Pete Holmes Is Full of Laughs

The Crashing creator and star sat down with the New Yorker’s Andrew Marantz to for a casual conversation about comedy, life and burgeoning fame. Here’s a snapshot of the conversation that followed.


Pete doesn’t think he’s famous. But he doesn’t think fame is a bad thing, either.

“I’m not a famous person. If you want to walk around Union Square I’ll prove it,” the comedian joked. “I relate to something David Letterman said. Fame for him turned the world into a small town. I was walking here and ran into someone who was like, ‘Hey, I’m a fan,’ and I feel like that’s the feeling people used to have in small towns going to the grocery store.”

Pete used the rhythm of his podcasts to influence the vibe of Crashing.

“A podcast is the closest I can come to a sleepover,” explained Holmes when talking about the flow and intimacy of the conversations on You Made It Weird. “The trick to making TV is to try to recreate the freedom you have [on a podcast]. You use all this effort to recreate what you make effortlessly.”

Good comedy is inclusive and interactive… like sex.

“A good comedian is open and allows the audience to have a vote in what kind of show it is. That’s why I always think it’s funny when you get a sense from the audience that they want you to be rough with them. Like they want to be teased,” observed Holmes.

“It’s just like sex. There’s all these different approaches to it and really you just want everybody to enjoy it. So you’re kind of listening to your ‘lover,’” he suggested. “I get very heady about comedy.”