Biography

SHORT BIT

The eight-time Sony Award and double Bafta winning writer, comedian and broadcaster called Jon Holmes haunts your radio like a tiny ghost, presenting the Xfm breakfast show, writing and performing on BBC Radio 4 as one of The Now Show team, and his own series Listen Against is  “glorious”, “triumphant”, “stunningly made” and “beautifully crafted and scalpel sharp”  depending on which newspaper you read. He also appears on BBC Radio 5Live’s Men’s Hour and also has his own show on the network Jon Holmes’s Mob Rule.

On TV Jon has worked with Armando Iannucci, Stephen Fry, Harry Hill and Graham Norton. Jon also co-created Dead Ringers and co-writes the hugely popular Royal Television Society and Bafta Award winning Horrible Histories for BBC One. Other TV includes Mock The Week, Have I Got News For You, Top Gear and 2010/2011 Unwrapped.

LONGER BIT 

Jon holds a joint degree in Radio, Film and Television and English from Canterbury and on graduating Jon somehow went to his own show on BBC Radio 4 called Grievous Bodily Radio which was “fast and furious… spot on” according to The Independent and “disgusting” according to the East Anglia Gazette. Since then his other Radio 4 credits have included co-creating and writing the multi award winning Dead Ringers, writing and being a regular panellist on The 99p Challenge, writer / performer on the Sony Award winning and Channel 4 Political Award nominated The Now Show and working with Armando Iannucci on his Sony Award winning Charm Offensive for Radio 4 and Time Trumpet for BBC2. His own Radio 4 comedy series, Listen Against “the mischievous offspring of The Day Today and Feedback” (Guardian) has just finished its fourth series.

His music radio shows have earned him Sony Gold and Best New Presenter Awards but he’s no stranger to talk radio either, having hosted the Drivetime show on London’s LBC 97.3 where he could be regularly heard verbally jousting with mentals. He’s also had his own shows on XFMRadio 1 and Virgin and it was from the latter that he quite notoriously earned the sack in 2002 when a phone in game called ‘Swearing Radio Hangman for the Under 12s went tragically expensive in terms of a record fine. Jon still holds the record for ‘largest fine ever for taste and decency offences in British broadcasting’. Sadly he didn’t get a certificate or anything. A comedy special Jon Holmes on Radio 1 aired on the station, during which Chris Moyles was accused of eating a baby.

TV work includes writing, performing and presenting in various combinations on Time Trumpet (BBC2), Mock The Week (BBC2) 7 Days (BBC3), Dead Ringers (BBC2) The Impressionable Jon Culshaw (ITV1),Armando Iannucci’s Gash (CH4) , The State We’re In and Celebdaq (both BBC3), Have I Got News For You, 29 Minutes of Fame, ( both BBC1) and co-hosting  Series 5 of The 11 O’Clock Show (CH4). He was also Programme Consultant on the multi award winning V Graham Norton (CH4) and has appeared on The Wright Stuff (CH5), and Sky News where he regularly made the presenter Anna Botting go red and start giggling. He’s also been on This Morning (ITV1) a few times and once called Phillip Schofield a “witch” on live TV. He was later approached to see if he wanted to be stuck in the jungle for ITV1’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here but told them to sod off.

Jon is also a travel writer for The Sunday Times and his books Rock Star Babylon, The Now Show Book and The History of the World Through Twitter are now also available on a futuristic Kindle.

He wrote the script for the BAFTA Film Awards with, and for, Stephen Fry to great acclaim and was the host for the MOJO Awards. He has also written words for the likes of Keanu Reeves, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx and Bono. He has been variously described as “clever…but warped” by The Sunday Times, “a genius” by Heat, “wickedly funny” by The Times and “a tosser” by Martine McCutcheon in an interview in Smash Hits. He is most proud of that one.

CV

Television

Armando Iannucci’s Time Trumpet, BBC2 
Have I Got News For You, BBC1
Mock the Week, BBC2
Dead Ringers, BBC2
The Jon Culshaw Show, BBC1
The British Academy Film Awards, BBC1
Heroes – The Official Forum, BBC2
TV To Go, BBC1
V Graham Norton, Channel 4
Horrible Histories, CBBC / BBC1
Driving Me Mad, ITV1
The British Comedy Awards, ITV1
The British Academy Craft Awards, 2006
2004 The Stupid Version, BBC2 / BBC3
The Impressionable Jon Culshaw, ITV1
Armando Iannucci’s Gash, Channel 4
The State We’re In, BBC3
Crash Test Danny, Discovery
7 Days, BBC 3
Spongeheads, BBC3
Angus Deayton’s New Years Dishonours List, ITV1
Sir David Frost’s Strategic Humor Initiative writer, NBC America
The 11 O’Clock Show, Channel 4
Patrick Kielty Almost Live, BBC1
The Secret Policeman’s Ball (BAFTA nominated), Channel 4, Royal Albert Hall
Emporio Armani One Night Only, Channel 4
Tickled Pink for Breast Cancer, Channel 4
Rose d’Or Golden Rose Awards, Lausanne 2004
Rose d’Or  Golden Rose Awards, Montreux 2003
Royal  Command Performance, Royal Albert Hall 2003

Radio

The All New XFM Breakfast Show with Jon Holmes, XFM
Jon Holmes on BBC 6 Music, BBC 6 Music 
The Day The Music Died, BBC Radio 2
 The Now Show, Radio 4
Listen Against, BBC Radio 4
Dead Ringers co-creator / writer, BBC Radio 4
Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive, BBC Radio 4
The 99p Challenge, BBC Radio 4
Jon Ronson On…., BBC Radio 4
Grevious Bodily Radio, BBC Radio 4
Serious About Comedy, BBC 7
Jon Holmes on Virgin, Virgin
Jon Holmes on XFM, XFM 
Jon Holmes on LBC 97.3, LBC 97.3

Other

Status Quo and The Kangaroo (Book), Penguin 2007
Rock Star Babylon (Book), Plume (USA) Penguin (UK) 2008

Jon has a weekend column in the Sunday Times. His writing has also appeared in The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, Time Out and The Radio Times among others.

Jon is also in great demand as a speechwriter and has written personal speeches for the likes of Keanu Reeves, Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Helen Mirren and Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC.

Awards

Jon Holmes on Music Radio
Sony Awards – Gold, Best Entertainment Show 
Best New Presenter- Commercial Radio Awards 
The Now Show
Sony Awards – Bronze Comedy 
The Very World of Milton Jones
Sony Awards – Bronze Comedy 
Dead Ringers 
British Comedy Award 
Sony Awards – Gold, Best Comedy 
Broadcasting Guild Award
Channel 4 Political Awards 
Nominee 2005
Rose d’Or international TV Awards 
Nominee 
Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive
Sony Awards – Silver 
The Secret Policeman’s Ball
Nominee 2007 BAFTA TV Awards