It’s a stroke of luck for Pete Holmes.
The comedian said his new CBS sitcom, “How We Roll,” is the first project his parents can be proud of.
“My parents support me, but the stuff I did on HBO and on the internet often involved swearing and nudity and all that grittier stuff,” Holmes, 43, told the Post.
“And my parents never told me, but they are good people who go to church. So I feel like they had a hard time bragging about these things. But with that [show], they couldn’t be happier. So, I’m really excited to do this while they’re still around.
“How We Roll,” premiering Thursday, March 31 at 9:30 p.m., follows Tom (Holmes), a Midwestern father and husband who is laid off from his job at the car assembly line and decides to support his family by following a long-held dream of becoming a pro-bowler. He embarked on this new path with the help of his wife Jen (Katie Lowes, “Scandal”), his preteen son Sam (Mason Wells), his mother Helen (Julie White) and his mentor, Archie (Chi McBride).
“I read [the script] with my wife and we were glad the wife wasn’t a nagging sitcom cliche. And I liked that my son, Sam wanted to be a tap dancer, and my character Tom – who’s not from that [arts] world – don’t laugh at him,” Holmes said. “I grew up bowling, but I’m from Boston, so we bowled by candlelight. small balls easier, which is better when you are small. It was every birthday from 8 to 12 years old. I’ve always liked that.
Holmes said he didn’t channel anyone in particular to play Tom, but had his father in mind.
“Just because in the pilot, I put on these suits. And my dad is 80, and he’s still delivering heating oil and removing fuel oil tanks,” he said. I was putting on, I texted him a picture and I was like, ‘We didn’t think it would be like this. He thought I might go into the family business – but I’m here, sort of following in his footsteps in this very absurd way.
Holmes, who is best known for his stand-up comedy and for creating and starring in HBO’s “Crashing” (which was produced by Judd Apatow and aired from 2017 to 2019), said it was a relief to only act in “How We Roll.”
“I did a few things during quarantine and one was the movie ‘Home Alone’ for Disney [the 2021 film ‘Home Sweet Alone’]. And it’s the first thing I’ve done in many years without writing or producing, and it was so much fun,” he said. “When that’s all you have to think about, you can only… think about your character. So when it happened – not to write or create, but just to act – I thought of this “Home Alone” experience and jumped at the chance.
Even though Holmes was not part of the show‘s creative team, his tone is in keeping with his stand-up routine, which tends to be more positive and less cynical.
“There’s an old saying that I like: ‘Any old donkey can demolish a barn, but it takes a [donkey] to build one. It’s something that I generally believe in my life, that it’s much easier to tear things down or ridicule things than to defend something,” he said.
“This show represents something, which is friendship and family and caring about others, and following your dreams. It’s been a tough few years for us, and it’s reminded us how important your friends are… Before the lockdown, I was re-watching ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Breaking Bad’. And when it all got dark, I found myself craving the comforts and laughs of the classic American sitcom.