Dave Holmes (actor)

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Dave Holmes
Dave Holme photo by Caryn Leigh Posnansky 2014.jpg
Dave Holmes (photo by Caryn Leigh Posnansky)
Born David Robert Holmes
(1971-03-14) March 14, 1971 (age 46)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation TV personality, Actor, Blogger, Writer
Years active 1996─present

David Robert "Dave" Holmes (born March 14, 1971) is a television personality who gained national attention as the runner-up on MTV's first Wanna Be a VJ contest in 1998. From the beginning, he distinguished himself from other candidates with an encyclopedic knowledge of music trivia.

Despite his loss to Jesse Camp, MTV hired Holmes to conduct celebrity interviews. He went on to host several other MTV shows, including 120 Minutes, a Real World reunion special, and the popular Say What? Karaoke until 2001. His MTV career lasted about two years longer than Camp's. On July 7, 2007, he co-hosted Bravo's coverage of the Live Earth Concerts with Karen Duffy. He also appeared on Most Annoying People of 2008 on BBC.

Holmes came out as a gay man in Out magazine in 2002.[1]

On September 23, 2010, Holmes contributed a video to the "It Gets Better" project,[2] spearheaded by advice columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage.[3][4]

Currently, he works on-air at FX, and he hosts the daily video podcast A Drink With Dave. He is the host of the Maximum Fun comedy quiz show International Waters. He has also been appearing in commercials for Ford motors.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in St. Louis, Holmes's family includes parents Charles and Mary Lou and two older brothers, Dan and Steve. The family runs a financial consulting business in Clayton, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb. Holmes attended Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, the Saint Louis Priory School and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he worked at WCHC, the campus radio station, and interned at WCCA-TV, Worcester's public access television station.

Personal life[edit]

Holmes has been in a long term relationship with musician Ben Wise since the early 2000s.[5][6]


On June 28, 2016, Penguin Random House's Crown Archetype imprint published Holmes' nonfiction book Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs. The memoir chronicles Holmes's experiences coming to self-acceptance during adolescence and early adulthood, with popular music as a guide and backdrop, from the 1980s through the present day.[7] Kirkus Reviews has described it as "a hilarious and touching coming-of-age story that will strike a particular nerve among Generation Y."[8]



  • Pillowfighter (2002, as Blindfolded Man)
  • Fantastic Four (2005, as Reporter)
  • You Owe Us. (2006, as Billy)
  • Reno 911!: Miami (2007, as Persnickety Desk Worker)
  • Promotion (2008)
  • Atomic Zoo: Sylvia Plath Car Wash (2010, as Cake Boy)
  • Hell Baby (2013, as Rental Car Guy)
  • Contracted (2013, as Therapist)
  • You or a Loved One (2014)


  • Spankin' New Music Week (2000)
  • Kidnapped (2000, as Host)
  • Fire Me... Please (2005, as Host, 3 episodes)
  • Reno 911! (2004-2009, as Leslie Frost)
  • Self Storage (2010-2011, as Chad)
  • Kroll Show (2013, as Day Foams)
  • Ben and Kate (2013, as Casting Director)
  • FX Movie Download (2013, as Host)


  1. ^ "MTV’s Main Mo" Interview with Stephen Schulman, 7 May 2009, HX.com. Retrieved 5 July 2009.
  2. ^ "Gay youth of America, trust me on this one: IT GETS BETTER." itgetsbetterproject YouTube channel. Uploaded 23 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Bitchblogs: It Gets Better" Blog Post, s.V. "Social Commentary" by Kelsey Wallace, 23 September 2010.
  4. ^ "It Gets Better" Blog post by Andrew Sullivan for the Atlantic, 22 September 2010.
  5. ^ http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/a40297/losing-my-best-friend/
  6. ^ https://www.blogtalkradio.com/callywoodmedianetwork/2015/12/09/the-ernest-experience-radio-show--dave-holmes
  7. ^ Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs, by Dave Holmes
  8. ^ Review of Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs, by Dave Holmes, April 30th, 2016.

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