Tonight was the season finale of Crashing, expertly directed by comedy great Judd Apatow. This episode, the best of its brief 8-episode first season, should be a contender for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (finale written by star Pete Holmes & Judd Apatow.) The final 10 ten minutes, set at a Christian baptism makes a great comedic set piece wrapping up the season’s arc following Holmes’ split from his wife, played by Lauren Lapkus who has her standout moment of the season in the finale.
Pete Holmes should also be a serious contender for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. The Emmys love nominating comedians playing variations of themselves, and Holmes is a refreshing spin on that concept: an unfamous version of himself, struggling to make it in New York’s stand-up comedy scene. The series gives Holmes a lot of surprising dramatic material, in addition to an honest look at standup, and the pain of trying to play to empty rooms at 1am. Comedy-field voters may find a lot of relatable elements with the lead.
Perhaps shockingly, the season finale features a career-best performance by troubled comic Artie Lange (who appears in 5 out of the season’s 8 episodes.) While I’m not sure if he qualifies for Supporting Actor, rather than Guest, the season finale gives him time to both support Holmes as his only friend, while also having some scenes to explore spirituality. That last aspect is especially poignant (if not frustrating) given his recent drug arrest, and history of addiction. It’s the open discussion of addiction & jail throughout the series that also makes Crashing fresh. Yet its not exploitive, as Holmes’ wide-eyed innocence serves as a contrast to the creatures of the night he encounters.
Really hoping this series breaks through at the Emmys. It’s beautifully written, directed & acted in, with a lot of great Guest Acting contenders as well (specifically Sarah Silverman & TJ Miller, assuming Lange goes Supporting.)