Comedian and podcast host Pete Holmes is teaming with super-producer Judd Apatow (Girls, Freaks and Geeks) for a new sitcom on HBO. The show Crashing is based on Holmes’ real-life experience of staying on friends’ couches as he attempted to put his life back together after his wife left him.
Holmes will both star in and write Crashing, with Apatow onboard as a director and co-executive producer. Holmes says his divorce served as the turning point in his life. Though he initially wanted to be a youth pastor, the broken marriage caused him to abandon his faith, only to come back eventually to a more authentic version of it. He told RELEVANT, “I’m not burdened with the label of ‘pastor.’ But I still see comedy as an opportunity to sometimes inject some positivity. So, the Christian in me likes to consider comedy a ministry.”