As full of wit as it is awkwardness, as many charming conversations as there are clumsy sketches, The Pete Holmes Show is packed with potential, but will also require some patience until it becomes steadier on its feet.
Pete Holmes rose up the comedy ranks with his smart and smiley stand-up and built his fanbase as a podcast celebrity, which is to say, not a celebrity. After a week’s worth of episodes of the newest late-night show, it’s clear that Holmes’ biggest draw is his positivity. He is charming in his earnestness, and you’re almost always laughing with him because he’s always laughing at himself. What’s not to like about a guy who can so accurately state that he understands why people would be confused by his presence as a late-night host? “I don’t have that slick talk-show vibe. … This is the only universe in which I’m not a youth pastor.” And in that moment, you realize, Pete Holmes looks exactly like a youth pastor.
But a late-night show isn’t all about personality. It’s, generally, also about the guests and, occasionally, the extras: sketches, pre-recorded bits and/or music. Last week’s four episodes set up a pretty standard pattern for how The Pete Holmes Show will operate: sketch + monologue + video + guest.
So how did Petey do in his first week?
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