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Chat with Pete Holmes

by Tim 30th Sep 2015 | 8 comments

A while ago, I did the You Made It Weird podcast with the incredibly kind Pete Holmes.

I don’t often post about such things, and usually never listen back, because it stirs up self-loathing. But Pete is such an extraordinary guy: very funny, with an incredibly generous personality and a wonderful, room-vibrating, heart-warming laugh.

Pete likes to start his interviews by talking about comedy and end them talking about spirituality. He is one of the rare comedians who come from a very religious background. He found his way out, and into an intrigued and intriguing kind of spirituality.

I found this interview curious because of what a total bore I am in the first 45 minutes. Despite Pete’s generosity, I basically come across as a bit of a dick. I think that’s because I don’t really like talking about comedy, and don’t actually know anything about it. And I’m weirdly defensive or something. Dunno.

Anyway, at 45 minutes, talk turns to ethics and humanism, and suddenly the conversation is actually pretty interesting, I think. And although I talk a lot about these subjects, perhaps there’s stuff in it that might be pleasantly provocative for you, and perhaps clarifies my thoughts on stuff. If you’re interested.

So, my advice:
1. Listen from 45mins.
2. Go check out Pete Holmes if you have the chance.


You can listen to or download the podcast from You Made It Weird With Pete Holmes or you’ll find it here on nerdist.com or iTunes.

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Diana Cryder on 24th of October 2015

This is a really great podcast. At about 45 minutes, Tim gets into meatier topics. Some of this stuff is really hard to have a conversation about without people’s emotions running high and flying off the handle. I even got called a monster and a demon for trying to talk about this stuff. But the topics are of major importance and we need more dialogue like this. Thanks for having the courage to engage in public discourse about the hard questions.

Elizabeth Dultz on 1st of October 2015

If the first segment has any flaws it’s Holmes’ apparent antagonism toward his own guest. But the latter, existential dialogue is brilliant and fascinating. A good listen! :)

Nicole on 1st of October 2015

That was just fantastic. One of the better discussions on, well, humanity really that I have heard in a while.

Pat on 1st of October 2015

Somewhere in the middle of this I found myself tearing up with a sense of overwhelming relief that the two of you were saying things I often think. These are ideas I can feel quite alone with. I find so many of the people in my life, intelligence notwithstanding, are so very superstitious or reactive or both. And I don’t have the skill to dialog with them if they are committed to defending a belief instead of examining it. Guess I need to get to get out more often. Looking forward to seeing you in all your shock-headed glory in L.A. In October. Thanks for this.

Nezih on 1st of October 2015

Already did all that, Tim.
Gotta love Pete, great episode.
There’s other similar YMIW episodes. It’s the ones with Duncan Trussell and Dan Harmon.

Please do more stuff like this!


Jenny on 1st of October 2015

Lovely hearing your voice again and your views on lots of thing’s. Food for thought, wonderful podcast. X X

Mary Lou from NJ on 1st of October 2015

This was a mind blowing dialogue…open and honest with more depth than I have experienced in awhile. Thank you for sharing your thought provoking opinions with us. I appreciate your musical, comedic, and with this interview, your verbal genius. You are an inspiring gift….Thank you, again!

Tamarimik on 30th of September 2015

Sorry Tim, loved the first 45 mins as well (there’s still some new stuff in there and it’s great). I do see what you mean though, you’ve talked the shizz out of your beginnings and your take on comedy in interviews for years, it must get a bit repetitive. Of course you touch on your views regarding “other” subjects often, but in an encounter such as this one that’s not really an interview but more of a dialog, lots of different things come out, and with the interaction between the two of you, it’s a fascinating listen.

And a pleasure to see a blog from you!
*fangirl overload, apologies*

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