Pete Holmes interview

Pete Holmes is more successful in season 3 of Crashing, but not much happier. The generally happy-go-lucky comedian is playing for churches and getting laughs, but he’s not performing like himself, worsening his struggle to find his voice or sense of self in the comedy world. Holmes – the character – hits some professional and personal lows this season.

While the Judd Apatow-produced series often shows the joy and camaraderie in Holmes’ standup career, it’s usually about failure and not always pleasant. The latest episode in season three, “MC, Middle, and Headliner,” tells a story about hate speech, sexual misconduct, and sexism, making the episode almost as much about the time we’re in as it is about the characters. In the episode, Pete, Ali (Jamie Lee), and Jason Weber (Dov Davidoff) go perform together at a cheesy comedy club, where Jason Weber – always the least progressive and self-aware character on the show – is confronted about his behavior and the sort of comedian he represents.

It’s a substantial episode in the entertaining but weighty third season, which we recently discussed with Holmes.

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There was a time when it was tough to avoid seeing Renée Zellweger at the multiplex, but these days you couldn’t find her if you tried. She hasn’t appeared in a movie since 2010’s My Own Love Song, which despite being Olivier Dahan’s follow-up to La vie en rose flew mostly under the radar. The occasional Bridget Jones’s Baby update aside, her name has seldom cropped up over the past few years.

But now she’s eyeing a return to the big screen, and her plans this time are more ambitious than ever. Zellweger is set to star in and make her directorial debut with 4 1/2 Minutes, a comedy based on the life and comedy of stand-up Dov Davidoff. Johnny Knoxville is attached to play the lead. More after the jump.

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