Pete Holmes

For other people named Pete Holmes, see Pete Holmes (disambiguation).
Pete Holmes

Holmes performing at Meltdown Comics on January 2, 2013
Birth name Peter Benedict Holmes
Born (1979-03-30) March 30, 1979
Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
Medium Stand-up, television
Nationality American
Years active 2001—present
Genres Improvisational comedy, observational comedy, sketch comedy
Influences Brian Regan, Sinbad, Bill Cosby, Steve Martin, Conan O'Brien, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Farley,[1] Dane Cook[2] Ray Romano[3]
Notable works and roles CollegeHumor
You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes
The Pete Holmes Show

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

Early life

Holmes was born in Lexington, Massachusetts. His mother is a Lithuanian refugee. 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.


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.

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.[6] 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.

He also ran a YouTube channel which was focused around skits alongside Matthew McCarthy called frontpagefilms.[7]

Holmes created and stars in an upcoming HBO series, Crashing. The pilot was written by Holmes and directed by Judd Apatow.

You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes

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, John Mulaney, 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, Andy Samberg, Sinbad, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome, Richard Rohr, "Science" Mike McHargue, Jimmy Pardo, Anthony Jeselnik, and Jonah Ray. Topics typically discussed in each episode are the guests' views on comedy, sexuality, and religion.

The Pete Holmes Show

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.[8][9] 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 fall 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."[10] As of July 10, 2013 the name of the show was The Pete Holmes Show.[11] 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.[12] On May 23, 2014, TBS canceled the talk show after two seasons. The show ended its run on June 19, 2014.[13]

Personal life

On his podcast Holmes has mentioned he practices veganism, is interested in meditation, self-help books and workshops.




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
2010–11 Outsourced Writer
2010–13 John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Himself 3 episodes
2010–12 Ugly Americans Toby (voice) 20 episodes
2011–12 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"
2013–14 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[14] Himself Stand-up Special
2017 Crashing creator and series regular


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