HBO’s “Crashing” is a positive look at the negativity in our lives. Comedian Pete Holmes stars in the funny, yet grounded series about a down on his luck comedian.
After catching his wife with another man, Pete moves out and pursues his dream of being a stand-up comedian. Constantly crashing on the couches of more successful comedians, Pete learns about the grind of the business.
The show is loosely based on Holmes own life stories of being on the road, which makes this show feel genuine. It borrows the formula from “Louie”, but that works for this show which is equal parts funny and sad. The show feels real, because it’s told in Pete’s voice. Too often shows create fictional comedians that have poor joke writing. Pete is a fictionalized version of Holmes and many of his jokes are actually his own. That’s what really sets this show apart.
At only 8 episodes, it comes in a little short and leaves us wanting more. Hopefully we’ll get a few more episodes with Season 2.
I will say that I’m not sure what the longevity of the show is with the current formula. I don’t want to see Pete constantly fail every week, but if he becomes successful the show might lose its charm.
“Crashing” Season One is out now on DVD, Blu-Ray, and HD Digital.
HBO’s “Crashing” is an 8 out of 10 stars!