“Bill Burr” – Crashing Review

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Chad White

Crashing
“Bill Burr”
Season 2, Episode 3
HBO

I dipped my beak.

There are two sides to every great comedian. The one the public sees most often is the one from the stage. But, what we don’t see, is the familial nature many comedians seem to possess. Conan O’Brien is a people pleaser but when it’s family time, it’s family time. Whitney Cummings can be cutting and loud but she’s a very nice person on podcasts and other non-performing venues. Even Pete Holmes can be a little down on himself just as he can champion finding one’s self happy with what life allots. This week’s episode of Crashing introduced Pete to another legendary comedian in Bill Burr. What the viewer learned is that Burr can be as forgiving and chummy as he is ruthless on stage.

What an episode “Bill Burr” was. It wasn’t the funniest nor was it game changing but so many good things happened that helped it stand out. Burr is such a good comedian and having him act next to Holmes is enlightening. He can deliver jokes in such a manner, they feel natural and not prewritten. Obviously, Holmes is still learning (like Marc Maron’s turn in his series; the first couple of seasons were hard to watch his acting) so there’s room to grow.

Pete needs a new place to stay after leaving the holding cell. Artie offers and subsequently ditches him so Burr offers to take Pete in. Burr’s house is giant but his family is tight knit, consisting of a baby and his wife. Although he’s mean on stage, the comedian is shown to have a tender side. Even his request that Pete not be so much himself so that the two can have male bonding. This episode is an example of a story taking unexpected turns and paying them off. Look at the back half of the episode that results in Pete accidentally getting representation. It wasn’t a big affair but at least he got it.

One of the most prominent subjects in this week’s episode (and possibly this season) is some one trying to convince Pete to pummel Leif. There’s a lot of animosity there. Leif slept with Pete’s wife. Leif destroyed Pete’s wedding ring. Leif drugged Pete with weed oil. Pete’s not that type of person but he allows the anger to take over. He storms out of Burr’s home, angrily rides the subway and stomps his way back to the familiar stoop only to lose the anger almost immediately. As Pete puts it: “He’s a hard guy to stay mad at.” There’s going to be a point in which Pete loses it. And it’s coming soon.

Should you watch “Bill Burr?”

There’s a lot of good here. Why not?