Jessica Holmes

Speaker, Celebrity


Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate

Jessica Holmes, a favourite on CBC TV’s Royal Canadian Air Farce, has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious and validating take on life’s challenges have audiences in stitches, and her unique knack for skewering celebrities (including Nikki Minaj, Liza Minelli and Celine Dion) launched her to the top of Canadian comedy. Her grace, bilingualism, and ability to react on the fly make her a natural choice as an entertainer or emcee, and she has garnered rave reviews for her wellness and motivational presentations.

As a performer, Jessica’s productions have garnered her a “Platinum Award” at The Worldfest International Film Festival; nominations for Gemini Awards; and the prestigious Tim Sims Scholarship. She is also known for her work in films, including Welcome to Mooseport, Citizen Duane, and Moonpoint. She continues perform comedy across the country, with a recent appearance on CBC’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival television special.

Jessica also devotes much time to helping others live well. In her wellness keynotes, she mixes humour with her message about the importance of de-stressing and laughing at life’s shortcomings, and speaks with intelligence and insight on her own experiences of dealing with post-partum depression, finding work-life balance, and re-igniting passion. She recently received certification as a wellness coach from San Diego’s Life Purpose Institute. Her autobiographical book, I Love Your Laugh, was published in 2010, and she’s currently working on a follow-up book about mental health.

Jessica Holmes est un visage familier dans l’émission Royal Canadian Air Farce diffusée sur CBC. Elle a semé l’hilarité au sein de son public par ses spectacles d’introduction pour des humoristes tels que Jerry Seinfeld et Leslie Nielsen. C’est une étoile de comédie canadienne à l’avenir des plus prometteurs. L’humour interactif et la vivacité contagieuse dont elle fait preuve font crouler de rire son auditoire. Elle s’est récemment produite dans deux numéros humoristiques spéciaux à Juste pour rire et au Festival d’humour de Winnipeg, tous deux télédiffusés.

Son spectacle de comédie spécial d’une heure Holmes Alone lui a valu le prix Platinum 2001 au Festival international du film Worldfest et a été nommé pour le prix Gémeau. Sa participation à la production The Best of the Very Last de Second City lui a valu une mise en nomination pour la prestigieuse bourse Tim Sims. Holmes s’est également distinguée par son travail sur le Comedy Network et sur CTV dans The Holmes Show, un sketch humoristique et mordant à la Carol Burnett. Elle s’est en outre fait valoir dans des films tels que Welcome to Mooseport et Citizen Duane.

Les séances de rigolade et de farces folles de Holmes, son talent de passer à la brochette des vedettes comme Céline Dion, Liza Minelli et Britney Spears, ainsi  que ses créations de grande originalité réussissent à divertir les auditoires les plus impassibles. C’est à son charme, son bilinguisme et son esprit de répartie qu’elle doit son succès en tant que maîtresse de cérémonie. Que ce soit en qualité d’animatrice ou d’interprète de personnages comiques, Holmes a un effet électrisant sur son auditoire.

Holmes a récemment reçu son certificat Life Coach du Life Purpose Institute à San Diego. Elle est aussi conférencière en santé mentale et parle de ses propres expériences avec la dépression post partum, ce qui est mentionné dans sa comédie I Love Laugh – fait avec vigueur, intelligence et humour.


The 60-Minute Perspective Makeover: Proven Tips to Living an Awesome Life!

The secrets of success are the same no matter what business you’re in, and success begins with getting motivated. Inspiration and comedy unite in this 60-minute transformational presentation from “I should…” to “I will!”. Energizing and funny, Jessica’s call to action combines her trademark humor and savvy to deliver motivational insights into:

• finding greater meaning in your work
• using positive psychology to be happier day to day
• setting and reaching your goals
• learning to laugh at life’s shortcomings

Jessica gives quick, achievable “how to’s” about these topics and more, in a laugh-out-loud hour of fun. The audience receives great takeaways and follow up resources to guarantee that Jessica’s presentation makes a meaningful impact.

Laugh It Off And Bring It On

As a person whose passion is to make people laugh, Jessica Holmes’ near crippling depression threatened her happiness AND her career. Once recovered, she re-committed her life to discovering what creates lasting balance and fulfillment. In this funny and inspiring presentation, Jessica shares her hilarious personal anecdotes (whether about being a stuttering, sunburned missionary in Venezuela, or one of the stars of a sketch comedy series), to help others reignite their spark.

She presents her insights in a funny, interactive way, that is rarely seen on stage. Audiences are motivated to set the bar higher for their personal happiness. Jessica discusses the latest discoveries in the field of positive psychology, how to turn your embarrassments into punch lines, and measurable ways to achieve greater fulfillment and happiness in work and life.

Depression: The Comedy

This is a frank and hilarious account of how it took Jessica Holmes two years to get diagnosed as depressed. Since depression is a mental illness, not a physical one like chicken pox or a missing limb, it’s difficult to quantify. Jessica’s was a very gradual descent from being satisfied with her life to feeling as though her life was in an emotional dumpster.

It started small: she resented “fun stuff” like girls night out, developed a loathing for words like “wellness,” and avoided foods that promised to prolong her life. Even when she yawned her way through an emceeing job for Oprah Winfrey didn’t sound any alarms for her.

By the end of 2013, Jessica slept more than the cat, gave her husband a hall pass, and told her TV agent “hold my calls for six months” before she acknowledged her problem. ‎

In the nearly two years that she had transitioned from “cheerleader” to “zombie”, she hadn’t taken stock of how far she had veered from her ideal life of fulfillment and gratitude.

Jessica’s story, which has a deeply happy ending, relates to anyone who has ever been on a downhill trajectory, whether with health, relationships, or career, who forgot to stop and ask “where am I?”

Comedy

As a former cast member of the Royal Canadian Air Farce and having written and starred in her own sketch comedy series The Holmes Show, this Second City grad honed her ability to skewer celebrities such as the larger-than-life Céline Dion. With a flurry of wig changes, Jessica brings her talents to the stage with this interactive performance. She has brought the house down opening for icons like Jerry Seinfeld, Leslie Nielsen, and Ellen DeGeneres.

Emcee

Whether in English, French, or a mix of the two, Holmes provides a memorable performance filled with great off-the-cuff moments and interactions with the audience. By researching your company in advance of the big day, she’s able to custom tailor the show and incorporate your company’s values into her performance. Weaving comedy in and out, Holmes maintains a great pace throughout the event, never losing sight of the bottom line: it’s your special event, and it deserves to be extraordinary.

Celebrity Services

Jessica Holmes may be booked for a wide variety of unique marketing initiatives, including; Sponsorships, Endorsements, Public Relations/Media Spokesperson Campaigns, Product Launches, Voice-overs, and Appearances. Contact us to learn more: sundance@speakers.ca