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Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate

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Mental Health Keynote Demo
Laugh It Off
Jessica Holmes - Event Host
Jessica Holmes Headshot
Mental Health Keynote Demo
Laugh It Off
Jessica Holmes - Event Host

Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes has brought the house down opening for giants like Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. She has also performed at Just For Laughs and The Second City, and starred in the hit comedy series, Royal Canadian Air Farce and The Holmes Show. Her hilarious take on life’s challenges as well as her unique knack for impersonating celebrities always leaves audiences in stitches.

Holmes, like millions of Canadians, has struggled both with post-partum depression and, as she puts it, “regular, run-of-the-mill, garden-variety depression”. Striving to help end the stigma around mental health issues, she openly shares her personal stories with the humour she’s known for, bringing light to what can often be a dark topic. Her funny and inspiring book, Depression The Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance, delves into her personal journey with validation and warmth. It was named one of the top 25 books about mental health by Reader’s Digest. Holmes is grateful to help end the stigma around mental illness and was honoured to join the Bell Let’s Talk team as a celebrity ambassador in 2018.

Today, Holmes’ greatest joy is working as an advocate for mental health and helping people take simple, sustainable steps towards fulfillment and well-being, one laugh at a time.

Speaking topics

Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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Client reviews

  • Jessica was incredible to work with — so kind and easy-going. She added so much to the gala and the attendees and client thought her performance really spiced up the event in the way we were hoping!

  • Jessica was a smashing, and I mean smashing success! WOW WOW WOW.  I’ve heard her a few times now and she never disappoints. She is gorgeous, funny, kind and so professional.  She was so easy to work with and accommodating.

    All around a fabulous experience. Thank you for helping me look like a superstar!

  • You were amazing at moving from hilarious comedy immediately into your role as our Master of Ceremonies while maintaining an air of dignity throughout the event – “just what we had hoped for…”! You were a delight to work with and we have received nothing but rave reviews since the event – thanks in large part to your role in the evening.

  • You were an enormous hit and we are receiving continuous positive comments from your performance and the concept of having a professional taking care of our audience in such a professional way.

  • The It Girl of Canadian comedy…dark and delicious is the name of Holmes’ game.

  • Once again you outdid yourself. You were absolutely brilliant and everyone loved you! Thank you so much for pulling it off in such a short time – the mark of a true pro. Now if I could only book you for every show we do!

  • Jessica was absolutely masterful. Her level of professionalism as a MC was outstanding. Her interventions throughout the entire day were timely, tasteful and down right hilarious. Her skits were down right funny! Couple with an incredible voice and you had everyone just wanting more of Jessica. What more can you ask for, a Billy Crystal caliber MC, a downright funny comedian/improviser and just a real nice person!

  • You were right to suggest Jessica, she was a huge success. The participants and invited guests had a great time (I have never seen my president laugh so much).

  • We had a fabulous evening with Jessica Holmes. She was amazing! The perfect balance of comedic entertainment and positive life psychology. As a primarily a female event, the men who attended LOVED Jessica!

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