The Pete Holmes Show

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The Pete Holmes Show
Format Talk show
Variety show
Sketch comedy
Created by Pete Holmes
Written by Oren Brimer
Joe DeRosa
Nate Fernald
Pete Holmes
Jamie Lee
Eric Ledgin
Adam Stein
Chris Thayer
Presented by Pete Holmes
Starring Pete Holmes
Matt McCarthy
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 47 (as of April 7, 2014) (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Nick Bernstein
Oren Brimer[1]
David Kissinger
Dave Rath
Jeff Ross
Pete Holmes
Conan O'Brien[2]
Location(s) Warner Bros. Studios
Burbank, California
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Conaco
Original channel TBS
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original run October 28, 2013 (2013-10-28) – present
Related shows Conan
Deon Cole's Black Box
External links

The Pete Holmes Show is an American late-night talk show starring comedian Pete Holmes. It airs Monday through Thursday at midnight on TBS. The show is notable among late-night talk shows for having personal as opposed to topical monologues, more sketch comedy, a lack of celebrity-driven interviews, and taking place within a half-hour format.


Pilot episodes and pre-production[edit]

In July 2012, Pete Holmes and Conaco began developing a show called The Midnight Show with Pete Holmes.[3] Three pilot episodes were shot on the Conan set on August 21st and August 23rd, 2012.[4] On February 26th, 2013, it was announced that the show had been picked up for a seven-week run.[5] On July 19th, 2013, it was revealed that the show would be titled The Pete Holmes Show.[6] Pete Holmes officially began work on the show on September 23, 2013.[7] Pete Holmes hosted a panel promoting the show at the 2013 New York Comic Con, showing the show's Ex-Men sketch and a CollegeHumor sketch with his Badman character.[8] Test shows were shot on October 16 and 18, 2013.[9]


The debut episode was taped on Tuesday, October 22 and aired on October 28, 2013.[10] The show began with a cold open sketch called "Ex-Men" (a parody of X-Men) in which Pete played Professor Xavier firing Wolverine for being useless. In the monologue Pete told a story of going to an Enrique Iglesias concert. Pete also visited Daily Show host Jon Stewart in New York to seek advice for hosting a talk show. The interview segment featured comedian and long-time friend Kumail Nanjiani as the first guest, and the show closed with the segment "All the Games" in which the titles of lesser-known (fake) video games were shown. The first episode was viewed by approximately 407,000 people.


Episodes begin with a cold open pre-taped sketch, followed by the opening titles and a personal monologue delivered by Holmes. After the first commercial break, a remote segment or another sketch is shown, or a live comedy bit is performed. The third segment is a short interview, usually with another comedian. The show closes with another short comedy piece. Unlike most late-night talk shows, (including its lead-in, Conan) The Pete Holmes Show has a half-hour format.


The show is taped in front of a live studio audience on Stage 10 of the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, California. For budgetary reasons, shows are not taped on the days they air. Conan O'Brien, Jeff Ross, Nick Bernstein, and Dave Rath are presumed to be involved in production.[5] Show highlights are posted on Pete Holmes' YouTube account. Twenty-eight episodes aired in the show's first season. On January 8, 2014, the show was renewed for thirteen more weeks, beginning on February 24.[11]


The show is broadcast Monday through Thursday on TBS at midnight in the United States.



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  2. ^ "The Pete Holmes Show (2013–) : Full Cast & Crew". Retrieved 2014-02-10. 
  3. ^ "Pete Holmes To Follow Conan O'Brien? Talk Show Pilot In Development At TBS". 2012-07-25. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  4. ^ ""The Midnight Show" with Pete Holmes". Facebook. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  5. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie. "TBS Greenlights Conan O'Brien-Produced Late-Night Show Starring Pete Holmes As 'Conan' Companion". Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  6. ^ Evans, Bradford (2013-07-19). "Pete Holmes's TBS Show Is Called 'The Pete Holmes Show' and Premieres October 28th". Splitsider. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  7. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  8. ^ Alter, Ethan (2013-10-14). "New York Comic Con 2013: Pete Holmes After Hours - The Telefile Blog - TV Shows & TV News - TV Reviews | TWoP". Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  9. ^ ""The Pete Holmes Show" Free Tickets Request". Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  10. ^ "TBS’s ‘The Pete Holmes Show’ Announces First Two Weeks of Guests - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  11. ^ "TBS Renews 'Pete Holmes Show'". 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-02-10. 

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