Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes has been a perennial favourite on the Royal Canadian Air Farce for 15 years, 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 funny and inspiring book, Depression The Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance was published in 2018, and takes readers deeper into her mental health journey with validation and warmth.
As a performer, 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 is 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. Jessica appears in the upcoming CBC Gem series The Communist's Daughter.
Jessica lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.