Pete Holmes

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Pete Holmes
Pete Holmes performing at Meltdown.jpg
Holmes in January 2013
Birth name Peter Benedict Holmes
Born (1979-03-30) March 30, 1979 (age 36)
Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
Medium Stand-up, television
Years active 2001—present
Genres Improvisational comedy, Observational comedy, sketch comedy
Influences Sinbad, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, Conan O'Brien, Seinfeld, Chris Farley, [1] Dane Cook[2]
Notable works and roles CollegeHumor
The Pete Holmes Show
Website PeteHolmes.com

Peter Benedict "Pete" Holmes (born March 30, 1979) is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, podcaster, television host, and cartoonist.

Early life[edit]

Holmes was born in Lexington, Massachusetts. He attended Lexington High School and Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. In college, he majored in English and Communications, and participated in an improvisational comedy troupe, The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen. Holmes got married at 22, the same age he began performing stand-up comedy, and divorced at 28. He lived in Sleepy Hollow, New York and Chicago before moving to Los Angeles.

Career[edit]

Holmes has appeared on Comedy Central's Premium Blend, as a regular panelist on VH1's Best Week Ever, and on VH1's All Access.[3] His cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker.[4] In 2010, he performed on John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show as well as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On February 26, 2010, he performed his first television special on the series Comedy Central Presents. On March 21, 2011 and on November 17, 2011, he appeared on the TBS talk show Conan.

Holmes has provided the voices for several of the characters on Comedy Central's cartoon Ugly Americans. He was the voice of the E-Trade baby on several television commercials and was also credited as a writer for those commercials.

He wrote for the NBC primetime sitcom Outsourced and also wrote for the Fox sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter prior to its cancellation in May 2012.

Holmes released his first album, Impregnated With Wonder, on iTunes on November 15, 2011. It was named one of the best comedy CDs of 2011 by The A.V. Club.[5] In 2013, he released his second album, Nice Try, The Devil, which was also named as one of the best comedy CDs of 2013 by the Onion A.V. Club.

Holmes is also known for his comedic portrayal of Batman in CollegeHumor's internet series Badman. The series recreates scenes from Christopher Nolan's Batman films with a comedic twist, such as Batman appearing completely incompetent or sex-obsessed.

You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes[edit]

Holmes hosts a podcast distributed through the Nerdist network, titled You Made It Weird. It has featured guests such as Judd Apatow, Aziz Ansari, Dana Carvey, Deepak Chopra, Demetri Martin, Hannibal Buress, T. J. Miller, Bill Nye, Natasha Leggero, Dave Coulier, Iliza Shlesinger, Sarah Silverman, Adam Carolla, Bill Burr, Kumail Nanjiani, Chelsea Peretti, Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Paul F. Tompkins, Mike Birbiglia, Bo Burnham, Rob Bell, Doug Benson, Chris Hardwick, Matt Mira, Jenny Slate, Jimmy Pardo, and Jonah Ray. Topics typically discussed in each episode are the guests' views on comedy, sexuality, and religion.

The Pete Holmes Show[edit]

Main article: The Pete Holmes Show

On August 21 and 23 in 2012, Holmes recorded three episodes of a talk show pilot for TBS, produced by Conan O'Brien, entitled The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes.[6][7] Holmes's guests on the unaired pilots included Nick Offerman, Joel McHale, T. J. Miller, and Bill Burr. As of February 26, 2013, TBS picked up the show and began airing in fall 2013. It showcases "the comedian’s incredible skill set, combining sketches, short films, live comedy, field pieces and in-studio guest interviews into a fast-paced half hour."[8] As of July 10, 2013 the name of the show was The Pete Holmes Show.[9] The series premiered on October 28, right after Conan.

The show was picked up for a second season by TBS. On December 9, 2013, Gabe Liedman performed the show's first-ever stand-up routine.[10] On May 23, 2014, TBS canceled the talk show after two seasons. The show ended its run on June 19, 2014.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Holmes has mentioned on his podcast that he practices veganism, and is very interested in meditation, as well as self-help books and workshops. He has been in a relationship with Valerie Chaney[12] since December 2012.[13]

During a minor car accident, Holmes suffered from a concussion in which his brain impacted his skull.[14]

Discography[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Premium Blend Himself Episode: "8.6"
2007 Scott Batman Presents Scott Batman Presents Earth's New Robot Overlord (voice) Episode: "One"
2010 Comedy Central Presents Himself Stand-up Special
2010-2011 Outsourced Writer
2010-2013 John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Himself 3 episodes
2010-2012 Ugly Americans Toby (voice) 20 episodes
2011-2012 I Hate My Teenage Daughter Writer
2013 Maron Himself Episode: "Marc's Dad"
2013 Pete Holmes: Nice Try, the Devil! Himself Stand-up Special
2013 American Dad! Toby (voice), Millionaire Matt Davis (voice) Episode: "Lost in Space" "The Longest Distance Relationship"
2013–2014 The Pete Holmes Show Himself (host) Also creator, writer, and executive producer
2014 Mulaney Trey Episode: "In the Name of the Mother, and the Son, and the Holy Andre"

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "#MeetPete Facebook Questions". YouTube. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "You Made It Weird". Nerdist. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Pete Holmes at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Kharakh, Ben. Interview, "Pete Holmes, Comedian", Gothamist, 26 October 2006.
  5. ^ Harris, Will (2011-12-08). "The best comedy albums of 2011 | Music | Best of". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  6. ^ "Get Free Tickets For The Pilot Of "The Midnight Show With Pete Holmes"". Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Luippold, Ross (July 25, 2012). "Pete Holmes To Follow Conan O'Brien? Talk Show Pilot In Development At TBS". Huffington Post. 
  8. ^ "TBS Greenlights Conan O'Brien-Produced Late-Night Show Starring Pete Holmes As 'Conan' Companion - Deadline.com". 
  9. ^ "You Made It Weird #166: Johnny Pemberton « Nerdist". Nerdist.com. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  10. ^ "Gabe Liedman Was 'Pete Holmes Show's First-Ever Standup Last Night - Splitsider". Splitsider. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "TBS Cancels 'The Pete Holmes Show' After Two Seasons (Exclusive)", The Hollywood Reporter.
  12. ^ http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Pete+Holmes/Valerie+Chaney. Retrieved 26 April 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  13. ^ "You Made It Weird". Nerdist. Retrieved 16 January 2015. 
  14. ^ http://teamcoco.com/video/pete-holmes-krang-concussion. Retrieved 26 April 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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