It seems like forever that The Pete Holmes Show was bringing a bright slice of comedy to television screens after Conan finished for the night. It was a nice experiment at bringing Holmes You Made It Weird podcast to TBS, with a nice mix of College Humor, dork humor, and laughter. Plenty of laughter, usually from Holmes. But it was genuine laughter, a lot different than what you usually see on The Tonight Show.
The show came to an end after two seasons, leaving You Made It Weird left to fill the void. It does well, but you can’t help but miss some of the better parts of Holmes’ show within the podcast. Even his letter to fans when the show got canceled is something special:
We got to make 80 (eight-zero! Sometimes filming as many as 19 in 10 days!) episodes and I am extremely proud of each and every one of them. I talked to and worked with my heroes. I met incredible athletes and filmmakers. I shook hands regularly with a puppet. I got to work everyday in a magical chocolate factory of joy side by side with some of my best friends laughing and being silly all day. And then I got to share it with our fans. It was an absolute dream come true…
Doing this show has changed my life for the better in uncountable ways. We’ve learned so much. We laughed a ton. And we had an absolute blast doing it.
Now the thing I like about You Made It Weird is the personal nature of the stories and interviews. It’s hard to really get that on a TV set, but it was something missing from the TV show. Also missing was any mention of the chicken, which is honestly one of the most positive things I’ve taken from Pete Holmes in my darker periods. Chicken works, people.
Essentially it’s hard to have a negative experience with Pete Holmes. He’s funny, he’s positive, and he does it all without dipping into the negative. We can’t wait for his series with Judd Apatow, but we remember The Pete Holmes Show fondly.