Pete Holmes as professional bowler Tom Smallwood throwing a black bowling ball with tournament onlookers in the background

Professional bowler Tom Smallwood is played by Pete Holmes.

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Got some spare time? Get to know the actor and comedian who stars in this striking new series about a pro bowler.

By Katey Clifford

In the CBS comedy How We Roll, Tom Smallwood has been laid off from his job at the car assembly line. Not sure what to do next, this small-town dad decides to follow his passion and become a professional bowler, with encouragement from his wife.

Actor and comedian Pete Holmes plays the show's likable protagonist—based on the real life Tom Smallwood—but where else have you seen him? Get to know the man behind the character!

Watch the CBS comedy How We Roll on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT and stream it on Paramount+.

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Beantown-Born

Pete Holmes speaking into a microphone with his index finger on his temple

Holmes onstage at Comedy Gives Back during the 2014 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Brazos Hall in 2014 in Austin, Texas

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While his character hails from Saginaw, Michigan, Holmes is actually from Boston. His comedy career has led him from Beantown to New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

In real life, he says he's a so-so bowler, but he has happy memories of going to birthday parties at bowling alleys as a kid and later hanging with buddies by the lanes. “Bowling is the ultimate excuse to hang out with your friends because most of the time you’re sitting around waiting for your turn,” he told the Daily News.

Jokes For Days

Pete Holmes in a suit walking down the steps of The Late Late Show with James Corden surrounded by clapping audience members

Holmes on The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2019

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He has made appearances on a number of TV shows, including multiple guest spots on The Late Late Show with James Corden. He also starred in the sitcoms Crashing (2017–2019) and The Pete Holmes Show (2013–2014), which he created.

Comedian's Corner

Pete Holmes sitting in a blue chair while wearing a blue suit on the set of The Late Late Show with James Corden

Holmes on The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2021

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His brand of comedy is a hearty mix of self-aware humor and musings on spirituality and religion. He has said he wanted to be a comedian ever since he knew the career existed. He also thought about becoming a youth pastor, "which is very similar to a comedian ... They get up in front of groups, they’re entertaining, they’re informative, they sort of make you feel good."

Podcast Prowess

Pete Holmes wearing a yellow number 3 jersey and making a defensive face with his hands up in front of him

On The Late Late Show with James Corden in 2017

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Holmes has his own podcast, You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes, in which he often interviews fellow comedians. His guests have included Judd Apatow, Aziz Ansari, John Mulaney, Ben Schwartz, Dana Carvey, and the late Garry Shandling.

Voice Actor

Pete Holmes stands in a jacket with a hand in his pants pocket

Holmes attends the premiere of The Secret Life Of Pets 2 in 2019 in Westwood, California.

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Holmes is also a voice actor. If you've seen The Secret Life Of Pets 2, he might sound familiar as the voice of the clumsy, affable character Chuck.

Arguably, his best known vocal work was as the baby in the E*Trade commercials popular about a decade ago. The baby "came out of retirement" earlier this year for a new ad that premiered during Superbowl 56.

How We Roll airs Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT and streams on Paramount+.

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