Crashing: Season 2 created by Pete Holmes (HBO, Apatow Productions)

Starring Pete Holmes, Artie Lange, George Basil, Lauren Lapkus, and Jamie Lee.

Christians of a Particular Background

For Christians of a particular background, life as a twenty-something represents a reckoning. The belief system around which life operates through school and youth group begins to crack and fissure. The world changes. Simple and straightforward answers blend into a gray stew. What used to be obvious about the way things work—the way we ought to live—transitions as novel ideas and new people enter your life.

These conflicts shoot Christians in a variety of directions, like a centrifugal force pummeling Christ followers with unbearable g-forces before they fly away. Some Christians bear down in the traditions of their youth. Some Christians walk away, denouncing everything they once labeled as foundational truth. Some Christians transform their views into something different, but genuine. These transformations send people to different denominations, or even different belief systems.

Crashing as Route 3

At this third route, Pete Holmes approaches his semi-autobiographical series Crashing. The plot, established in Season 1, outlines the unraveling of a faithfully constructed life. Pete (Pete Holmes) separates from his unfaithful wife, Jess (Lauren Lapkus) and begins putting his life back together through stand-up comedy.

Season 2 doubles down on this premise. Pete continues to put in his time in the stand-up scene, crashing in the garage of Leif (George Basil), the man with whom his wife cheated.

Pete earns more gigs, continues his buddy-buddy routine with Artie Lange (Artie Lange), and works through the most traumatic phase in his life: the horizontal and vertical divorces with his wife and the God he worshipped in Evangelicalism.

The Limitlessly Awkward Life

In its stead, Pete doesn’t really have answers. This position makes establishing relationships incredibly difficult throughout the season. Like many Christians coming to terms with a bigger world out there, Pete lives a limitlessly awkward life. He doesn’t know how to engage in normal conversation. He doesn’t understand sexual ethics. He’s not sure what he believes or how he should act anymore.

But he does know that he wants to do comedy.

Crashing offers cringe comedy in spades, its questions about post-Christian living sit as a motif underneath the situational comedy. Given my background and interests, it’s my kind of show.

Verdict: 3.5 out of 5



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