Crashing: Christian in the wild

HBO's new series "Crashing" finished its first season on Sunday. As with many of the network's other comedies, I highly enjoyed it. The combination of star/creator Pete Holmes and executive producer Judd Apatow made this look into the stressful world of stand-up comedy heartfelt, awkward and funny, often in the same beat. But it's the show's spiritual side that made it resonate."Crashing" follows Holmes (playing a slightly fictionalized version of himself) as he tries to make a break in New … [Read more...]

“Popstar” brings the jokes, lacks the bite

At the end of the day, the only thing that matters about some comedies is whether they made you laugh.I can say upfront that "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping" did, often very hard. The movie throws every gag it can think of at the wall, and a surprising number stick. Lonely Island's digital shorts were the funniest and most subversive thing about "Saturday Night Live" for several years, and "Popstar" generates laughs that are just as big, even if it lacks their bite and focus.For the u … [Read more...]