Dave Holmes Biography
Dave Holmes is an American writer, producer, and television personality. He gained national attention in 1998, as the runner-up on MTV’s first Wanna Be a VJ contest.
He attended the Saint Louis Priory School, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. While at college, Holmes worked at WCHC, the campus radio station, and interned at WCCA-TV, Worcester’s public access television station.
Dave Holmes Age
He was born on March 14, 1971 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. He is 47 years old as of 2018.
Dave Holmes Family
He is the son of Charles and Mary Lou. He has two older brothers, Dan and Steve. His family runs a financial consulting business in Clayton, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb.
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Holmes came out as a gay man in Out magazine in 2002. Since the early 2000s, Holmes has been in a relationship with musician Ben Wise .
Dave Holmes Mtv
Despite him losing to Jesse Camp, MTV hired him as a VJ shortly after Wanna Be a VJ. Holmes went on to host several MTV shows, including a Real World reunion special, Video Clichés, 120 Minutes, and the popular Say What? Karaoke until 2001. His MTV career lasted about three years longer than Camp’s.
After he left MTV in 2002, Holmes hosted FX’s weekly movie night DVD on TV for ten seasons, and Court TV’s Saturday Night Solution for six.
In 2005, he hosted CBS’s reality comedy series Fire Me Please. On July 7, 2007, he co-hosted Bravo’s coverage of the Live Earth concerts with Karen Duffy.
Holmes also appeared on a variety of talking-head shows for E!, VH1, Tru TV on BBC. On September 23, 2010, he contributed a video to the “It Gets Better” project, spearheaded by advice columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage.
Dave Holmes Comedian
He had a recurring role as “Leslie Frost” on Comedy Central’s Reno 911!. He also appeared in a series of commercials for Ford motors. Since 2015, Holmes has been an Editor-at-Large for Esquire.
He also hosts the Maximum Fun comedy quiz show International Waters, and the Real World-themed Feral Audio podcast Truu Stowray along with musician Mike Doughty.
Since 2003, Holmes has co-hosted the live comedy game show The Friday Forty with The Walking Dead executive producer Scott M. Gimple. He is also an on-air personality on the SiriusXM music channel The Spectrum.
Dave Holmes Podcast
Dave Holmes is currently the host of the LGBT-themed Earwolf podcast Homophilia. Dave Holmes and Matt McConkey grill LGBT celebrities on what they’re loving, and who they’re loving. This queer comedy party celebrates pop culture obsessions and interrogates guests on their personal experiences with dating, sex and love. Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ad-free.
Dave Holmes Manager | Dave Holmes Coldplay
Dave Holmes is the long-term Coldplay manager of Dave Holmes Management, a Santa Monica-based music management company, which was established in 2004 by long-term Coldplay manager Dave Holmes.
As well as guiding the career of Coldplay – perhaps the planet’s biggest band of the past two decades – the company has managed acts including Scissor Sisters and My Chemical Romance to multi-platinum, worldwide success.
Alongside its management work, Dave Holmes Management produces tours and festivals, invests in startups and produces films. The company also offers marketing consulting services, with current clients including Global Citizen Festival and Flow Water Inc.
Dave Holmes Book
- Perestroika, the Reform of the Russian Revolution – 1987
- Dollars for Death: Why Uranium Mining and the Nuclear Industry Must be Stopped – 1999
- Behind the US War on Afghanistan – 2001
- Terrorism: A Marxist Perspective – 2002
- Imperialism, War & Terrorism – 2007
- Change the System, Not the Climate! A Socialist View of Global Warming – 2007
- Socialism Revolution & the Working Class – 2007
- The Kurdish Freedom Struggle Today – 2015
- Rats – 2017
Party Of One Dave Holmes
“From comedian, Esquire contributor, and former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a music geek and perpetual outsider fumbling his way toward self-acceptance, with the music of the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s as his soundtrack. Dave Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass, wanting just one thing: to get inside. Growing up, he was the artsy kid in the sporty family. At his high school and Catholic college, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys. And in his twenties, in the middle of a disastrous career in advertising, he accidentally became an MTV VJ overnight when he finished second, naturally, in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, opening the door to fame, fortune, and celebrity–you know, almost.
But despite all the close calls, or possibly because of them, he just kept trying, and if (spoiler alert) he never quite succeeded, at least he got some good stories out of it. In Party of One, Dave tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales–in the vein of Rob Sheffield, Andy Cohen, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Paul Feig, and Augusten Burroughs–of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a guy who finally learns to accept himself. Structured around a mix of hits and deep cuts from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s–from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Hungry Heart’ to Wilson Phillips’s ‘Impulsive’ to En Vogue’s ‘Free Your Mind’ and beyond–and punctuated with interludes like ‘So You’ve Had Your Heart Broken in the 1990s: A Playlist, ‘ this book is for anyone who’s ever felt like a square peg, especially those who found their place in the world, as we often do, around a band, an album, or a song. It’s a laugh-out-loud funny, deeply nostalgic story about never fitting in, never giving up, and listening to good music along the way”–
Originally published: June 28, 2016
Author: Dave Holmes
Genres: Humour, Autobiography
Dave Holmes Movies
- Pillowfighter (2002, as Blindfolded Man)
- Fantastic Four (2005, as Reporter)
- You Owe Us. (2006, as Billy)
- Reno 911!: Miami (2007, as Persnickety Desk Worker)
- Promotion (2008)
- Atomic Zoo: Sylvia Plath Car Wash (2010, as Cake Boy)
- Hell Baby (2013, as Rental Car Guy)
- Contracted (2013, as Therapist)
- You or a Loved One (2014)
- Spankin’ New Music Week (2000)
- Kidnapped (2000, as Host)
- Fire Me… Please (2005, as Host, 3 episodes)
- Reno 911! (2004-2009, as Leslie Frost)
- Self Storage (2010-2011, as Chad)
- Kroll Show (2013, as Day Foams)
- Ben and Kate (2013, as Casting Director)
- FX Movie Download (2013, as Host)
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Dave Holmes Interview
Interviewer: Dave Holmes of ‘Bravo’s Play by Play’ Brings The Real Talk: “We’re All Kristens Who Think We’re Arianas”
DECIDER: Did you know Jerry before this?
Dave Holmes: I did know Jerry before this. I knew Jerry a little bit in the ’90s when I was at MTV. He was kind of at the beginning of his second phase of his acting career. I think Sliders was on right about then. He did a movie called Body Shots with Tara Reid, if you remember that. So yeah, I got to know him. I think we met at Spring Break or something like that and we clicked. So he would come to my parties, I lived in the East Village in like a Friends apartment. There were four of us and it was a huge place on two levels and we had this big roof deck so we had parties all the time. Our neighbors hated us. My roommates were all like Wall Street people and so the one famous person who would come to our parties was Jerry O’Connell and my roommates and their friends were like (whispers), “Jerry O’Connell’s at our party.” It was exciting.
Interviewer: When you guys do the show, is there more Bravo talk during the breaks?
Dave Holmes: There is, yeah. Especially now at the very beginning. We have our opinions but it’s like, for the first episode anyway, you wanna make sure you’re talking to this camera here, and a million other things on your mind. In breaks the pressure is off a little bit and then we kinda start talking. It’s all coming together.
Interviewer: It feels like Team Carole vs. Team Bethenny can’t be restricted to one segment.
Dave Holmes: I’m telling you, that’s really a sticking point for all of us now. And it turns out to be controversial among my friends. I’m only facing heat on Twitter from people I actually know. The strangers were kind to me. My friends could not believe that I was Team Carole.
Interviewer: I told Jerry that I started on Team Carole and then flipped to Team Bethenny during the reunion.
Dave Holmes: Wow, I found her appalling in the reunion. I just felt like she felt cornered, she lashed out, can’t have been comfortable for her but that’s what you sign up for with these things. I’m gonna get you back on Team Carole.
Interviewer: You’re not the only one trying. And I like Carole too, I didn’t want them to be fighting in the first place. But Carole did respond to the first episode. She had some thoughts on—
Dave Holmes: I know. She did not enjoy being called “Trumpian,” that did not sit well with her. That really hit a nerve.
Interviewer: So if Jerry is a 10 in his Bravo knowledge, where are you and did you feel you had to step it up a all?
Dave Holmes: I knew my stuff. I know the players, Jerry knows the dates, and the history, and the geography and you know, the battle of Posche Fashion Show…I’m a good student. He’s a professor.
Interviewer: How did it feel that you guys got to film your own Housewives intro for the show, and you got to do the poses?
Dave Holmes: I mean, what a dream. That has been my career goal for a long time. That’s one of my vision board bucket list things, just to turn around on camera and have my name be there. Not just like the Housewives but like James Eckhouse in the original 90210, you know what I mean?
Interviewer: Oh yes, with ‘tude.
Dave Holmes: Yeah, a little bit of ‘tude. To turn around surprised and then there you are. The little nod? I love that. So to do that, it was really something.
Interviewer: Did they ask you what you wanted to hold?
Dave Holmes: They did, I mean I would’ve preferred a live dog. There was much fruit, there was an empty bottle of I believe Vanderpump Rosé, but that just wouldn’t have read on camera so I went with the stuffed dog. I stand by my choice.
Interviewer: Now that you are on a Bravo show, are people even more excited to talk to you about Bravo, have you noticed the increase already?
Dave Holmes: Oh yeah. And it JUST aired. So I’ve barely been out into the world. I do feel like I’m gonna get accosted on the street by rabid Team Bethenny fans. The thing about these shows is that you watch them and you see these people as characters, even though you know on some level, some part of your rational mind knows that they’re people, but you think of them as characters. So it’s easy to go on TV and talk about them as characters and I’m never gonna say anything harsh. I’m never gonna be a terrible person, but I have said things like I believe Vicki Gunvalson is history’s greatest monster and I do believe that. And you have to remember that that is a human person who’s gonna hear those words and that might be hurtful to them, so I do worry about my eventual meeting with Vicki Gunvalson.
Interviewer: Of all people, she will for sure hear that.
Dave Holmes: She will for sure hear that and she will yell. And I’ve seen it and I’m afraid of it.
Interviewer: I appreciated you talking about why gay men shouldn’t call women bitches. I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but it’s 2018, we’re all evolving. Hopefully.
Dave Holmes: I just don’t love it. It’s not a thing I love. I also don’t like the “my gays” things, I don’t like it when women call their gays their gays. I find it’s dehumanizing. I know that all of these things come from a good place, but it doesn’t matter. Just still don’t do it. It’s still calling a woman a bitch. I know it calls to mind whatever Britney Spears song that is, but let’s evolve.
Interviewer: What have you learned about yourself through this process in discussing Housewives shenanigans or even just hearing other dudes’ perspectives?
Dave Holmes: One thing I love about the Housewives is that they will say the things they have on their minds. It’s part of their job, there is a camera on them, nobody wants to watch someone pleasantly take abuse or quietly hold on to a resentment, you gotta lash out. I like that the women are able to lash out at one another and then make up in some way, not always but a lot of the time. I like that they are able to make fools of themselves, and then just show up for work the next day with a fresh coat of makeup on, just pretend it didn’t happen or just deal with what the consequences are. They live their lives emotionally and fully, which is a thing I can stand to do. I’m a little too Irish, and I can stand to not be.
Interviewer: Is there a Bravolebrity that you relate to?
Dave Holmes: I feel like I’m kinda like an Ariana from Vanderpump Rules. I feel in my group of friends sometimes that, I’m probably gassing myself up here, sometimes chaos can swirl and when it does, now that I’m saying this I realize it’s 100% not true, I am part of the chaos as well. But I at least feel like I am the calm center at the heart of the chaos. Probably not true. I’m probably more the Katie.
Interviewer: Are you the Kristen?
Dave Holmes: I might be. I might be more of a Kristen than I think I am. I think we’re all Kristens who think we’re Arianas. It’s a fact of life. That is probably as true as it gets.
Interviewer: Is there a Bravo storyline that you have become surprisingly invested in?
Dave Holmes: Yeah, I want redemption for Danielle Staub. I really do. Because that was my gateway, Real Housewives of New Jersey. And it was at the height of her reign on the show before the reunion where it all went down. And then her eventual thing with Lori. After watching that I went back and I saw her friendship with Jacqueline grow and I saw the look on her face when it was just the two of them like having lunch and stuff. I just felt like, “Oh this is a woman who has not had a friend in the world ever.” And has been treated terribly and has made bad decisions for sure, but there’s probably a good heart beating in there somewhere. So I’m glad to see her coming back around. I would like to see her become a regular and redeem herself.
Interviewer: Is there a Bravolebrity that you would like to have on your podcast?
Dave Holmes: I think we would all lose our minds at Jax Taylor.
Interviewer: I feel like that is so doable.
Dave Holmes: Oh 100%. I find him really interesting. He is a trip and we’ve said a lot of crazy stuff about him on the show so I’m curious to see how he reacts, if we’re gonna get some patented Jax bugged-out eyes anger.
Interviewer: Do you think that Bravo now more than ever has helped you escape the world?
Dave Holmes: Yeah, like right now at this point in history so many people have said you gotta watch The Handmaid’s Tale. And I watched episode one and I was like, “This is five minutes away, I cannot be entertained by this it’s too real.” And a lot of like peak TV stuff is just too dark and too real. I mean, This Is Us, A Million Little Things, I need heartwarming things. I need kind people doing kind things to one another. I need poetry. I need music and I honestly love these shows. They have taken the place of soap opera in our world and I love soap opera.
Interviewer: Is there anything else you’ve been binge-watching that you really like?
Dave Holmes: Well I’m a huge fan of Coronation Street. I was big on the Eastenders in the ’80s when it was on PBS. I loved that and then that went away. But I had a taste for British soaps and then Coronation Street went on Hulu and now we do BritBox just for Coronation Street. So I watch that. I watch a lot of British TV. I watch the Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure series. I watch Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders Absolutely Champers on Britbox. It’s really Joanna Lumley walking through beautiful rooms or champagne caves or whatever and going, “Oh, isn’t it marvelous, isn’t it simply marvelous, isn’t it gorgeous?” And it’s really just an hour of that. It’s kinda perfect. It’s the cure for what ails you.
Interviewer: I’m sure somebody has mentioned Love Island to you.
Dave Holmes: Oh yeah, I got into Love Island. We watched a good seven episodes one night of this past season and knowing that you can’t just do one, schedules are gonna have to be rejiggered. I loved it. Who do you like?
Interviewer: Well I loved Niall, I do love Jack and Dani.
Dave Holmes: Oh, me too. Who’s the one with the curly hair?
Dave Holmes: Eyal. Simply gorgeous. Isn’t he gorgeous?
Interviewer: Completely dumb, but great to look at. The more I stick with it the more I love everybody. They are all just so precious I find something I love about all of them.
Dave Holmes: Can we talk about Grocer Joe on Dancing With the Stars? I love him.
Interviewer: I was aghast when he was eliminated the first episode of The Bachelorette.
Dave Holmes: Me too. Furious. I stopped watching in protest and that’s not a joke.
Interviewer: Same. I made it through a couple more episodes and said, there’s really no point to this. Because I follow him on Instagram and that’s really all that matters. Seeing him like, “I’m at a bar.”
Dave Holmes: Yeah, “Here I am, I have a hot dog! It’s good.”
Interviewer: I didn’t watch Dancing with the Stars, should I? Or will I feel bad?
Dave Holmes: Yes you should and yes you will. He doesn’t do a great job but I think he’ll be fine because they’re so good-willed. People are gonna call in. The scores were low, I don’t think it’s gonna matter. I think the audience is gonna keep them around. He doesn’t seem real bright, but I love him. I hope Hollywood doesn’t spoil him.