Oh man, do I love Pete Holmes! That's why I was so disappointed I didn't immediately adore his new late night show. Part of it was my fault. The first week was fine but I'm such a fan of Pete's, I'd seen the majority of the videos and opening stand-up bits he did already. Why bother watching them with commercials stuck in between?
The real disappointment was the interview segments - so short and poorly edited. (I know, I have a thing about comedy editing, but it makes such a huge difference!) Pete's great at interviewing people, that's why You Made It Weird is so popular. And Pete shines best when he's reflected off of someone else. The cuts were so obviously done, it made my heart hurt for the fun and easy flow of conversation from Point A to Point B that I had obviously missed. And then I had the terrible thought, "What about people watching who aren't Weirdos? They can't even see the potential!"
But I breathed a huge sigh of releif (in between laughing like crazy) at the Deepak Chopra episode last week. This is what I had hoped the show would be. Both the "Quotables" and "Profound, Profane" segments showcased Pete's charming goofball absurdity and the interview was charmingly random and 100% enjoyable. I'm leaving that repeptive "charming" in because Pete is charming and the show should be a vehicle for America to discover that.
I've found most new unscripted comedy shows have a weird first week or two, while all the network and production hands are messing around in the pot and nobody is quite comfortable yet. This last episode feels like what the show should be and I'm looking forward to more like it, so a generation of stoned college kids can fall in love with Pete Holmes the way I did with Conan and Craig Kilborn (remember that show?)