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Pete Holmes - Biography


Comedian Pete Holmes
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March 30, 1979

Pete Holmes Overview:

Pete Holmes is a regular renaissance man: stand-up comedian, podcast host, cartoonist, voice-over artist, handsome man. Known for his off-the-wall energy, his love of the absurd and his infectious enthusiasm, Holmes makes being weird a positive (or does he make being positive weird?). It's right there in the name of his podcast, You Made it Weird, in which Holmes interviews his comedian and entertainer friends with equal parts gushing fanboy and excited kid. He loves comedy, and it comes through in everything he does. Of course, none of this would mean much if he wasn't also incredibly funny. So he's got that going for him.

Quick Pete Holmes Facts:

  • Pete Holmes was born and raised in Massachusetts.
  • He began performing comedy during his senior year of college in 2001.
  • His first stand-up special, a half-hour Comedy Central Presents, premiered in 2010.
  • Holmes released his first stand-up comedy album, Impregnated with Wonder, in 2011.
  • In addition to being known for his stand-up comedy, Holmes provides the voice for the famous e-trade baby in the commercials for e-trade Financial Services.
  • In 2011, he started his own podcast, You Made it Weird, which airs as part of Chris Hardwick's Nerdist network.

Additional Pete Holmes Facts:

  • Pete Holmes was named one of 10 Comics to Watch by Variety in 2011.
  • Before making it on his own as a stand-up, Holmes was part of the improv comedy troupe The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen.
  • Holmes has written for television sitcoms, penning scripts for Outsourced on NBC and I Hate My Teenage Daughter on FOX.
  • He's an accomplished cartoonist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker.
  • After getting his start in Massachusetts, Holmes moved to Chicago and became a regular on the city's open mic circuit. His comedy contemporaries in Chicago at the time included Matt Braunger, Hannibal Buress, T.J. Miller, Kyle Kinane and Kumail Nanjiani.
  • He has performed stand-up on John Oliver's New York Stand-up Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Conan.
  • Holmes is a regular contributor to College Humor and FrontPage Films.
  • He was raised in an evangelical Christian family.
  • In 2012, he received a nomination for Best Club Comic for the Second Annual Comedy Awards, put on by Comedy Central.
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