“I learned a lot from Don (Rickles) and Bill who were both very generous with me when I opened for them,” said Holmes. “They never held me back or limited my time on stage. I particularly learned a jazz comedian riffling style from the two of them.”
Holmes comes by his tremendous talent naturally. His father is an African-American jazz musician and his mother is a classically trained Opera singer from Great Britain. Clint admits it was the best of two musical worlds, “My mom taught me how to sing correctly, and my dad taught me how to enjoy it.”
Casual elegance describes Clint’s presence on stage. He has a magical way of filling a room with a warm, comfortable sound. Clint’s musical selections range from contemporary to classic, with jazz and opera thrown into the mix. In addition, he has an energy and passion for life and performing that are infectious.
Having spent more than 20 years performing, Holmes has served as Joan Rivers’ sidekick and announcer on “The Late Show,” as the musical feature and event correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight” and as the host of his own Emmy-award-winning talk/variety show.
Holmes freely admits, though, that he loves nothing more than performing before a live audience.
Since moving to Las Vegas, Clint has quickly become a favorite in the Las Vegas community as well as a rising star in the entertainment arena. He was selected as “Best Kept Secret” by Las Vegas Life Magazine, and “Best Singer” (two years in a row), Best All-Around Las Vegas Performer” and “Favorite Male Las Vegan” by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Additionally, he has been the featured performer and host for the “Best of Las Vegas” Gala for the Las Vegas Review-Journal and host of the “Las Vegas Life Epicurean Awards. Clint was inducted into the Buffalo Musical Hall of Fame and into the Casino Legends Hall of Fame.
He released a DVD of his live performance at the Clint Homes Theater at Harrah’s, which debuted nationwide via IN DEMAND on July 7, 2001. In 2006 his PBS special of his Las Vegas Act was aired nationwide. PBS filmed three acts in Las Vegas for airing last year and along with Barry Manilow and Andrea Boccelli, Mr. Holmes, found himself in great company .
In the world of theater Clint is a seasoned performer and writer. Along with Nelson Cole he created the Book, Music and Lyrics for the musical Comfortable Shoes. Clint starred in the World Premiere of this musical at the legendary Papermill Playhouse. The musical had another successful run at the Royal George Theater in Chicago. Clint recently starred as Simon Zealotes in the YouthTheatre America One-Night-Only benefit production of Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley, Yvonne Elliman, Barry Dennen,. Ben Vereen and Jack Black.
He has just finished writing his latest musical
"Just Another Man" with Larry Moss and Bill Fayne. The World Premiere of this exciting new musical starring Mr. Holmes will be presented by the Nevada Conservatory Theater in May and June at the Judy Bailey Theater at UNLV.
Perhaps what has endeared Clint most to people of Las Vegas is his never-ending spirit of graciousness. In a short time, he has become involved with several worthwhile causes in the community such as Candlelighters, ROB Reachout, Shadetree, St. Jude’s, and various cultural events. Following a brief battle with Colon Cancer,
he is currently serving as a spokesman for the American Cancer
Society, encouraging people over age 50 to have annual
colonoscopies. He has also taken a special interest in
mentoring many young people interested in becoming
entertainers by working closely with the Las Vegas Academy of
Performing Arts. In December 2005, he launched the Clint
Holmes Foundation for the Performing Arts, which benefits
children in art and music programs in the Clark County School