Jessica Holmes (born August 29, 1973 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian comedian and actress. She is best known for her work with the Royal Canadian Air Farce, which she joined in 2003, after starring in her own show, The Holmes Show in 2002. She is married to actor Scott Yaphe.
Holmes is the daughter of a feminist mother and a Mormon father. She joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) at age 19; beginning at age 21, for 18 months she was a Mormon missionary in Venezuela. She is no longer a member of the LDS Church. In her comedy, she parodies right wing Christian fundamentalists through her character, Candy Anderson Henderson. She also parodies this by appearing as Sister Bessy, a nun with a thick Scottish accent who comments on politics.
On both The Holmes Show and Air Farce, she has performed caricatures of various celebrities, including Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Liza Minnelli, Myriam Bedard, Belinda Stronach, Geri Halliwell, Britney Spears, Tim Allen, Jim Carrey and others.
Jessica and Scott have 2 children. Penelope Corrin was her fill-in on Air Farce during Jessica's first maternity leave during the first two months of 2007. She returned to the show in March 2007. Holmes took her second leave during the first few episodes of Air Farce's last season in October 2008, as she gave birth to her second child.
Air Farce left the air as a regular show as of December, 2008. Though the show has broadcast an annual reunion special ever year since, Holmes only participated in the 2010 reunion special.
In 2010, she published a memoir entitled I Love Your Laugh: Finding the Light in My Screwball Life.
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- Sarah Hampson, "Did you hear the one about the Mormon comedian?", The Globe and Mail, 2012-09-06.
- Nancy J. White, "Comedian Jessica Holmes on family dinners, postpartum depression and not being a supermom", The Toronto Star, 2012-08-03