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It's great, actually. Check it out.
Watching comics fail (in this quasi-reality tv format) goes back at least as far as Gary Shandling Show, so I suppose it's a bit refreshing to watch things turn around and go Pete's way for a change.
(All that, plus Madeline Wise is a treat to watch!)
I'm not a huge fan of the urban-fantasy of suburbia life. It's tired and overused; People have been watching these same jokes since 'Saturday Night Live' first started. That old "everything looks perfect on the outside, but you just know it's f'd up on the inside" ... I get that it's semi-autobiographical, but it's also a cliché. It's not funny. It's 1990's water-cooler talk, "Mr. Suburbanite with his 9-5 job has a dissatisfied wife at home who's banging some dirty hippie." Yawn. Drop that shtick.
What is likable about 'Crashing' is the interactions and dialogue.
A. Pete riding the train (with that miserable look on his face) and he opens up to the kids sitting around him.
B. I loved his conversations with Artie and I could care less about Artie Lange. What made me enjoy the two of them together was the feeling that they've probably had these conversations IRL.
C. The competition between struggling comedians where they'll kick you when you're down. I want more of that.
It felt REAL. It felt HONEST. It held my attention. Everyone has something crappy going on, you don't need to shove it down our throats for people to get it.
While Pete's robotic stature & confused face doesn't offer much of a performance; 'Crashing' itself is well-acted. As I stated before, the dialogue feels like it really happened. The puns and jokes make up for some background filler, but keep the focus grounded and on the drama. Stop forcing jokes as if the audience were ignorant and allow the humor to come more naturally.
Mind you, I am 1 episode in and I'm sticking around for the next episode. The inclusion of guest stars is the biggest push here.
It may seem all "sweet", but there are some dark edges also mixed in.
Really interesting characters and fantastically crafted dialogue.
There is no doubt that Pete Holmes and Judd Apatow are two very decent human beings, and that decency vibe shines through when watching this. For some people with little or no souls, this might be a difficult series to watch.
Thank you to Pete and Judd for bringing me such enjoyment in an often grim world!
We have so lack of "kind", emotional shows nowadays. idk why, but it is what it is, and that's a pity. But "Crashing" is the one show. It doesn't want to be hilarious as hell or making super-interesting scenario. It's simple and kind, and in this simpleness it's great. Really, guys, you need to watch it.
Thank you, Pete Holmes for great journey, and exciting "finale" :)
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.
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