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By Kent Larsen

Former Missionary Hits Comedy Network

TORONTO, CANADA -- Former missionary Jessica Holmes is poking fun at idols, celebrities and friends, and her work was just captured in a series of 13 episodes that will air starting next week on the Comedy Network. Holmes, 27, stars as anchor Tricia Farr in "The Itch," a send-up of Hollywood entertainment shows. Her comedy is also the subject of an hour-long special, "Holmes Alone" which will air Sunday as the season premiere of "Comedy Network Presents."

One of the subjects of Holmes comedy is Canadian singer Celine Dion, who Holmes skewers for her relationship with her husband, who Dion met when she was 13. But Holmes says Dion is something of an idol. "I feel so torn about it. I love her music, I love watching her in concert. It's the people I idolize that I end up poking fun at."

Holmes adds that she wouldn't be surprised at anger from Dion, "I certainly wouldn't blame her for being angry with me. But I know that creatively and artistically I do make moral choices." But she also gets irritated at some celebrities, "I get a bit irked when someone like Woody Allen marries his stepdaughter, or when Kathie Lee is getting into all kinds of trouble over sweatshops."

Holmes says she developed her sense of morality from her devoutly Mormon father and from her mother, a rape crisis counsellor. She says that her happy and stable childhood had a positive influence on her sense of humor, "I'm not into dark comedy," she said. "That's not how I see the world. Maybe I see the world through rose-coloured glasses, but I love life."

Her comedy has also been influenced by her religious experiences. One of the characters she has made up, Candy Anderson Henderson, is an amalgamation of people she met while serving a two-year mission. "I'd never seen so many curling irons, stamp collections or arts and crafts materials that somehow related to Jesus," she said.


Comic sends up folks she loves
Edmonton Alberta Canada Sun 10Nov00 P2
By Steve Tilley: Edmonton Sun


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