Celebrated Comedian, Author, Mental Health Advocate
A favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce, Jessica Holmes 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.
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 has appeared at Just For Laughs and Second City. She is also known for her work in films, including Welcome to Mooseport, Citizen Duane, and Moonpoint. She continues to perform comedy across the country, with a recent appearance on CBC’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival television special. And of course, every year you can see her new characters on the Air Farce NYE special.
Jessica is devoted 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 depression, finding work-life balance, and re-igniting passion. In 2018 she joined the Bell Let’s Talk campaign as one of their celebrity ambassadors.
Jessica’s autobiographical book, I Love Your Laugh, was published in 2010, and she recently completed her second book, Depression: The Comedy. She lives in Toronto with her husband, two children, and a gaggle of pets.