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The Divine Comedy of Pete Holmes: Spirituality, Creativity, & Growing Through Adversity

By October 19, 2023No Comments
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Episode #788



It’s time to grapple with the absurdity of life, the nature of reality, truth, consciousness, and the hard problems that perplex humanity.

Here to add a healthy dose of humor, wit, and wisdom to this week’s inquiry is one of my favorite humans, Pete Holmes.

A stand-up king with a cornucopia of comedy specials, including HBO’s Faces and Sounds, Dirty Clean, and the CBS sitcom How We Roll, Pete is best known as the creator and star of the semi-autobiographical critically acclaimed HBO show Crashing which he created alongside friend of the pod Judd Apatow.

In addition, he hosts the You Made It Weird podcast and is the author of the bestselling memoir, Comedy Sex God. Pete is also working on a new comedy special worthy of your attention entitled, I’m Not For Everyone, which drops on Netflix October 24th.

“I am a person. I am a man. I am a comedian. But when I get really quiet, all that goes away. All that is left is beingness.”


Today we talk about everything from spirituality to comedy, creativity, consciousness, fatherhood, and the many disorientations of mid-life.

More specifically, we talk about how parenthood changes your perspective on life, why pain is the precursor to transformation, the nature of reality and the illusion of self, and why mercy is more powerful than forgiveness.

The visually inclined can watch it all go down on YouTube and Spotify. As always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts.

Much has changed since Pete was first on the podcast back in 2019. This one is equal parts silly and spiritual, philosophical and funny.

Prepare to have your noodle bent—and have some laughs along the way.

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