Crashing, the Judd Apatow-produced HBO show in which podcaster extraordinaire Pete Holmes plays an aspiring standup rebounding from a split with his wife, was renewed for season two a couple of months ago, and now it’s back on the streets of New York. A posting on Bedford Avenue indicates it’ll be filming in the heart of Williamsburg on Monday, June 5.
Much of last season’s action occurred in Greenwich Village, where Holmes’s character barked for the Boston Comedy Club and jockeyed for sets along with comics like the one played by Brooklyn fixture Aparna Nancherla. (The Boston Comedy Club was an actual venue; Comedy Village now occupies its subterranean space on MacDougal Street.)
One of the comics that lets lovelorn Pete crash on his couch in season one is Artie Lange, who has said that he was fired from the show after he was busted for heroin and cocaine possession in March. HBO denied that, and Holmes told the Post that he wanted the former Howard Stern sidekick back for season two. And yeah, it looks like he will be:
My salary for Crashing season 1 Was 15 thousand dollars an episode. My season 2 salary is 17,500 dollars an episode. 2500 more!!!
— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) May 21, 2017
Leif, the new-age buffoon who breaks up Pete’s marriage, will also return, Holmes told Entertainment Weekly.
It’s uncertain what, exactly, Crashing will be doing on Bedford Avenue. Maybe Pete meets up with Hannibal Buress, ambassador to Williamsburg? Maybe he does a set at Matchless or the Knitting Factory? Pete’s character on the show is just dorky enough not to realize that the standup scene is mostly in East Williamsburg and Bushwick these days.