David Robert “Dave” Holmes (born March 14, 1971) is a television personality who gained national attention as the runner-up on MTV’s firstWanna Be a VJ contest in 1998. From the beginning, he distinguished himself from other candidates with an encyclopedic knowledge of music trivia.
Despite his loss to Jesse Camp, MTV hired Holmes to conduct celebrity interviews. He went on to host several other MTV shows, including120 Minutes, a Real World reunion special, and the popular Say What? Karaoke until 2001. His MTV career lasted about two years longer than Camp’s.
Post-MTV, Holmes co-hosts Court TV’s Saturday Night Solution programming block, and FX’s DVD on TV. In 2005 he hosted the CBSsummer series Fire Me…Please. Holmes has also appeared on numerous programs on VH1, including Best Week Ever, Super Secret Movie Rules and 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s. He has also appeared on The Andy Dick Show, Comedy Central’s Reno 911!, The Hughleys, and he appeared as a reporter in the 2005 film Fantastic Four.