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Review of "Crashing" 2/28/17 by Suzanne
Airs Sundays 10:30 on HBO

This is a comedy that really wants to be "Louie," but it's not nearly as funny or innovative as that one. Not that "Louie" was always funny - it was hit-or-miss. This one is mostly "miss." Pete Holmes plays a bad comedian named Pete. He's supported by his wife, who's had enough of his laziness. She cheats on him and then moves out. He's forced to grow up and make a life for himself. He befriends comedian Artie Lange and others.

The comedians all play themselves. In the first episode, many terrible things happen to Pete. Some of it is somewhat funny. Honestly, Artie Lange is the funniest thing about the show. They should have just given him his own show. Pete himself is just kind of bland and not very funny. I would skip this one.


Pete is a sheltered suburbanite who is married to his childhood sweetheart and dreams of making it as a stand-up comedian. But when he finds out his wife is cheating on him, Pete’s world unravels, forcing him to reevaluate his priorities. Pete flees to the New York comedy scene, where he crashes on other people’s couches, learning hard lessons about life and himself in the process.

Starring Pete Holmes and executive produced by Holmes and Judd Apatow, the comedy series Crashing draws on Holmes’ own experiences as a comedian, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the unpredictable world of stand-up comedy. Apatow also directs the first and eighth episode of the series.

Also featured on Crashing are Lauren Lapkus (HBO’s Animals.) as Pete’s wife, Jessica, and George Basil (Flaked) as Leif, Jessica’s lover. Among the notables appearing as versions of themselves on the show are Dave Attell, Hannibal Buress, Artie Lange, T.J. Miller, Jim Norton, Rachael Ray and Sarah Silverman.

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