A favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce, Jessica Holmes has brought the house down opening for comedic giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russel Peters, and Jerry Seinfeld. Her hilarious and validating take on life’s challenges plus her unique knack for skewering celebrities like Nikki Minaj, Britney Spears, and Celine Dion, keep her at the top of Canadian comedy.
Jessica broke into the comedy scene through The Second City, Just For Laughs, and TV shows like Little Big Kid and Itch. Recognized for her funny, quirky presence, she was given her own comedy special called Holmes Alone, which led to her own sketch series, The Holmes Show. Jessica than joined the Royal Canadian Air Farce, Canada’s number one sketch comedy troupe, where she honed her impressions playing politicians and celebrities.
As a performer, Jessica’s productions have garnered her a Platinum Award at The Worldfest International Film Festival, and nominations for Gemini Awards. She has also starred in the films Welcome to Mooseport, Citizen Duane, and Moonpoint. Jessica’s comedic prowess has made her a sought-after host and emcee, and she has worked with renowned celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Deepak Chopra.
Behind the laughter, Jessica, like millions of Canadians, has suffered with depression and is well known for speaking candidly about it. She is a celebrated voice in fighting the stigma surrounding mental health issues and encouraging work-life balance. In 2018, she became an ambassador for the Bell Let’s Talk campaign and published her memoir Depression the Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance.
A mother of two (and wife of one), Jessica is a pro when it comes to finding the humour in life’s imperfections, and turning embarrassments into punchlines.