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Ex-Chicago stand-up comic Pete Holmes to star in Judd Apatow pilot

Pete Holmes, known to Chicago comedy fans for his years performing stand-up here, will star in “Crashing,” a comedy pilot directed by Judd Apatow just given a go-ahead by HBO.

According to, Holmes penned the semi-autobiographical show about a good-natured, wholesome comedian who doesn’t have a home after his wife dumps him. He ends up bedding down on the couches of some of New York’s top comics. The pilot is scheduled to film in November, and will mark comedy honcho Apatow’s first outing directing a TV pilot. He already has a strong HBO connection, thanks to his executive producing role on Lena Dunham’s “Girls” series.

As for Holmes, he previously has talked about his wife leaving him in his stand-up act and on his podcast, “You Made It Weird,” where he has mentioned John Mulaney as one of the comedians who helped him get through his divorce. Along with his podcast, Holmes had a talk show that lasted two seasons on TBS.