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Pete Holmes on his talk show's return (and goofing around with Mark-Paul Gosselaar)

Between its litany of pretaped sketches, its unique interview methods, and its host’s largely personal monologues, The Pete Holmes Show doesn’t look like a typical late-night talk show. And that’s sort of the point. “We’re going for a very transparent, authentic, silly, safe, fun show,” Holmes says. “Safe, but not boring.”

Clearly, Holmes and co. are doing something right — their Conan O’Brien-produced experiment returns to TBS Monday at midnight. Shortly after Holmes taped his first post-hiatus episode, he spoke with EW about getting guests to open up, getting advice from Conan, and getting Mark-Paul Gosselaar to strap on one hell of a wig.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Is it weird at all for you to be the interviewee instead of the interviewer?
PETE HOLMES: You know, it’s funny — the reason I started doing a podcast was because every time I was on someone else’s podcast, I would take it over a little bit. So yeah, it’s not a natural role for me. [Laughs] Yammerin’. So much yammerin’.

I almost feel like I should be asking you for tips.
No, I have no tips — except if you want people to tell you something private about them, tell them something private about you.


Watch Pete Holmes as Professor X fire Gambit -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Last week, you saw Pete Holmes chrome his dome to tackle the role of Professor X from the X-Men and fire Wolverine. (Hugh Jackman approved.) This week, in the latest installment of “The Ex-Men,” the comedian and new late-night host aims to relieve Gambit of his duties. He asks some good questions of the kinetic energy-manipulating mutant who can work wonders with a deck of cards, among other things. (“What if we’re attacked, and we’re not inside of a 99-Cent Store? Or in the paper plate aisle of a Target? Or perhaps at some knick-knack flea market in New Hampshire?”) Throw your fingers on the play button and check it out below.

The “Ex-Men” segments — of which there are more — can be seen on The Pete Holmes Show, which premieres Oct. 28 at midnight on TBS following Conan. (Conan O’Brien is an executive producer.) The half-hour series will feature a monologue that’s more rooted in stand-up than topical issues, sketches, video bits and interviews with fellow comedians/celebrities. Plus Pete in a bald cap. But you already knew that. READ FULL STORY

Pete Holmes gets new Conan O'Brien-produced late-night show

The late-night field just got more crowded. TBS has just announced a four-week trial run of a new untitled comedy series starring comedian Pete Holmes coming this fall.

Holmes is best-known as the host of the You Made It Weird podcast. His new show, airing Monday through Thursdays, will follow Conan, and is being executive produced by a team that includes Conan O’Brien. It will showcase “the comedian’s incredible skill set, combining sketches, short films, live comedy, field pieces and in-studio guest interviews into a fast-paced half hour.”

“Pete Holmes is an enormously likable performer with an agile and innovative mind,” O’Brien said in a press release. “I’m really looking forward to his show, and I’ve already had my son program my DVR.”

To get a taste, check out Holmes performing stand-up on Conan below: READ FULL STORY


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