CRASHING: a new comedy series brought to you by Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow
There's a new comedian in town and his jokes have Christian flavor and a recently acquired heartache. You might know Pete Holmes from his online show, The Pete Holmes Show. If you've seen any of his interviews, you know that he's shy, yet bold, which is what I would say about his new HBO series from its two episodes, so far. Crashing is produced by Judd Apatow.
The show has a simple, yet enticing premise. Pete is supported by his wife while he tries to pursue his dream of doing stand-up. But while he's calmly searching for his comedy break, his wife has lost interest in their relationship which manifests through an affair with a man that's the total opposite of Pete. When coming home one day, Pete finds his wife having sex with the new dude and leaves her, in a very polite and calm way, of course. From then on, a series of events take him through the harsh life of a comedian, including a few cool, famous side-kicks and a handful of new experience meant to challenge his Christian upbringing.
"In the world of 2017 comedy, Pete Holmes is a big deal, star of podcasts, stand-up specials and even a short-lived late-night show. In the world of the new HBO series Crashing, he plays a guy named Pete who is a very little deal, not really a deal at all. In the wrong hands, this is a disconnect that might play as disingenuous or downright annoying, but it's actually a clever perspective for Holmes' naturally unassuming comic stylings and worldview. This is a man who has built his podcasting career out of knowing (and learning) an awful lot about stand-up and comedy by looking back on a version of himself that knew very little. Created by Holmes and executive produced by pilot director Judd Apatow, Crashing grows with its hero, starting off as more likable than funny, but steadily getting more laughs as it goes along.
In this semi-autobiographical origin story set in the present day, Pete is a struggling wannabe comic living in the suburbs with his wife Jess (Lauren Lapkus). To say he's "struggling" might be an overstatement; his wife is supporting him and he periodically goes into New York City to do five-minute sets at open-mic nights where the price of gas, parking and mandatory drink purchases make his chosen profession a significant money hole. Without any personal urgency, his pursuit is pretty relaxed. But when he comes home one day to find Jess in bed with another man, Pete loses his marriage, his comfortable crutch and his support system." (The Hollywood Reporter)
Check out the trailer below:
"Crashing, the new HBO series that stars comic Pete Holmes as a slightly modified version of himself, is more than halfway there on both counts. It feels like something conceptually different because it follows an aspiring comedian as he couch-hops — hence the name Crashing — from one fellow funny person’s apartment to another. While its early episodes are still working through a few kinks, it’s engaging enough to belong in the well-done category, too. As is the case on most comedies built by and around their stars, Crashing stands out in large part because of Holmes, whose alternate-reality Pete upends many of the stereotypes some may associate with the wise-ass cellar dwellers attempting to crack up the two-drink-minimum crowd." (Vulture)
"Like so many of his fellow stand-up comics, Pete Holmes plays a version of himself on the show, which shares a lot of elements with half-hours like “Master of None,” “Broad City,” “Girls” and “Louie” without seeming overly derivative. The word “Crashing” itself has several meanings: Sometimes — well, often — his on-stage routines bomb; it’s not uncommon for Pete and his fellow aspiring comics to crash ego-first into a wall of audience indifference. But the word also refers to the weeks Pete spends couch-surfing across New York after he is dumped by his wife in the pilot’s opening minutes. [...] “Crashing” may end up being most popular among comedy nerds — I can only imagine the number of podcasts that will obsess over it — but even for those who aren’t fascinated by the world of stand-ups, the likability of the lead character and his willingness to play straight man to a variety of well-chosen guest stars is consistently engaging." (Variety)
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