Holmes performing at Meltdown Comics on January 2, 2013
|Birth name||Peter Benedict Holmes|
March 30, 1979 |
Lexington, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, television, film, podcast|
|Alma mater||Gordon College|
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, observational comedy, sketch comedy, blue comedy, surreal humor, sarcasm, satire|
|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, and podcaster.
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 he participated in an improvisational comedy troupe, The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen. Holmes got married at 22, the same age at which he began performing stand-up comedy, and he 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. His cartoons have appeared in The New Yorker. 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.
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. 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 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.
Holmes is currently writing a book on religion.
Holmes hosts a podcast distributed through the Nerdist network, titled You Made It Weird. It has featured guests such as Garry Shandling, Judd Apatow, Aziz Ansari, and Dana Carvey. Topics typically discussed in each episode are the guests' views on comedy, sexuality, and religion.
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. 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." As of July 10, 2013 the name of the show was The Pete Holmes Show. 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. On May 23, 2014, TBS canceled the talk show after two seasons. The show ended its run on June 19, 2014.
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. 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.
|2014||I Am Road Comic||Himself|
|2016||Don't Think Twice||Pete Holmes||Cameo appearance|
|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|
|2010-13||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||Himself||Stand-up Special|
|2017-present||Crashing||Pete||Also creator, writer, and executive producer|
|2017||Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Ryan (voice)||Episode: "A Tale of Two Wizards"|