Jessica Holmes

Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate

Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes has been a perennial favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce for 15 years, and has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious take on life’s challenges as well as her unique knack for skewering celebrities (including Nikki Minaj and Celine Dion) have audiences in stitches. Her customized emcee and entertainment presentations — which include motivation and wellness — are always a hit.

Behind the laughter though, Jessica — like millions of Canadians — has struggled both with post-partum depression and, as she puts it, “regular, run-of-the-mill, garden-variety depression”. Hoping to help end the stigma around mental health issues, she openly shares her personal stories with the humor she’s known for, bringing light — and laugh-out-loud laughter — to what can often be a dark topic. Jessica’s funny and inspiring new book, Depression The Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance was published in May, and takes readers deeper into her mental health journey with validation and warmth.

As a performer, Jessica’s productions have garnered her a “Platinum Award” at The Worldfest International Film Festival, and nominations for Gemini Awards and the prestigious Tim Sims Scholarship. She stars in her own program, The Holmes Show, and has also starred in the films Welcome to Mooseport, Citizen Duane, and Moonpoint. She recently appeared in the pilot for The Communist’s Daughter, which won the JFL ComedyPro competition this summer, and continues to perform comedy across the country.

La très populaire humoriste Jessica Holmes, personnage adoré parmi la troupe de l’émission Royal Canadian Air Farce, remporte toujours un grand succès sur scène avec ses monologues hilarants, ayant fait la première partie des spectacles de supervedettes comme Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld et même Oprah Winfrey.

Mais derrière l’humour, Jessica – tout comme des millions de Canadiens – a été aux prises avec la dépression post-partum ainsi que, selon ses termes, de « dépression courante, bien ordinaire, votre dépression de tous les jours ». Dans l’espoir d’aider à éliminer la stigmatisation liée aux problèmes de santé mentale, elle partage ses expériences personnelles avec l’humour qu’on lui connaît, mettant en lumière – de façon absolument hilarante – un sujet qui peut souvent sembler très difficile.

Le nouveau livre de Jessica intitulé Depression: The Comedy (dont la sortie est prévue pour avril 2018) entraîne les lecteurs dans son parcours en santé mentale et témoigne des leçons qu’elle a apprises, notamment sur la façon de trouver l’équilibre entre vie personnelle et vie professionnelle et de redécouvrir nos passions.

À la télévision et au cinéma, Jessica est la vedette de sa propre émission, The Holmes Show, et elle a joué dans les films Bienvenue à Mooseport, Citizen Duane et Moon Point.

Sur scène, les productions de Jessica ont reçu un « prix Platine » au WorldFest International Film Festival, plusieurs nominations pour des prix Gemini ainsi que la prestigieuse bourse Tim Sims.

Elle vit à Toronto avec son mari et ses deux enfants.


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 character comedy with quirky anecdotes 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 introspective takeaways to guarantee that Jessica’s presentation makes a meaningful impact.

Laugh It Off And Bring It On

A few years ago, inspired by her own recovery from depression, Jessica trained as a wellness coach and re-committed her life to discovering what creates lasting balance and fulfilment. In this funny and inspiring presentation, Jessica shares hilarious and meaningful personal anecdotes about career, family, stress and mental health to help others reignite their spark.

Jessica presents her insights in a funny, interactive way, that is rarely seen on stage, complete with songs and impressions. She discusses the latest discoveries in the field of positive psychology, how to turn your embarrassments into punch lines, and measurable ways to achieve greater fulfilment and happiness in work and life. It’s the perfect mix of comedy and wellness. Audiences are motivated to set the bar higher for their personal happiness.

Depression: The Comedy

This relatable and often laugh-out-loud keynote helps reduce the stigma around depression and gets audiences to consider their own mental health. Combining humour with heartwarming honesty, Jessica explains how it took two years to get diagnosed as depressed, and what the road to recovery has taught her.

She weaves comedy, characters and music in and out to bring levity to a serious subject, describing how she went from successful comedian who opened for Oprah Winfrey to couch potato who slept more than the cat!

Jessica’s story, which has a deeply happy ending, relates to anyone who has ever been on a downhill trajectory with health, relationships, or career, who forgot to stop and ask “hey, how am I doing?” She shares how she stays committed to her own mental health through mindful lifestyle choices and encourages the audience to do the same through a few simple steps. Audiences leave with a better understanding of depression, more empathy for those suffering with it, and that wonderful feeling you get from belly laughs.

Jessica has written about her experience with depression and anxiety in her humorous new book, also called Depression The Comedy.

Virtual Hosting: Bringing Comedy and Characters to your Virtual Events

Jessica Holmes brings her mix of comedy and celebrity impressions to liven up virtual events! As your energetic emcee, she performs live segments and creates hilarious pre-taped segments customized for your company to show off her signature impressions of celebrities like Celine Dion and the Tiger King. Global News and ET Canada have both interviewed her for the uplifting, hilarious characters that she’s been performing over social media at home since the pandemic started.

Whether it’s hosting, interviewing, or just providing comedic content, Holmes is a natural in the virtual environment having spent 20 years on TV in sketch comedy series like The Holmes Show and Royal Canadian Air Farce.

Holmes will provide pre-taped segments prior to the virtual event.

Power Laughs: Using Humour to Build Resilience

Stress is a part of life, especially with the triggers a pandemic brings, but leaving it unchecked can affect your team’s morale and ultimately your bottom line. Using humour and other simple coping mechanisms can improve the emotional wellbeing of individuals and ultimately the companies they work for. We’re more likely to live healthy, productive lives if we maintain our physical and emotional resilience, and this laugh-out-loud presentation offers simple, achievable steps to help others go from treading water to reigniting their spark. Jessica proves that comedy is more than an entertainment form; it’s a powerful filter through which you can navigate stressful situations, empowering you to recover from setbacks and face challenges more easily.

She presents proven coping strategies that use humour to help you & your team:

  • Take simple, sustainable daily steps to thrive
  • Reconnect with your passion
  • Bond over shared challenges
  • Change how obstacles are perceived so they’re easier to overcome

Inspired by her “second chance at life” after recovering from depression, Jessica trained as a wellness coach. She re-committed her life to sharing the tools that create lasting joy and fulfilment through her invigorating keynotes and as an ambassador for the Bell Let’s Talk initiative. She’s honoured to share hilarious and meaningful anecdotes and even a few impressions to drive home a message of empowerment to help others thrive and find the power in their laughter.

This virtual presentation includes a 45-minute keynote, plus Q&A. A portion of the presentation can be delivered in French using pre-taped segments (platform permitting).

Understanding Mental Health: The Good The Bad and The Funny

The negative stigma surrounding mental illness leads to more unnecessary suffering for the 1 in 5 working Canadians dealing with mental health conditions. And the stress and isolation of Covid-19 has led to higher rates of burnout and presenteeism. It’s time to talk, but discussing mental health doesn’t have to be heavy or burdensome. Comedian and Bell Let’s Talk ambassador Jessica Holmes breaks down the stigma by using heart and humour to share her experience with depression. She weaves comedy, characters and music to bring understanding and hope to a serious subject, describing how she went from successful entertainer who opened for Oprah Winfrey to couch potato who slept more than the cat!

Jessica shares the lessons she wrote about in her heartwarmingly funny book Depression The Comedy to motivate your team to prioritize their wellbeing. Your team will learn:

  • Where to begin if they or someone they know is struggling,
  • How a small shift in perspective can increase their fulfillment and happiness at work,
  • Simple, achievable steps to improve mental health,
  • How to reconnect with their greater potential through a values exercise,
  • That no one is alone, and we’re all entitled to a sense of wellbeing.

Jessica’s story, which has a deeply happy ending, leaves your team with a better understanding of mental illness, more empathy and understanding for those suffering with it, and that wonderful feeling you get from belly laughs.

This virtual presentation includes a 45-minute keynote, plus Q&A. A portion of the presentation can be delivered in French using pre-taped segments (platform permitting).

Laugh With Me!

There’s no better way than humour to remind your team we’re all in this together. After all, not only is humour a huge stress reliever, when shared, it’s a great way to build rapport. This comedy keynote is an engaging half-hour of laughter, impressions and music with celebrated comedian Jessica Holmes. From her spot-on Celine, to relatable anecdotes about the perils of working from home, to an audience-engaging quiz (platform permitting), Holmes’ presentation will make you laugh and breathe a big sigh of relief.

Jessica also shares the health benefits of laughter, and how anyone can shift their perspective to make humour front and centre regardless of the lemons life throws our way. She brings all the fun and energy of her comedy act to your virtual event, with the added excitement of seeing a cat or kid appear unexpectedly, reminding you that while life is far from perfect these days, we’re all in this bananas pandemic together.

This is a 30 minute virtual presentation. Holmes will perform live and cut to pre-recorded segments which will be provided prior to the event (a strong bandwidth on the host’s platform is recommended for this element).

Comedy

As a former cast member of the Royal Canadian Air Farce and the writer and star of her own sketch comedy series, The Holmes Show, Jessica Holmes honed her ability skewering celebrities like the larger-than-life Céline Dion, Michael Jackson and Britney Spears.

With a flurry of wig changes, Jessica brings her talents to the stage in this interactive mix of stand up comedy and music, including topical jokes and audience interactions guaranteed to delight any crowd.

Hosting

Whether in English, French, or a mix of the two, Jessica Holmes provides a performance filled with great off-the-cuff moments and interactions with the audience.

Through researching your company in advance of the big day, she’s able to custom tailor her show and incorporate your company’s needs into her performance.

Weaving her comedy in and out, Jessica 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 is represented by The Spotlight Agency for sponsorships, endorsements, public relations and media spokesperson campaigns, product launches, voiceovers, celebrity appearances, and more.  Please visit The Spotlight Agency for more details.