Comedy-drama series ‘Crashing’ into sexism, harassment

In the new season of Crashing, Pete Holmes' struggling-comedian character has to contend with the fact that straight white men no longer corner the stand-up comedy market.
In the new season of Crashing, Pete Holmes' struggling-comedian character has to contend with the fact that straight white men no longer corner the stand-up comedy market.PHOTO: HBO

The latest season of the comedy-drama series tackles hot-button issues head-on

It is taboo for American comedians to call one another out for offensive jokes or misconduct.

The #MeToo era and scandals involving big names such as Bill Cosby, Louis C.K., Aziz Ansari and Kevin Hart have put pressure on other comics to publicly denounce them - yet Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes are among the few who have done so.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 24, 2019, with the headline 'Crashing into sexism, harassment'. Print Edition | Subscribe