David Robert Holmes
March 14, 1971 (age 52) (
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
TV personality, Actor, Blogger, Writer
Mary Lou Holmes, Charles Holmes
Movies and TV shows
Jesse Camp, Eric England, Matt Mercer, Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant
Dan Holmes, Steve Holmes
David Robert "Dave" Holmes (born March 14, 1971) is a television personality who gained national attention as the runner-up on MTV's first Wanna Be a VJ contest in 1998. From the beginning, he distinguished himself from other candidates with an encyclopedic knowledge of music trivia.
Despite his loss to Jesse Camp, MTV hired Holmes to conduct celebrity interviews. He went on to host several other MTV shows, including 120 Minutes, a Real World reunion special, and the popular Say What? Karaoke until 2001. His MTV career lasted about two years longer than Camp's. On July 7, 2007, he co-hosted Bravo's coverage of the Live Earth Concerts with Karen Duffy. He also appeared on Most Annoying People of 2008 on BBC.
Holmes came Out as a gay man in Out magazine in 2002.
On September 23, 2010, Holmes contributed a video to the "It Gets Better" project, spearheaded by advice columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage.
Currently, he works on-air at FX, and he hosts the daily video podcast A Drink With Dave. He is the host of the Maximum Fun comedy quiz show International Waters. He has also been appearing in commercials for Ford motors.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Holmes's family includes parents Charles and Mary Lou and two older brothers, Dan and Steve. The family runs a financial consulting business in Clayton, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb. Holmes attended Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, the Saint Louis Priory School and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he worked at WCHC, the campus radio station, and interned at WCCA-TV, Worcester's public access television station.
Holmes has been in a long term relationship with musician Ben Wise since the early 2000s.
On June 28, 2016, Penguin Random House's Crown Archetype imprint published Holmes' nonfiction book Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs. The memoir chronicles Holmes's experiences coming to self-acceptance during adolescence and early adulthood, with popular music as a guide and backdrop, from the 1980s through the present day. Kirkus Reviews has described it as "a hilarious and touching coming-of-age story that will strike a particular nerve among Generation Y."