Jessica Holmes makes a big return to CBC’s Air Farce

The comedienne dishes on impersonating Céline Dion & Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, opening for Seinfeld, Ellen and Oprah

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It’s been six years since Jessica Holmes last graced CBC’s Toronto soundstages as part of the cast of Air Farce. Just a few days ago, Holmes made her long-awaited return to shoot the comedy troupe’s one-hour New Year’s Eve special.

You’d think she’d be popping champagne in celebration, but no, instead she’s stressing over her Christmas shopping list.

“I just started Christmas shopping,” she tells Popjournalism in a phone interview. “I’ve been putting it off because I’ve been so busy lately and I don’t know what I’m going to do. Anything popular that my kids may want will have to be from the 1980s.”

Christmas stresses notwithstanding, it’s good to have Holmes back on Air Farce.

“I watched the last New Year’s Eve special with my family and we all loved it,” she says. “I thought it was hilarious and the new cast members were amazing and it looked like so much fun. I was itching to go back, so I got in touch with [cast member and executive producer] Don [Ferguson] and I’m really grateful to be back, and for them to have made room for me.”

So why ever leave the Farce family?

“I wanted to get away from scripted work at the time,” she says of her Air Farce exit in 2010. “I wanted to experiment more, to see where my inner muse took me. Unfortunately, my inner muse is a homeless, toothless man who gives terrible advice. In between, I’ve been doing stand-up and motivational speaking, corporate keynotes. These past years have truly taken me to some awesome places. I’ve opened for Oprah, Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters and Jerry Seinfeld.”


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