Pete Holmes: The New Late Night Kid!

Categories: Q&As, TV, comedy

I'd love to get Christian Bale on to see what he thinks about my Batman videos.
Comedian Pete Holmes juggles a lot already including a successful stand-up career, hosting a hilarious podcast called, "You Made it Weird," making incredibly funny shorts complete with goofy impressions, and being a witty and talented writer. He's even the voice of that "E-Trade Baby." And just when you thought he couldn't add any more to his plate, Holmes has been tapped to host his very own late night talk show and we personally can't wait. With The Pete Holmes Show premiering October 28th on TBS right after Conan, we talked to Pete about what kind of hilarity is in store for us when he hits the TV screen every Monday through Thursday.

OC Weekly (Ali Lerman): First of all, you were absolutely fantastic on Opie and Anthony a couple of weeks ago. I loved the story about you "being off of the porn."

Pete Holmes: Oh you're the first person that I've talked to that heard me on there so I'm so happy to hear you say that! Well also, I don't talk to anyone. [Laughs.] What's interesting is that those things that we were talking about on O&A are the sorts of things that I want to talk about in my monologue. Those topics about being off pornography or allowing yourself to feel the need to require another person, it's exactly the sort of stuff that I want to cover. Wouldn't that be weird?

I think it'd be pretty awesome because everyone's monologue on late night TV is pretty much the same. I've heard enough about Lindsay Lohan for a lifetime.

Yeah. [Laughs.] Well that's the plan. There are enough people who do the set-up/ punchline from the news and they do it very well. We're going to try to be as different as we can be.

I love that idea. Just to be clear though, you are back on the porn now correct?

That's a great question. [Laughs.] I was off of it for a few months and then I went back on it. So I've been off of it an on it, I go back and forth. I'm trying still to be off of it because it just felt really good for me. It just made actual sex so much better. I mean it was already great but if it makes it a lot better, why aren't we all doing this? [Laughs.]

That's so funny. So in a non-sexual way, how did you get involved with Conan?

Haaa. Well Conan and I have had a non-sexual and non-porn relationship for a couple of years now. [Laughs.] It started by just doing stand-up on his show and then we ended up talking afterwards. Then I did his show again maybe a year later and again, we talked after and hit it off again. We had a couple of meetings and we just talked about our approach to comedy and our approach to life to be honest. I kind of thought that was all that would come of it but then we had a third meeting and we discussed going to TBS and pitching a show. And that's why we're here now!

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