Thursday, April 13, 2017

TV Show Review: Crashing

Pete (Pete Holmes) dreams of being a comedian but doesn't truly take his passion seriously until his wife Jess (Lauren Lapkus) cheats on him with a man named Leif (George Basil). Pete is forced out of his home and onto the couches of various comedians that he meets at the comedy clubs he frequents trying to find a place to perform. In the first episode, he has a rough time, getting mugged, bombing on stage, but comedian Artie Lange takes pity on him and invites him back to stay on his couch.

He helps Artie stay sober at a comedy club and runs into T.J. Miller who uses him for a ride and lets him stay at his place. Miller sticks around for an episode cracking jokes and accompanying Pete as he tries to salvage his stuff in a garage sale of his possessions. Pete finds work at a comedy club that is unpaid but allows him to get stage time if he barks on the street promoting the comedy show. He develops his routine and slowly improves throughout the season.

Things are looking up when he gets help from Sarah Silverman, finds a couch to sleep on, and even gets a job opening for Rachel Ray. The success gets to his head and he severs ties with the comedy club owner Jason (Dov Davidoff). Still, he holds out hope to regain the love of his wife Jess even begging her to come with him to a dinner with his parents to maintain the illusion that they are still married. Pete's parents are unimpressed with his career choice and think he could do better with his Christian upbringing.

Pete tries to maintain clean comedy though the jokes throughout the show are rather dirty. His foray into inappropriate humor loses him his job when he insults Rachel Ray's mother with a crude oral sex joke. Broke and desperate, he makes one last attempt to win her back but finds himself down and out once again. The show illuminates the hard work it takes to be a comedian while also delivering plenty of jokes about the lifestyle.

The underground comedian world has been in the spotlight on several shows and this one doesn't take off as wholly unique. Pete Holmes is pretty funny and you can see his humor grow throughout each episode as he practices and hones his skill. The show has a neat formula of introducing a new comedian each episode or so with plenty of humor to follow. I would like to see Pete achieve more success in upcoming seasons if it sparks enough of an audience to achieve renewal. 

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