Pete Holmes

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Pete Holmes
Birth namePeter Benedict Holmes
Born (1979-03-30) March 30, 1979 (age 40)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
MediumStand-up, television, film, podcast
Alma materGordon College
Years active2001–present
Valerie Chaney (m. 2017)
Notable works and rolesCollegeHumor
You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes
The Pete Holmes Show

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

Early life[edit]

Holmes was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His mother is a Lithuanian refugee.[1] He attended Lexington High School and Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He played in a punk rock band. In college, he majored in English and Communications, and he 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 he divorced at 28[2] after his then-wife had an affair.[3] Finding little success, he lived in Sleepy Hollow, New York and Chicago before moving to Los Angeles.


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.[4] His cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7]

Holmes released his first album, Impregnated With Wonder, on iTunes on November 15, 2011.[8] In 2013, he released his second album, Nice Try, The Devil.[9]

Holmes has created a popular comedic portrayal of Batman in CollegeHumor's internet series Badman. He also ran a YouTube channel which was focused around skits alongside Matthew McCarthy called frontpagefilms.[10]

Holmes created and stars in the HBO series, Crashing. The pilot was written by Holmes and directed by Judd Apatow. After the season three finale, it was announced that HBO had canceled the series. [11]

On May 14, 2019, Holmes released his book Comedy Sex God.

You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes[edit]

Holmes hosts a podcast titled, You Made It Weird. It has featured guests such as Garry Shandling, Judd Apatow, Aziz Ansari, John Mulaney, and Dana Carvey. Topics typically discussed in each episode are the guests' views on comedy, sexuality, and religion.

The Pete Holmes Show[edit]

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.[12][13] Holmes's guests on the unaired pilots included Nick Offerman, Joel McHale, T. J. Miller, and Bill Burr. On February 26, 2013, TBS picked up the show and began airing in late 2013. It showcased "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."[14] As of July 10, 2013 the name of the show was The Pete Holmes Show.[15] 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.[16] On May 23, 2014, TBS canceled the talk show after two seasons following poor audience ratings. The show ended its run on June 19, 2014.[17][18]


Crashing is a semi-autobiographical show on HBO that revolves around Holmes' character Pete, a young comedian who pursues a career in stand-up comedy after his wife cheats on him, leaving him homeless.[3] Holmes successfully pitched the idea of the show to Judd Apatow and it was picked up by HBO for filming in September 2015, with Apatow as director. The success of the pilot led HBO to give the green-light to the first season in January 2016. After four episodes had aired, HBO renewed the series for a second season which premiered on January 14, 2018.

On February 21, 2018, HBO renewed the series for a third season. Although season three was praised by fans and critics alike, HBO canceled Crashing in March of 2019.[19]


Holmes portrays the lead character Batman in this parody web series. The series recreates scenes from Christopher Nolan's Batman films with a comedic twist, such as Batman appearing completely incompetent or sex-obsessed.


Holmes has listed Brian Regan, Sinbad, Steve Martin, Gallagher, Jackie Martling, Conan O'Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Farley,[20] Dane Cook,[21] and Ray Romano[22] as his biggest comedic influences.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Holmes married his first wife when he was 22 years old; they divorced when he was 28.[24] Holmes married Valerie Chaney in late 2017.[25] Their daughter, Lila Jane, was born in September 2018.[26][27] Early in his career he performed on the Christian comedy circuit.[28]




Year Title Role Notes
2014 I Am Road Comic Himself
2016 Don't Think Twice Pete Holmes
2018 Gutbuster Himself Post-production
2019 The Secret Life of Pets 2 Chuck


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"
2010–2011 Outsourced Writer
2010–2012 Ugly Americans Toby (voice) 20 episodes
2010–2013 John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Himself 3 episodes
2011 Pete Holmes: Impregnated With Wonder Himself Stand-up Special
2011–2012 I Hate My Teenage Daughter Writer
2013 The Jeselnik Offensive Himself Episode 1.9
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"
2016 Animals. Patrick (voice) Episode: "Rats."
2016 Pete Holmes: Faces and Sounds[29] Himself Stand-up Special
2016–present Mighty Magiswords Teri Gargantuan, Thaddeus Thirdwell III (voice) 4 episodes
2017 Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero Ryan (voice) Episode: "A Tale of Two Wizards"
2017–2019 Crashing Pete Also creator, writer, and executive producer
2018 Bob's Burgers Connor (voice) Episode: "Something Old, Something New, Something Bob Caters For You"
2018 The Simpsons Matthew (voice) Episode: "Bart's Not Dead"
2018 Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean Himself Stand-up Special
TBA The Simpsons TBA Episode: "Warrin' Priests"


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  2. ^ Ryan, Patric. "How divorce led Pete Holmes to HBO's 'Crashing'". USA Today. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
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  5. ^ Kharakh, Ben. Interview, "Pete Holmes, Comedian" Archived 2008-04-18 at the Wayback Machine, Gothamist, 26 October 2006.
  6. ^ Steinberg, Don (2011-02-18). "The Funny People Behind the Famous Ads". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
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  8. ^ Harris, Will (2011-12-08). "The best comedy albums of 2011 | Music | Best of". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  9. ^ McFarland, Kevin. "The best comedy albums and specials of 2013".
  10. ^ frontpagefilms on YouTube
  11. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (2017-03-15). "HBO Renews Pete Holmes Comedy 'Crashing' for Second Season". Variety. Retrieved 2017-03-25.
  12. ^ "Get Free Tickets For The Pilot Of "The Midnight Show With Pete Holmes"". Retrieved 20 August 2012.
  13. ^ Luippold, Ross (July 25, 2012). "Pete Holmes To Follow Conan O'Brien? Talk Show Pilot In Development At TBS". Huffington Post.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Andreeva, Nellie (February 26, 2013). "TBS Greenlights Conan O'Brien-Produced Late-Night Show Starring Pete Holmes As 'Conan' Companion".
  15. ^ "You Made It Weird #166: Johnny Pemberton « Nerdist". Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  16. ^ "Gabe Liedman Was 'Pete Holmes Show's First-Ever Standup Last Night – Splitsider". Splitsider. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  17. ^ "TBS Cancels 'The Pete Holmes Show' After Two Seasons (Exclusive)", The Hollywood Reporter.
  18. ^ "TBS Cancels 'The Pete Holmes Show'". 23 May 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Paste Magazine".
  20. ^ "#MeetPete Facebook Questions". YouTube. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  21. ^ "You Made It Weird". Nerdist. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  22. ^ "You Made It Weird". Nerdist. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  23. ^ Sam Jones. "130. Pete Holmes". Off Camera with Sam Jones (Podcast). Quote by Pete Holmes. Sam Jones Pictures. Event occurs at 17:31–18:08. Retrieved 10 October 2019. For the first five years, maybe ten, most comedians are just doing, it’s like they have a vita[min] mix and they just put in—like me, it was like, Steve Martin and Seinfeld, and you put in, like Brian Regan and you blend it up and you can—you reek of it.
  24. ^ Jordan Zakarin. "Pete Holmes's Life Blew Up. His New HBO Show Is His Therapy". Inverse. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  25. ^ Baraka Kaseko and Marah Eakin. "Pete Holmes says being married changes things". AV Club. Retrieved January 11, 2018.
  26. ^ "Pete Holmes Thinks Expectant Dads Should "Woman Up" @ Team Coco". TBS/Conan O'Brien. October 2, 2018.
  27. ^ The A.V. Club, Let's watch Pete Holmes rate baby names, retrieved 2019-01-21
  28. ^ "Pete Holmes on Christian jokes - YMH Highlight". Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  29. ^ "Pete Holmes HBO Standup Special Faces and Sounds". Splitsider. Retrieved 12 November 2016.

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