Anders Holm

Comedy Actor, Writer, and Producer

Anders Holm BA 2003 is best known for his sharp wit, but he’s dead serious about his love for UW-Madison. Just take a look at his Twitter feed during a Badger game or when he reminisces about Mickies Dairy Bar.

Holm has described his days in Madison as “more or less the perfect college experience.”

Anders Holm portrait.

Image courtesy of verett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photos.

The actor is best known for the comedy series Workaholics, on which he not only appears, but also writes and produces. The show is based on a YouTube series he created with costars Blake Anderson and Adam DeVine, who met performing at Second City Conservatory in Los Angeles, Ca. (Badger connection: DeVine has also appeared on Modern Family, a television show created and produced by Steve Levitan BA 1984.)

Holm moved to L.A. after earning a degree in history and competing for a few years on the UW swim team. While in college, he had written screenplays and shot what he calls “stupid videos” with friends in downtown Madison.

In Hollywood, Holm interned as a writer’s assistant on the TV drama Bones and worked as an assistant on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher before Comedy Central picked up Workaholics in 2011. He has also appeared in several films, including How to Be Single, The Intern, and The Interview.

The UW’s Class of 2013 chose Holm to speak at its commencement address, the last spring ceremony held at the Kohl Center. The comedian brought his dry humor to the podium, where he delivered a series of one-liners, mused on his favorite Badger traditions, and shared some advice: “To get what you want out of life, all you can really do is find out who you are, and do that.”

Holm married his college sweetheart, fellow Badger and human rights activist Emma Nesper Holm BA 2004, whose father is a professor at the UW.