Mark Jones, better known as Mark Lamarr,
is a British comedian and television presenter.
He was born in Swindon and has three elder sisters.
Mark passed five O'Levels and dropped out of school
at 17. He was plucked from obscurity after writing
a poem ('I'm the James Dean of the dole queue', published
in 1987). His act developed from poetry to stand-up
comedy, and he was spotted on the touring circuit for
the launch of Channel Four's The Big Breakfast in 1992
and also co-presented The Word.
He is the host of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, a comedy
pop quiz, and was a team captain in the first three
series of Shooting Stars (1995-1997), where he displayed
a mixture of dour boredom and contempt towards hosts
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer who, in turn, mocked his "50's
On Monday 20 July 1998, he launched his popular radio
show on Radio Two called "Shake, Rattle and Roll" where
he plays tracks from his personal and sizeable record
collection of obscure rock'n'roll gems. He also presents
The Reggae Show series on a Wednesday & a weekly
show Mark Lamarr's Alternative 60's, presenting leser
known tracks from the 1960's.