Erma Holmes was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was educated in the Philadelphia school system graduating from the academically acclaimed Philadelphia High School for Girls. Already tagged a class clown in her yearbook she was destined to make humor a part of her personality for life.
While performing for family and friends her repertoire of jokes included infants to senior citizens. In her first public appearance as a comedian Erma won second place in the Africamericas Talent Express Competition, an annual event at the infamous Uptown Theatre in North Philadelphia in 1987. She was the featured comedian at Gloria’s Cafe’ in Brewerytown from 1990-1991. During that same time period she appeared in the amateur segment of the nationally televised Showtime At The Apollo in New York. The exposure opened up doors to opportunities around Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
Erma was blessed at an early age with writing poetry. She started writing at the age of nine as a way to show her Grandmother she could type on the used typewriter her mother received from the family she worked for in a domestic capacity. She has been writing and reciting for family and friends ever since.
Erma has had the honor and privilege of entertaining a wide range of people, including the first African American Mayor of Philadelphia, with her unique brand of comedy and poetry.
• The Apollo Theater, New York, NY
• Champagne of Philadelphia with Kevin Heart, Philadelphia, PA
• Arcadia University with Dick Gregory, Author, Historian, Activist, Speaker and
Comedian, Philadelphia, PA
• The Godfather’s of Comedy with Dick Gregory & Paul Mooney
• Entertaining Troops and Families, Fort Dix, NJ
• Christina Culture Center, Wilmington, DE
• Springfield Country Club, Springfield, PA
• Black Family Reunion Annual Festival in Fairmount Park, (largest
inner city park in the U.S.) Philadelphia, PA
• Philadelphia Civic Center, University City, West Philadelphia, PA
• Mount Tabor Women’s Ministries, Annual Comedy Café
• Miss Black America Pageant
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