Season Premiere Sunday, January 14 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on HBO
Feeling lost in the universe, Pete has an enlightening conversation with an atheist, which sends him into a night of New York debauchery. This marks the beginning of a season in which he starts to question his faith and find his voice. Created by and starring Pete Holmes, the comedy series draws on Holmes’ own experiences as a comedian, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the world of stand-up comedy.
With the help of Ali, a fellow rising comic, Pete explores the alternative comedy scene, a world of comedy nerds, apartment shows and no-drink minimums, where he begins to thrive. As he continues to lean on the hospitality of comedy greats, Pete explores all types of comedy, from benefit shows to the college market to roast battles. These diverse encounters test his enthusiasm and optimism, but also promise to make him a better comedian as he tries to survive the competitive world of New York stand-up.
Series veterans featured on season two of CRASHING include Lauren Lapkus (HBO’s “Animals.”) as Pete’s ex-wife, Jessica, George Basil (“Flaked”) as Leif, Jessica’s former lover, and comics Dave Attell, Dov Davidoff and Artie Lange, playing versions of themselves. Among the other established talents playing versions of themselves this season are Joy Behar, Doug Benson, Bill Burr, Whitney Cummings, Wayne Federman, Jermaine Fowler, Gilbert Gottfried, Penn Jillette, The Lucas Brothers, Eugene Mirman, John Mulaney, Aparna Nancherla, Dr. Oz, Jeff Ross, Bobby Tisdale, Melissa Villaseñor and Henry Zebrowski, while actress and stand-up comedian Jamie Lee (“Girl Code”) joins the series in the recurring role of Ali Reissen.
SUNDAY, JAN. 14 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT)
Pete has a chance encounter with famed magician Penn Jillette, who shakes his faith and inspires a questioning Pete to try living with abandon for one night.
“Pete and Leif”
SUNDAY, JAN. 21 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Pete decides to spend the day with Leif, who encourages him to be open to the universe. Their carefree attitude is challenged when the two find themselves at odds and in trouble with the law.
SUNDAY, JAN. 28 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
When Pete is abandoned by Artie, he is rescued by comedian Bill Burr, who takes pity on him and offers his guest room. As they become unlikely friends, Bill encourages Pete to toughen up and embrace his masculine side.
“Porter Got HBO”
SUNDAY, FEB. 4 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Pete tries to be supportive when a fellow comic at The Boston gets his big break. Later, he reconnects with Jess, who encourages him to find a healthy way to express himself.
FEB. 11 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Pete reunites with Ali, who takes him on a tour of New York’s alternative comedy scene, where they encounter a wide array of comedians and venues over the course of one night.
SUNDAY, FEB. 18 (10:30-11:00 p.m.)
Pete’s decision to organize a secret benefit for an ailing comedy vet finds him scrambling to put on a good show and facing hard truths about Artie.