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Jon Holmes occupies the 4pm to 6.30pm slot every Friday on LBC radio. This is now Jon's regular slot as of January 2007. Before this he could often be heard filling in for Iain Lee when he was away. Jon is primarily a writer and comedian writing for comedy shows on radio and television. Famously described as a "tosser" by Martine McCutcheon here we give you details about Jon's career, what you can expect on his show, and what the show is like.
After graduating from university in radio, film, television and English Jon Holmes' radio career immediately began with BBC radio 4. There he hosted his own comedy show called "Grevious Bodily Radio" to mixed reviews with comments like "spot on" and "disgusting". Jon found his niche in radio and comedy and he spent many years writing and performing for radio 4 on various shows. The latest is The 99p Challenge a spoof panel game show which Jon co-writes and The Now Show that he also co-writes and performs on. Notable radio credits include 2 Gold Sony Radio Academy Awards. One was for an entertainment show Jon co-hosted on Power FM and the other was for the writing on the radio version of impressions comedy show Dead Ringers. Not all of Jon's radio work has received praise though, he got fired from Virgin Radio in 2002. The reason was that he started a game on his show called "Swearing Radio Hangman for the Under 12s" which received a record number of complaints and a record fine for his bosses. As well as LBC Jon can currently be heard on a music show every Saturday afternoon on BBC6 Music.
Jon Holmes also has a number of television credits . Here he's worked both in front of and behind the screen mostly in comedies on a variety of channels. This includes writing for the television version of Dead Ringers the impressions show, writing for BBC1's Have I Got News For You , BBC1's Mock The Week and BBC4's Celebdaq. He's appeared in front of the camera on the following shows: he co-hosted the 11 O'clock Show in early 2000. Currently a regular guest on channel 5's The Wright Stuff and ITV1's This Morning . Other television work includes being the voice on BBC3's 7 Days and a narrator on a children's show on the Discovery Channel called "Crash Test Danny". Jon has also just had a sitcom script commissioned by channel 5 which is all about amusing events in his life.
The Jon Holmes LBC show is a 2 and a half hour talk show with Jon introducing the main topic to be talked about in the first 15 minutes. With Jon being a comedian and writer of comedies, humour is never far away. The humour isn't delivered like a series of gags, it's more of an observational humour that you'd have during a conversation. The topics covered will often consist of an amusing event that happened to Jon in the previous week and he would encourage listeners to call in if they had similar experiences. Otherwise a running joke of Jon's is about fellow LBC presenter Anna Raeburn and how the prim and proper Miss Raeburn would be in compromising situations. For example he said that the he would use the agony aunts name in order to obtain sexual intercourse from lesbians while dressed as a woman implying that Anna has had this sort of experience!
Despite Jon Holmes being a well established and respected comedic writer, this doesn't really come across in his show. He doesn't have wit and timing unlike Iain Lee and he doesn't have the dry sense of humour of Clive Bull. It makes you think this is the reason he's more successful as a writer and not a performer. Some of his stories are funny but during normal conversation, which is what this show is all about, you don't get a sense that you're listening to a professional comedian which he claims to be. Where Iain Lee and Clive Bull can make you laugh Jon does not, the only problem is, this is what he keeps trying to do. He keeps saying one liners the majority of which are not funny. He seems a nice guy and his callers all seem to be very enthusiastic and enjoy talking to him which not all presenters can boast. This is probably a show where you'd say "give him a try, you may like him, you may not". You just wouldn't give a very overwhelming recommendation as there other funnier and more unique presenters on LBC.
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