Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes is a perennial favourite on the Royal Canadian Air Farce, and brings the house down on-stage with her stand-up comedy, having opened for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and even Oprah Winfrey.
But behind the laughter, 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 seem to be a dark topic. Jessica’s new book, Depression: The Comedy (due in April, 2018) takes readers deeper into her mental health journey, sharing lessons she learned along the way, including how to find work-life balance and reignite your passions.
In television and film, Jessica is also known for starring in her own program, The Holmes Show, and has also been seen in the films Welcome to Mooseport, Citizen Duane, and Moon Point.
On stage, Jessica’s productions have garnered a “Platinum Award” at The Worldfest International Film Festival; multiple nominations for Gemini Awards; and the prestigious Tim Sims Scholarship.
She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.