Mark Dolan is a popular television and radio presenter, narrator, documentary-maker, writer, and event host.
Mark’s breakthrough came on the hidden camera show The Richard Taylor Interviews (2003) for Channel 4. Since then, Mark helped launch both E4 and More4 television channels, as host of Show Me The Funny (2010-2011) for E4, and The Last Word (2006) for More4.
Mark’s best known presenting gig was for the critically acclaimed Channel 4 documentary series, The World’s and Me (2008-2010), where he went on the search for the world’s smallest, tallest, and hairiest people, and even discovered the world’s fattest pet. In 2010, Mark wrote The World’s Most Extraordinary People and Me which was inspired by the series, which was published by HarperCollins.
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Mark entered the professional world of stand-up comedy in 2000 when he reached the final of Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny (1988-) competition. Since then, he has toured the world as a live comic and has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival more than ten times. He has won awards for his comedy, including in 2018 at the Leicester Mercury Comedy Festival for the best joke of the festival. Due to the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, Mark transitioned his live shows to online performances.
His rising name in comedy saw him move to more presenting roles. His first television hosting job was for Channel 4’s Balls of Steel (2005-2008) in 2005, for which he won the Best Presenter at the NRTA Awards.
Not only did he present humorous comedy shows and panel shows, Mark started presenting critically acclaimed documentaries, his most famous being The World’s and Me, in which he met some of the world’s most extraordinary people, including the tallest woman in the world, the smallest man, and the richest teenager. The show ran to three series and twelve-one hour films, and also let to the release of a tie-in book.
For five years, Mark was the presenter of Sky Movies’ weekly movie-news show 35mm (2008-), and Channel 4’s The Mad Bad Ad Show (2012) where he worked alongside comedians Micky Flanagan and Mark Watson. In 2015, Matt took on the challenge of co-hosting If Katie Hopkins Ruled The World (2015) for TLC, alongside the notoriously controversial communist and ex-Apprentice contest herself, Katie Hopkins.
Trying not to take himself too seriously, Mark has also taken part in popular reality shows such as Let’s Dance for Comic Relief (2009-2017) as a member of “Destiny’s Dad” alongside fellow comedians Hal Cruttenden and Shaun Keaveny. In 2016, he won the celebrity version of Come Dine With Me (2005-). He also appeared in the final series of the Channel 4 entertainment show The Jump (2014-2017) alongside Bradley Wiggins, Robbie Fowler, and Jason Robinson.
As his career has progressed, Mark has steered more towards informative and serious programming. This was evident when he joined GB News in 2021 to host Tonight Live with Mark Dolan (2021-) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
As well as being a much-loved television presenter, Mark is a regular voice on the radio. His career started as a radio producer, working for the previously female-only Viva Radio, followed by 963 Liberty (1995-). He then became the producer of the Nick Ferrari and David Banks-fronted Big Boys’ Breakfast, to which he contributed a number of comedic sketches. In 2017 he joined Fubar Radio where he presented a breakfast show, before moving on to talkRADIO to present Drivetime (2016-) between 2019-2021. Mark’s Drivetime show was one of the most talked-about shows on UK radio at that time, generation daily viral videos.
Mark is an in-demand host for events, having fronted the first Annual Freelancer of the Year Awards, the Financial Times PIPA Awards, and the fourth Annual Conch Awards. He also hosted the Edinburgh Festival’s launch party, and broadcast live from the premiere of the 2008 Batman sequel, The Dark Knight, from Odeon Leicester Square. This put him in the mix for film-related events, presiding over the Filmon.com launch in London, as well as hosting Sky Media’s Pub Movie Quiz, Sky Movies Debate: Which is the Best Batman Movie, as well as the World Photography Awards in Cannes.
Mark has been hosting corporate events for over 20 years. Polished, smart, witty, and professional, Mark is the go-to performer for business events. Combining his broadcasting expertise for communication and his warm sense of humour honed on the UK stand-up circuit, Mark is the best of both worlds.
Mark has worked and hosted for clients such as Samsung, Sony, Amazon, Daily Express, Apple, BP, Stella Artois, Mediacom, BDO and Mont Blanc, Shutterstock and Marie Curie.
Mark was a great choice, the audience had a great reaction and everyone was laughing. He’s an absolute delight to work with and great fun!
– EUROMONEY PRIVATE BANKING AWARDS
Just wanted to pass on our thanks to Mark for Thursday, he was absolutely brilliant we couldn?t have asked for any better, just what we wanted. It was a great evening, big success, so thank you both for helping us bring it together.
– FREELANCER OF THE YEAR AWARDS
We absolutely loved having Mark host for us. He was incredibly professional and utterly charming. One guest remarked on how ‘kind’ he was as well, as he took the time to chat to all the various people who came up on stage throughout the night. Please do give Mark our warmest thanks for giving up his evening to support Marie Curie. We would be honoured to work with him again in the future”.
Mark was a great choice, the audience had a great reaction and everyone was laughing. He’s an absolute delight to work with and great fun!”
EUROMONEY PRIVATE BANKING AWARDS
“Mark did a fantastic job – he was a great host and remained in control of the debate throughout, managing each speaker’s allotted time and engaging with the audience when the debate was opened to the floor. He had obviously spent time preparing for the debate and this, coupled with his extensive film knowledge, made him the perfect host for this event. The crowd response to him was really great too. Everyone we spoke to in the audience loved him and found him very funny!”