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January 15, 2018
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Can You Match These Comedians to Their Stand-Up Bombs?

Pete Holmes knows a thing or two about bombing and is about to learn a few more in the new season of his hit HBO comedy “Crashing.”

But it’s not just Pete that has bombed; every comedian has a story about their worst moment on stage.

Take the quiz below, sponsored by HBO, to see if you can match the comedians to their own personal hell.

And don’t forget to watch “Crashing” Sundays at 10:30PM on HBO!


I performed in a college cafeteria at noon for 18 people in a room set up for a thousand. In the middle of the set one of the crowd members got up, sarcastically laughed in my face, and sat back down.

I’ve had to walk off stage backwards because I shit my pants while getting a standing ovation.

When Martin Lawrence opened for me in 1991 I assumed I'd do better than my opener and didn't even bother to watch. I came out to hear the audience going nuts for Lawrence and wound up giving up on my own set 20 minutes in when the audience turned on me for not being as good as Martin.

I performed at a disco on New Year's Eve where they didn't even bother to turn down the music during my set. When I asked to get paid the owner of the club didn't even know I'd already performed.

After appearing on a TV show where audiences were paid to laugh at my material, I believed I would kill at Central Park SummerStage on an all-star lineup. I performed to the dead silence of 5000 New Yorkers. It was so bad the other comics couldn’t even look me in the eye.

At an SNL meeting, I tried to contribute a 'Princess Bride' impression long after everyone had been discussing it. I did the old witch who screams 'Booooo!' No one got what I was doing and thought I was having a coughing fit.

At a college talent show, I bombed so hard I was carried off stage. As I was being escorted to the crowd I yelled to my friend recording the show, 'Stop the tape! Stop the tape!'

I once thought I was being heckled by someone continuously 'mooing' and jumped into the crowd to confront them. I found out it was a person with disabilities in a hospital bed with a communication keyboard; 'moo' was how he expressed laughter.

At my third ever show, I invited my entire family. I was so bad the crowd turned away, saying things like 'Oh, God' and 'When will she stop?'

During a touring improv/sketch show, I invited a 70-year-old man who called himself 'Slugger Bologna' on stage. He almost broke his hip in the middle of our scene. Twice.

After doing a great set opening for my friend, I invited my girlfriend and parents to see me the next night. I performed my material, including an ALF impression, and tanked. It was a year before I would try to get on stage again.

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