I love The Pete Holmes Show. It's a wonderful new take on the nighttime talker, a great showcase for one of my favorite comedians (old Petey Pants), and created some amazing moments, characters and content.
EVERYONE loves the X-Men, Street Fighter and Batman sketches, but here's a collection of some of my favorite moments from the too-short lifespan of this wonderful show.
1. New Material Seinfeld
Oh man, New Material Seinfeld is just my favorite. It's so spot on and was entirely unexpected the first time he popped up. Bonus: You can catch Pete almost saying "new shit" in this one.
Sean McCarthy has a great piece at The Comics Comic talking to Joe DeRosa about it.
2. Sherlock Holmes Sucks At Deduction
Now this one was for the fangirls. Pete, with his adorable teased hair poking fun at everyone's favorite dreamy genius crime solver. WIth the excellent Matt McCarthy as Watson.
Speaking of Matt McCarthy, I just adore this PeteyLeaks segment for so many reasons. But mostly for the hilarious discomfort of Pete's as Matt called out his mix of total caring and just space cadet thoughtlessness. It's a beautiful moment, not just for the squirmy factor, but just such an honest and funny peek into a long time friendship.
4. Profound Profane
Profound Profane was another recurring segment that was a great juxtapostion of both just weird silliness (and discomfort) but also some real deep shit. I always loved that Pete had a lot of segments that weren't edgy or cool, but just wonderful and wide-eyed explorations of stuff that makes you feel good.
5. Realistic Garfield
Pete does these bits onstage about video game characters going to the doctor, he just sets it up and starts riffing about eating apples off the ground and whole chicken legs and this was a great offshoot of that.
6. Realistic Mario
Realistic Mario is another great take on that theme. With the added bonus of almost offensively comically bad Italian accents.
7. Pete Dazzles Jerrod With His Impressions
So many of Pete's guests were friends and fellow comedians, it made for a completely different vibe than your typical talk show. And this wonderful clip with Jerrod is one of my favorites.
I'm also gonna sneak in this one with Big Jay Oakerson that I love.
8. What's Wrong With Joe?
I mean, it's just so... I can't stop laughing to type a proper description. "I invented time travel, the burden's too great!"
Ok, I'm gonna try. It's a great window into how dude comedians show their love for each other.
9. Gary Gulman Stand-Up Set
Pete had a number of stand-ups on during the run and they are all delightful, but Gary and Beth Stelling (I'm sneaking in another two-for) are just the epitome of that.
Again, veering charmingly away from the standard late night setup, I love Pete's monologues. I didn't even know how to pick just one. I kinda threw a dart.