Before he was on television, he played Bob Fossil and was the first choice for the role, however contract limitations between Channel 4 (Garth Marenghi's Darkplace) and the BBC (Mighty Boosh) saw Rich Fulcher take the role permanently, in The Mighty Boosh stage show. He is currently the only regular cast member (of six) from the TV version of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace who has yet to feature in the TV version of The Mighty Boosh. He is the only main character from Darkplace (of four) not to have appeared in The IT Crowd.
Holness first appeared on television as a cast-member of the 2000 BBC Choice TV series Bruiser.
Garth Marenghi transferred to UK television in the 2004 Channel 4 horror comedy Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Despite critical acclaim and a cult following on the Internet the series suffered from relatively low ratings, and Holness is perhaps better known by TV audiences for his cameo as Simon (the Computer Guy) in series two of The Office. He played a similar character (among others) in the 2000 TV series Bruiser.
Holness's comedy character, Merriman Weir, a guitar-picking folk singer, has performed at small comedy clubs in London and around the UK. Merriman Weir has also appeared as a guest in the pilot episode of the Channel 4 comedy chat show Man to Man with Dean Learner (2005) (then known as Deano's After Dark) where he was interviewed by Garth Marenghi's publicist Dean Learner — a character created by Richard Ayoade.
Following on from the above successful pilot show, Holness and Ayoade recorded a six-part series for Channel 4 entitled Man to Man with Dean Learner in late May and early June at Teddington Studios, which was broadcast on terrestrial television on Friday 20 October 2006 at 11.05pm on Channel 4 and continued for 6 weeks. Holness played Dean Learner's different guests in each episode (although the Merriman Weir episode was recorded first, it was the fourth one to be broadcast in the series).
In 2012 he wrote and directed a one off play for Sky ArtsPlayhouse Presents series entitled 'The Snipist'. It starred Douglas Henshall in the titular role, protecting the citizens of a dystopic alternate 1970s Britain against the threat of rabies. John Hurt provided 'The Voice of The Ministry'
The film tells the story of a 15 year old Moroccan who is the only heavy metal fan in his town Essaouira. He spends his weekends playing traditional ballads in a wedding band with his two cousins but dreams of playing thrash metal and headlining Monsters of Rock.
Year of Production: 2005 Momac film Ltd Director, Screenwriter and producer : Luke Morris, Toby MacDonald, Amanda Boyle Principal Cast: Yassine Jari
Musical credits Morocco: Music on headphones: Clear Crisis Act Closing Music: (In) The Nightmare
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"n 2009, even the lamest cultural contributions have some kind of underlying self-awareness. Like, even the people who work for Bill O’Reilly, or the SkyMall catalog, are aware that what they work on sucks. But a job’s a job and they probably find a way to have fun with it (especially at the SkyMall catalog.) So that’s why this REAL commercial for Microsoft’s new Songsmith software (you sing at it and it creates horrible musak to accompany you) is completely insane. Not only is it apparently earnest and not a parody, self- or otherwise, it seems like it comes from a bizarro parallel universe where irony was never discovered. It’s like Microsoft found some kind of home-schooling Christian commune in the woods and hired them to make their commercial."
When rapper and Thunder Zone label head Juiceboxxx launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to make and market his own energy drink in 2012, he enlisted some of his musical friends to plug the product. The resulting commercials, collected here, feature some of the hippest musicians on the scene, including Jeff the Brotherhood, Fat Tony, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Blunt Fang and many more!