Mark Dolan is a comedian, broadcaster and writer.
Best known as host of Channel 4’s iconic comedy series Balls of Steel, Mark also fronted three hit series of globetrotting documentaries for C4 (The World’s …and me) – in which he met the most extraordinary people on the planet, including the smallest man, tallest woman, richest teenager, cleverest child and the owner of the world’s largest breasts! A Sunday Times bestselling book followed, The World’s Most Extraordinary People and Me, published by Harper Collins. A follow-up edition, “Do You Mind If I Put My Hand On It” was released two years later.
Mark’s first big break came with the C4 hidden camera comedy series The Richard Taylor Interviews, in which he starred as a lunatic boss, interviewing unsuspecting candidates for a fictional position in his company. Mark also hosted the Mad Bad Ad Show for C4 with Micky Flanagan as team captain, and spent five years at Sky 1 indulging his passion for movies as the host of their flagship film show 35mm.
Mark also launched both E4 and More 4, fronting new shows for each channel. For E4 he presented the comedy programme Show Me The Funny and for More 4, the late night topical chat show The Last Word, the very first show to air on that channel.
Mark Dolan began his career as a stand-up in 2000, reaching the final of the stand-up competition So You Think You’re Funny. Since then he has performed stand up all over the world, appeared for ten years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is fresh from a sell-out run of his 2016 Edinburgh Fringe show Life Hacks.
Mark began in the media via radio and in the mid 90s, where he cut his teeth as a radio producer at Talk Radio (now talkSPORT, BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC). In February 2014 he returned to the medium, fronting a topical comedy show entitled Mark Dolan Eats The News, which is now streamed across multiple platforms, including Fubar Radio and Audioboom. Mark also recently starred in the hit Channel 4 series Taxi Gags, featuring some of the UK’s leading comedians telling gags in the back of a black taxi.
Last year Mark showed off his cooking skills, winning Celebrity Come Dine With Me. After that, he risked life and limb co-hosting the TV comedy panel show If Katie Hopkins Ruled The World.
He is set to star in a new comedy series for Channel 5 entitled The Funny Thing About, and recently partnered with Gaby Roslin for a co-hosting stint on The Saturday Show. He has about to return to the world of documentaries, recording an exclusive series for US giant Audible, entitled Mark Dolan’s VIP Lounge, in which he will meet, among others, a lady who eat bricks, a human mermaid, a real life Vampire hunter and a teenager who thinks he has cured cancer.
Other recent credits include C5’s The Cars That Made Britain Great, C4’s TV’s Greatest Detectives and C5’s The Best Of Bad TV, some of which he admits to being responsible for.
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