Pete Holmes wins.
“Everything is now working together to take you from where you are in this moment to where you’re most afraid of going.”
These words spoken towards the end of Crashing's inaugural episode cap off a beautiful little beat; as aspiring comedian Pete reels from the cataclysmic day he's had, he receives a little bit of clarity and solace from the man who he just caught fucking his wife (for the second time).
With his stand up comedy and his glorious podcast You Made It Weird, Pete Holmes has been a fount of joy and stress relief, alternating between horrifyingly cheesy puns and real, optimistic, open talk about humanity and spirituality.
And Judd Apatow has found a fantastic, often unbelievable story to tell in Holmes.
Listeners of his podcast are well familiar with the autobiographical premise of Crashing: Pete Holmes is a budding comedian who comes home to find his wife cheating on him. By the end of the episode, he chooses to start his entire life over. It's more fun and optimistic than you'd think.
Pete doesn't see the impending danger in front of him; his unsatisfied wife (Lauren Lapkus) merely tolerates his lack of willingness to take risks in the bedroom. She also doesn't think much of his lofty stand up aspirations, while still letting him leave during their free time together to head downtown and do sets at dingy dives. The thing is though, he's funny. He'll get his break if he keeps pushing, but he's not quite there.
After he comes home early and catches his wife in the act with a particularly hilarious yogi (George Basil), Pete makes a beeline to a downtown bar, where he's whisked on stage for a stand up slot and bombs hard. It's this horrible bombing (complete with an ill-thought Syria joke that made me spit out my coke), that sets Pete on his adventure.
His plight grabs the attention of Artie Lange, who gives him respite over a slice of pizza, before getting Pete stabbed in the subway and eventually letting him sleep on his couch.
On a recent interview with Chris Hardwick, Pete Holmes spoke about how since Crashing features a huge line up of comedians, each episode will be like a comedy duo with "Pete Holmes & ________". If the first episode is any indicator of how that's gonna go, then we're in for a ride. Artie and Pete bounce off each other on a very snappy level, and they feel like they could honestly become good friends, despite Artie's prickly demeanor and Pete's loving naivety.
I'm very excited to see where this series goes, as Pete crashes on Artie's couch, pursues his dreams, and ventures outside of his comfort zone.
-Pete walking in on his wife and thinking she's just masturbating: "Good sesh?"
-"How is it that I’m stabbed and I still walk faster than you?”
-Pete on 69ing: "It’s like playing the banjo while you’re riding a bicycle. It’s unnatural.”
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Terry Erickson is a screenwriter, lifelong film fan, and all around good guy based in Baltimore, MD. He's driven across America twice, is obsessed with Back To The Future, and loves almost everybody.