Dave Holmes Biography, Age, Family, Gay, Coldplay, Podcast and Books

Dave Holmes Biography

Dave Holmes is an American writer, producer, and television personality. He gained national attention in 1998, as the runner-up on MTV’s first Wanna Be a VJ contest.

Dave Holmes
Dave Holmes

Dave Holmes Age

Holmes was born on March 14, 1971, in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. He is 52 years old as of 2023. Furthermore, He celebrates his birthday on March 14 every year.

Dave Holmes Family

He is the son of Charles and Mary Lou. He has two older brothers, Dan and Steve. His family runs a financial consulting business in Clayton, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb.

Dave Holmes Education

He attended the Saint Louis Priory School, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. While at college, Holmes worked at WCHC, the campus radio station, and interned at WCCA-TV, Worcester’s public access television station.

Dave Holmes Gay | Dave Holmes Boyfriend

Holmes openly shared his sexual orientation in a 2002 interview with Out magazine, revealing that he identifies as gay. From the early 2000s onward, he has been romantically involved with musician Ben Wise.

Dave Holmes Mtv

Despite his loss to Jesse Camp, MTV hired him as a VJ shortly after Wanna Be a VJ. Holmes went on to host several MTV shows, including a Real World reunion special, Video Clichés, 120 Minutes, and the popular Say What? Karaoke until 2001. His MTV career lasted about three years longer than Camp’s. After he left MTV in 2002, Holmes hosted FX’s weekly movie night DVD on TV for ten seasons, and Court TV’s Saturday Night Solution for six.

In 2005, he hosted CBS’s reality comedy series Fire Me Please. On July 7, 2007, he co-hosted Bravo’s coverage of the Live Earth concerts with Karen Duffy. Holmes also appeared on a variety of talking-head shows for E!, VH1, and Tru TV on BBC. On September 23, 2010, he contributed a video to the “It Gets Better” project, spearheaded by advice columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage.

Dave Holmes Comedian

He had a recurring role as “Leslie Frost” on Comedy Central’s Reno 911!. He also appeared in a series of commercials for Ford Motors. Since 2015, Holmes has been an Editor-at-Large for Esquire. He also hosts the Maximum Fun comedy quiz show International Waters, and the Real World-themed Feral Audio podcast Truu Stowray along with musician Mike Doughty. Since 2003, Holmes has co-hosted the live comedy game show The Friday Forty with The Walking Dead executive producer Scott M. Gimple. He is also an on-air personality on the SiriusXM music channel The Spectrum.

Dave Holmes Podcast

Holmes is currently the host of the LGBT-themed Earwolf podcast Homophilia. Dave Holmes and Matt McConkey grill LGBT celebrities on what they’re loving, and who they’re loving. Additionally, this queer comedy party celebrates pop culture obsessions and interrogates guests on their personal experiences with dating, sex, and love. Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ad-free.

Dave Holmes Manager | Dave Holmes Coldplay

Holmes is the long-term Coldplay manager of Dave Holmes Management, a Santa Monica-based music management company, which was established in 2004 by long-term Coldplay manager Dave Holmes. As well as guiding the career of Coldplay – perhaps the planet’s biggest band of the past two decades – the company has managed acts including Scissor Sisters and My Chemical Romance to multi-platinum, worldwide success.

Alongside its management work, Dave Holmes Management produces tours and festivals, invests in startups, and produces films. The company also offers marketing consulting services, with current clients including Global Citizen Festival and Flow Water Inc.

Dave Holmes Book

  1. Perestroika, the Reform of the Russian Revolution – 1987
  2. Dollars for Death: Why Uranium Mining and the Nuclear Industry Must be Stopped – 1999
  3. Behind the US War on Afghanistan – 2001
  4. Terrorism: A Marxist Perspective – 2002
  5. Imperialism, War & Terrorism – 2007
  6. Change the System, Not the Climate! A Socialist View of Global Warming – 2007
  7. Socialism Revolution & the Working Class – 2007
  8. The Kurdish Freedom Struggle Today – 2015
  9. Rats – 2017

Party Of One Dave Holmes

“From comedian, Esquire contributor, and former MTV VJ Dave Holmes, the hilarious memoir of a music geek and perpetual outsider fumbling his way toward self-acceptance, with the music of the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s as his soundtrack. Furthermore, Holmes has spent his life on the periphery, nose pressed hopefully against the glass, wanting just one thing: to get inside. Growing up, he was the artsy kid in the sporty family.

At his high school and Catholic college, he was the closeted gay kid surrounded by crush-worthy straight guys. And in his twenties, in the middle of a disastrous career in advertising, he accidentally became an MTV VJ overnight when he finished second, naturally, in the Wanna Be a VJ contest, opening the door to fame, fortune, and celebrity–you know, almost.

But despite all the close calls, or possibly because of them, he just kept trying, and if (spoiler alert) he never quite succeeded, at least he got some good stories out of it. In Party of One, Dave tells the hilariously painful and painfully hilarious tales–in the vein of Rob Sheffield, Andy Cohen, Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Paul Feig, and Augusten Burroughs–of an outsider desperate to get in, of a misfit constantly changing shape, of a guy who finally learns to accept himself.

Structured around a mix of hits and deep cuts from the ’80s, ’90s, and ”00s–from Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Hungry Heart’ to Wilson Phillips’s ‘Impulsive’ to En Vogue’s ‘Free Your Mind’ and beyond–and punctuated with interludes like ‘So You’ve Had Your Heart Broken in the 1990s: A Playlist, ‘ this book is for anyone who’s ever felt like a square peg, especially those who found their place in the world, as we often do, around a band, an album, or a song. It’s a laugh-out-loud funny, deeply nostalgic story about never fitting in, never giving up, and listening to good music along the way”–

Dave Holmes Movies

  • Pillowfighter (2002, as Blindfolded Man)
  • Fantastic Four (2005, as Reporter)
  • You Owe Us. (2006, as Billy)
  • Reno 911!: Miami (2007, as Persnickety Desk Worker)
  • Promotion (2008)
  • Atomic Zoo: Sylvia Plath Car Wash (2010, as Cake Boy)
  • Hell Baby (2013, as Rental Car Guy)
  • Contracted (2013, as Therapist)
  • You or a Loved One (2014)


  • Spankin’ New Music Week (2000)
  • Kidnapped (2000, as Host)
  • Fire Me… Please (2005, as Host, 3 episodes)
  • Reno 911! (2004-2009, as Leslie Frost)
  • Self Storage (2010-2011, as Chad)
  • Kroll Show (2013, as Day Foams)
  • Ben and Kate (2013, as Casting Director)
  • FX Movie Download (2013, as Host)

Dave Holmes Social Media Platform

Holmes is active on his social media platforms. He has 22.3k Followers on Instagram, 85.2k followers on X (Twitter) and 1.4k Followers on Facebook.

Dave Holmes Twitter