w/ NickRewind

Is the Petunia Tattoo Real? 😎 Danny Tamberelli from Pete & Pete Throws Back w/ NickRewind


– They’re like, “Hey, Danny. Could you do me a favor? If you go home and you shower tonight, can you put Saran Wrap on your arm so we can keep that Petunia fresh?” And I was like, “Yeah, I’m like 10 or 11. I don’t have to shower
at all if you don’t want. That’s fine.” I’m like, “Mom, Mom! The bosses said I don’t have to shower.” – This week, I’m sitting down
with the one and only star from The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Figure It Out, and All
That, Danny Tamberelli on Throw Back with Nickelodeon. I’m your host, Anthony Padilla, and it’s time for some adventures. The star of The Adventures of Pete & Pete, All That, and so much
more, Danny Tamberelli. You ready to throwback? – I am, I’m ready. I’m ready for this trip
down nostalgia lane. – Nostalgia lane is my favorite road. – It’s a great road. – So how did it all start for you? Did you know you were funny as a kid? – I didn’t know that I was funny but I was doing things
that got people’s attention in the form of laughter. – [Anthony] I mean- – So, I did know about
that pretty young, I guess. – [Anthony] Were you
like the class clown or? – To a point, you know, I grew up going to public school my whole life. So I would get tutored on the set, when you get tutored you end up just blowing through your curriculum because it’s one on one with the teacher, not in a classroom with 20 people. – So you’re basically a genius. – [Danny] So basically, no, not a genius, I would just come back and I
would be done with all my work. I had to be in school physically but then I would just,
you know, get in trouble being a class clown- – ‘Cause you already knew most of the- – ‘Cause everything was done, I was like, what do you want from me? – Yeah, you’re like, I’m
sitting here, are you happy? – What do you want me to do? – Look, I’m just gonna go
mess around in the back, okay. (laughing) Just leave you guys to do, I’ll tell ya, oh yeah, no, Jimmy, that answer’s 17. – What did you parents
think about the whole thing, you know, you getting
cast on a big show and – Well, at the very beginning
of it it wasn’t anything- – It wasn’t a big show yet. – It was this little, yeah, it was just these little vignettes and it would be funny to
see these little shorts in between other, bigger
shows that I would watch, I was like oh this cool. – So you were just watching a show and you would see yourself? – It would pop up, yeah. – You’re like whoa.
– Oh yeah. – Were your friends super
impressed with that? – Yeah I mean, they were fine about it. I went to public school so there was anytime my head started to get a little ego heavy.
– They’d bash you down. (talking over each other) – Well like when I moved in
5th grade I was the new kid, didn’t matter if I was on TV, and they were watching Pete & Pete. I was still the new kid so
I got picked on little bit at the very beginning, they’d tease me, they’d all sorts of things. But I got them to come around
because we shot in New Jersey so I figured out a way that I
could bring everybody in the 5th grade class on a field
trip to the set of Pete & Pete. – [Anthony] What? – And then they could be extras
in it if they wanted to be. So I got them in the show
and then I got friends. Isn’t that funny how it works like that? – That is so cool. Did you know that you were
making something special that held a place in so
many people’s hearts? I guess being a star.
– It’s a tough question because I was growing up while
I was shooting this stuff, so like it was a weird thing for me because I feel like Little
Pete and I shared a lot of similarities, but also
a lot of differences, like I wasn’t a big of a tough guy. – Right.
– In real life. Going back to it now and
seeing how people respond to it and how they’re you know, I see people with
Petunia tattoos for real. – Right and that was the tattoo that your character had in the show. – [Danny] Yeah, oh yeah. That is something really powerful because that’s a permanent thing,
that they care about the show that much and it meant that much to them, that they had to go and
do something like that. Which I get
– How does that make you feel like seeing a tattoo
– It feels amazing. It’s amazing.
– from your character. – It’s amazing, it’s really like, ’cause it effected me the same way, ’cause again like I was growing
up and I was watching it. And it was something
that I would’ve watched if I wasn’t on the show. – What do fans usually say when they recognize you in public? – You look so familiar
man, where are you from? – [Anthony] Do you have
to tell them or do they? – It depends, it all depends on how hard I can smell the wood
burning in their brains it’s like I gotta put this fire out, something bad is going to happen. Or like the people that look and walk by, then you see them again walk by. It’s like I know you from
somewhere, and it’s like did you go to Calvin Coolidge Middle
School in Des Moines, Iowa? – You’re like nope.
– Nope, didn’t. But sometimes I just let it go and I’m like did you watch
Nickelodeon when you were little? Yes, oh! And then it happens. And if they’re Pete & Pete fans, usually the next question is,
and I don’t know why this is because we’re all cognizant adults here. – What is it? – Is the Petunia tattoo real? No. – They thought an 11 year
old had a Petunia tattoo? – Seven year old even. – You were seven at the early state? Oh my god. – Yeah, so. – [Anthony] They thought you
were seven with a tattoo? – [Danny] Sometimes they get
intoxicated with nostalgia, it makes them lose their
rationale for a minute. – [Anthony] It’s ’cause they believed it when they were seven
year old watching that. – Of course. – And they just got it in
their head that it was real. – And then usually the person’s like I’m fully tatted up
because of Pete & Pete. – How did it feel walking around as a seven to 11 year old with a tattoo? – It felt pretty cool
because we were shooting in New Jersey, if I was like
off for a day and they were shooting, I would go
back to my regular school. So there were times where I’d
go back to my public school with the Petunia tattoo. – You still had it? – Because, well, we got to a
point where they were shooting and we didn’t have enough Petunia tattoos to get through whatever we were doing. – [Anthony] So they’re like
this is a lot of responsibility for you, you gotta preserve this. – [Danny] No they would be
like, they’re like hey Danny, um could you do me a favor if you go home and you shower tonight, would
you put Saran Wrap on your arm so we can keep that Petunia fresh? – That’s a lotta responsibility. – And I was like yeah, I’m like 10 or 11, I don’t have to shower
at all if you don’t want, like that’s fine. Mom, mom, the bosses said
I don’t have to shower, so, look look, I got carte blanche over here. The show’s been over for
three years, take a shower. (laughing) – I’m preserving the tattoo. So is it true that you
learned how to play bass from Iggy when he was on the show? – I learned how to play
a song from Iggy Pop. It’s a song called “TV
Eye,” which is a great song. – Did any of that influence
your music career? – Oh a hundred percent. I basically wanted to play bass forever, I’ve always wanted to play bass, I just, it’s what I gravitated towards, and when I was in elementary
school they didn’t offer it. So they’re like you can
play violin or guitar. – You’re like bass. – Yeah so I tried the violin,
I was god awful at it. And I was like venting about
my frustrations on the set and the prop master,
Dan Fisher, he heard me and the next day he brought
me one of his basses. He had a couple and he had a bass, he’s like I got a dog recently,
I can’t play the bass, I play the bass and the dog goes nuts. Like not into it, so he gave
me his, which I still have. – He gave it to you to have. – He gave it to me. And so that’s how I got my
bass and started playing. – [Anthony] So that changed
your entire life trajectory? – Yeah that was, yeah for sure, 100%. He taught us how to
play “TV Eye” with Mike. Mike, ’cause Mike played guitar. One day we were talking about it, he’s like next day I’m gonna come in, I’m gonna bring my guitar,
like we’ll jam at lunch. I was like Iggy Pop wants to jam with us. – [Anthony] He just wanted to jam? – He wants to jam at lunch. – [Anthony] With, how
old were you at the time? Eight, 11.
– 11, 12. – You’re just an 11 year
old jamming with Iggy Pop. You’re like this is normal. – Yeah, so he’s like
what do you wanna learn? I was like can we play “TV Eye?” And he’s like okay. And he just started playing it
outta this crappy little amp and it started smoking
while we were playing it, kinda blew it up. (laughing) – Like for real? – Yeah for real. – So I’m gonna throw out a few names and I’d love to hear your first reaction. – Okay. – [Anthony] To hearing some
of these. Michael C. Maronna – Michael C. Maronna was my TV brother. One of my good friends, he
was a groomsman in my wedding. – [Anthony] Whoa for real? – [Danny] Yeah. (talking over each other) Mike and I are still very close. We started doing these like reunion shows back in like 2011 or
2012 that were really fun and we didn’t wanna stop hanging out, so we decided to do this podcast, “The Adventures of Danny and Mike.” And I was like well this is my idea so my name is going first this time, pal. ‘Cause we all knew that he
was Pete and I was and Pete. – Yeah. – Just, you know, logistically speaking. – True, you’re definitely the and Pete. – So yeah. – Is that heartbreaking to
know that his name was first in The Adventures of Pete & Pete? – Not anymore. – Redemption. – Redemption, yes exactly. – Lori Beth Denberg. – Vital information
for your everyday life. I was terrified to take that
over because that was her bit. It was really, those
were big shoes to fill. – You felt a lot of pressure. – I felt a lot of pressure,
which is why I just tried to do it my own way and not copy her. – Josh Server. – Josh Server, Ear Boy. – Ear Boy. (laughing) – [Danny] Bernie Kibbitz. Bernie Kibbitz, one of
my favorite characters that Josh did, he hated getting into it because it’d take a long time. – Yeah he said it took like four hours. – Oh did he talk about it?
– Yeah, yeah. – Nick Cannon. – Oh Nick Cannon. – [Anthony] Yes. – We were Spice Boys together. – [Anthony] Which spice were you? – [Danny] I was Hairy Spice. – [Anthony] Hairy Spice. – [Danny] And he was
Sweaty Spice. (laughing) – [Anthony] Some of the
biggest 90’s music stars. – Oh man yeah. – Would come out onto All That. Do you have any standout
memories from those times? – [Danny] Oh boy, I got
to play bass with Wyclef. That was pretty rad. – [Anthony] That’s so cool. – Yeah. – Do you have any memories
that stand out to you in particular with Britney Spears? I saw something online about that one. Britney Spears.
– I see what you do now. Britney Spears, who is that again? I ruined a take of probably
the first performance that she did because she had a
butterfly tattoo on her back. She came out and we all came
out to like do the outro, like all right give it
up for Britney Spears. And like I looked and then I’m just like staring at it like oh yeah. And then they’ll be like cut. Danny, can I see you in the booth? And they’re like- – [Anthony] You got punished. – I got told in the booth they’re like can you not look at Britney Spears’ tush? And I was like I wasn’t, I
was looking at her tattoo. (laughing) – [Anthony] Yeah a likely story. – Yeah I know. That’s my story, I’m sticking to it. – So that take never made
it in, it never made- – That take never made it in, the second one did though and I- – You’re like very much looking forward – I was very much, it was
the weirdest outro ever. Thank you very much for Britney Spears, and like holding my head. – When you were on Nickelodeon
and you’d get slimed, you took it all the way. You would catch the slime in your mouth. – Yeah I went crazy. – You just went for it, you
went as far as you could. – I loved the reaction that it got and I loved that if I did
the secret slime action somebody wins a prize and
like, I was all about it, I mean I wasn’t giving anything away. Nickelodeon’s giving it away. (mumbles) I want them to have everything, unless the little kid was being a brat. I had a couple kids that were like you’re never gonna guess what I do. – [Anthony] And then you’re like – And I was like you know
what now I’m playing the game and guess what, you’re not even getting a pair of British Knights, sorry. (laughing) – Broke a lotta hearts.
– I did. – But only ’cause they broke yours. – [Danny] I did, it’s true. But I also sent a lot of
people to Cape Canaveral. – I never thought I’d be
able to ask some of this. What did the slime taste like? – It’s an age old question, yes. Well depending on the brewer. – Oh there were different brewers? – Different brewers. – They’re different flavors of slime? – It’s the amount of water
that you put into it. – [Anthony] Right, different consistency. – [Danny] Food coloring always the same. For Figure It Out it was
vanilla pudding and water, but depending on how much water you put in it was either more
liquidy or more viscous. I prefer viscous. (laughing) – [Anthony] You prefer? – Yeah ’cause it’s like- – Can we get the viscous slime today? – I would like the viscous
please because then at least where it hits, it kinda just stays. When it was more liquid
like it would just like- – Splash. – It would just go everywhere. And to bring it full
circle from not showering in Pete & Pete, I’d
shower four times a day on the set of Figure It Out
because they would slime me at least once a game. You know, we’d do four in a day. So I’d like get slimed and be like all right Danny go back
in there and freshen up. – [Anthony] Did you have your own shower? – Cleanest I’ve ever been. – [Anthony] Oh good. – Yeah. – What’s the biggest misconception about being a young actor? – That we all end up crazy and homeless. (laughing) – [Anthony] I haven’t
heard the second part. I have heard the crazy part though. – There is definitely a
stigma in child actors and when I went to college
part of the reason I also left was like I was a jaded 18 year old kid being like I’m always reading
somebody else’s lines, and I’m always taking
direction from someone else, like I play music and this music’s mine and like that was sort of
how I rebelled of like- – Creatively. – Trying to do, yeah. And it was completely based on that, even though the last six weeks
that I was doing All That, we were in the writer’s room and creating, and that stuff was really powerful for me. It happened in a point of my
life where I was just like this is great and maybe
I’m gonna come back to it, but I wanna do something
that I feel like I can, you know, that really is truly my own. And then I came back to New York and I started writing sketch comedy again and producing videos and
stuff and just getting back into being creative on that side which made me wanna continue,
you know, doing other things. Sometimes people don’t have that outlet, I’m very thankful that I had music as something that I could
like take as my own. – Yeah. – Because I feel, what you said, there are some people that go
through the ringer as a kid and they do a lotta fun
things, but they, you know, worked their whole life. And they didn’t necessarily find a hobby or find something and then
they’re left with like well I don’t have any
acting gigs to get into so what am I gonna do now? – There’s no sense of self at that point. – Right, right. So you know, and you
are vulnerable as a kid. I’ve had great parents you know? I would come back from
L.A. from doing All That and my dad told me that this
isn’t gonna last forever. – [Anthony] Okay, okay. – And I was like I know dad, I know. And he’s like you have to
learn the value of a dollar, so I talked to my buddy who
owns the bagel store in town and he’s willing to give
you a job on the weekends. – So you were able to live a normal life? – Sort of, but like people
would come in and be like I just saw you on Snick
last night, make me a bagel. You know it was kind of
weird, and in that moment, I was kinda like, I felt a little weird. And like I had a story that’s like oh I’m just helping out my dad’s friend. – You had to defend yourself?
– Yeah I just felt like, it was hard for me as
a 16, 17 year old kid. – It’s kind of embarrassing to- – It was, it felt a little embarrassing when they’d be like can you
sign my bagel bag and then like salt and pepper on
that bacon, egg, and cheese. But I wouldn’t change any of
it because it kept me grounded, it kept me, you know
understanding what it takes to like work and be a human,
and those things are important. And not all parents have
that kind of compassion unfortunately, you know stage
parents are a real thing, it’s a stereotype for a reason. Their first notion isn’t is
this gonna effect my child in a good way or a bad way? Like my mom nixed a couple big things that would’ve made me a lot of money. She used to say that I don’t
want you to do anything that makes you end up on the
psychiatrist couch later in life. (laughing) – [Anthony] Okay yeah. – And she was right, you know what, I have a clean bill of mental
health for what it’s worth. I mean I’m probably crazy, but I’m saying, but I’m not diagnosed is what I’m saying. – Keep it that way and you’re not crazy. – Right, exactly. – All right Danny, one last throwback. – Okay. – [Anthony] I wanted to ask you if this brings back any memories. – Oh my gosh that is Tasty. – That is Mr. Tasty. – Lemme just see here. (airy bell music) – [Anthony] Can you smell it still? (Danny sniffing) – Yeah? – It’s his. – It is his. Does it bring back any memories? – It makes me hungry. – [Anthony] Yeah? – Yeah. (laughing) – [Anthony] Does it bring back
any memories especially now? – If you do grand hand gestures like yes. How ’bout a, yes, oh yes. Now I’m sad that I wish he was here. I thought it was gonna be fun but. (music winding down) – Oh he’s back, thank you, thank you. I’m sorry it was too real. This was too real. (upbeat music) – All right thank you so much, Danny. – Hey my pleasure. – [Anthony] That was great.
– Thank you. – Do you mind playing us
out while we sign out? – Why not? – Yes. – Why not. – I’d love to see your bass skills. – Oh we gotta bass right here. – Got a bass ready for you. – What should I play here? (bass music) – And thank you so much for watching. If you have a favorite Nickelodeon memory, leave it below to join the conversation. We’ll see you next time on Throw Back. (lasers) (bass music) (laughing) – Bass makes you so happy. (laughing) – Bass makes me very happy,
bass makes me uber happy.

41 thoughts on “Is the Petunia Tattoo Real? 😎 Danny Tamberelli from Pete & Pete Throws Back w/ NickRewind

  1. A hilarious throwback with one of the Pete's and successor to Lori Beth with Vital Information. Keep it up!

  2. I was one of the boys with my older brother watching the series in 1994, the series was one of the best, although watching this actor brought me great memories.
    P.D: I kinda wanted to get a tattoo on that time for real!

  3. 31 years old and I’m still watching All That rewind and the adventures of Pete and Pete! I miss the 90’s. The original cast should all start their own All That.

  4. A man from my favorite childhood TV show All That I thought it was hilarious when I found out he was Jimmy in GTA V

  5. Please next time a NickRewind with someone from the Victorious cast. And also please ask them about the possibility of a Victorious reboot in 2020😋

  6. Danny Tamberelli was an original cast member on All That back in the 90s, they should have him guest star in an episode of the all new All That

  7. There needs to be a Netflix Holiday special made with Nickelodeon (like Rocko and Zim), and Have it be both "Petes" grown up with families living next door to each other (or sharing the house they grew up in).

  8. He was also Arnold on The Magic Schoolbus!

    Honestly, though, I really like these throwbacks. Anyone from “Salute Your Shorts” or “Dude Ranch” Available? Any “Are You Afraid of The Dark”?

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