Mark Lamarr

Mark Lamarr - Host and Presenter

Mark won the Sony Radio Awards' Bronze award for Best Music Broadcaster for his BBC Radio 2 show Mark Lamarr: Shake, Rattle and Roll.

2003 saw Mark front two new TV series: For BBC2 Stand Up America charted the history of live US comedy from Bob Hope through Lenny Bruce to modern icons such as Robin Williams, Steve Martin and Richard Pryor.

For ITV, there was S.O.U.L., Mark's superb history of soul music and its effects on British youth culture.

And then there's the long-running, highly successful Never Mind the Buzzcocks...


2002 was a busy year for Mark, with the uncompromising Never Mind the Buzzcocksa documentary on Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys Pet Sounds (BBC2).

Though he was an instant hit when he started his career at The Comedy Store one chilly winter evening in 1985, no one could have predicted that the rise and rise of Mark Lamarr would be quite so meteoric or that such a multi-faceted performing future awaited Swindon's first, great stand-up star.

He presented The Word - wrecking and then re-drawing the boundaries of good taste, and defining the art form of high-tack trash TV.

But (surprisingly) it was Lamarr rather than his incisive co-host Terry Christian, who would later move on to more rarefied intellectual pastures, as presenter of BBC2's Edinburgh Nights, getting to grips with the high culture, low comedy and sophisticated cross-fire of the Edinburgh Festival arts scene.

Any comedy show with any pretence to quality during the past five years has featured an appearance from the be-quiffed comic, famed for his acerbic, observational wit, uncompromising opinions and heckle-proof off-the-cuff spontaneity.


Sometime host of Top of the Pops, The Big Breakfast and Planet Showbiz, he's famed for the surly contempt he's extended to Reeves and Mortimer as Ulrika's adversary in Shooting Stars, and for controlling the inappropriate behaviour of two comics (Phill Jupitus and Bill Bailey - previously Sean Hughes), a succession of old rockers, and (preferably) a smattering of glamorous young superstars, in his role as the no-nonsense chairman of the six series of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. 

On radio, his Shake Rattle and Roll for Radio 2 won the Bronze for Best Music Broadcaster in 2003 and 2002, and the Music Broadcast Award and the Special Interest Music Award at the 1999 Sony Radio Awards. His Beginners Guide to Reggae show also won a Sony Award. Live, Mark has toured nationally for the last 15 years playing everywhere from the Comedy Store to the Royal Albert Hall.

Given this diverse highbrow and lowbrow experience, some commentators believe that it's merely a matter of time before Mark is appointed as lead presenter on Panorama...