Characters / Never Mind the Buzzcocks

A list of the presenters and team captains over the years. Prior appearances on the show before becoming captain/main host is denoted in (brackets), while primary time on the show aren't in brackets.

Mark Lamarr

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"This has been Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and they said I couldn't polish it."
1996-2005

  • Author Appeal: He is a big fan of reggae. When Jimmy Cliff was on the show, Mark kept awarding Phil's team points for "just having Jimmy Cliff in".
  • Digging Yourself Deeper: Invoked by his "I say I liked it, I tolerated it - I say I tolerated it..." routine.
  • Driven to Suicide: Parodied, as he seemingly becomes more and more fed up with his job.
  • Farm Boy: Often portrayed as this in earlier series and tie-in books due to being from Swindon, occasionally putting on an exaggerated "oo ar me deario" voice and claiming it's his "natural" accent.
  • Important Haircut: His original 'Fifties Throwback' quiff was cut off as a charity stunt in between series.
  • Jerkass: Deadpan Snarker extraordinaire to the point of obnoxiousness. In all fairness, some of this is somewhat justified due to the arrogant and/or irritating nature of some of the guests.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Notable when a guest he particularly liked appeared on the show, such as Jimmy Cliff and Faye Tozer.

Phill Jupitus

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"Need room to work? Shouldn't be on TV with me then, sweetheart."
1996- 2014

  • Author Appeal: Likes Star Wars and will take any opportunity to segue into doing a Chewbacca impression.
  • Big Eater: If Mark's jokes are anything to go by:
    Mark: Phill cooked Christmas dinner for eight, but before he could eat it, some people turned up...
  • The Constant: Has appeared on every main episode.

Sean Hughes

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"Well, I'm getting it from all sides now!"
1996-2002

  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Just because he was the more laconic of the original three regulars, doesn't mean that he wasn't equally as capable as Mark or Phill to make a cutting insult.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Helped by his monotone southern Irish accent.
  • For the Lulz: Would often just make silly noises during the Intros Round, and more than a few times he would lose an episode against Phill's team despite being in the lead before Next Lines due to him preferring to give stupid answers and goof around.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Once successfully used on Mark to score a point.
  • The Quiet One: When he left the show, Mark commemorated him with a montage of 'his contributions to the show', which consisted of clips of Sean's other team members answering questions while Sean sat quietly in the background.

Bill Bailey

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"The last time I was on, you called me a Klingon nonce!"
(1998, 1999),2002-2008

  • Author Appeal: Likes science-fiction, especially Star Trek.
  • Butt-Monkey: Under Mark Lamarr's tenure. Not that Phil and Sean were much better off.
  • Cuckoosnarker: While most of his humour is light, quirky oddball stuff, he can be snarky when he wants to be.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Was a guest on the show before becoming team captain.
  • Nice Guy: As team captain or as a guest on the show, he's generally friendly to his fellow panelists.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Phill's blue.

Simon Amstell

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"I'm Simon Amstell — and if you think I'm a poor booking, let's meet tonight's guests!"
(2003, 2005), 2006-2008

  • The Dog Bites Back: Falls victim to this when he mocks his guests one too many times. One notable moment was when Davina Mccall found footage of Simon's appearance as a young lad on a 90's morning show, imitating Dame Edna Everage. His first line in that clip made the audience laugh.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Appears as both a guest host and panellist prior to time as a host. Notably, Lamarr jokingly accuses him of trying to steal his "act", which he does a year or so later.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Not only would he cut his guests and other celebrities down to size, he would do so with the utmost glee.
  • Jerkass: Consistently smug, condescending and arrogant, with the occasional glimpse of Jerk with a Heart of Gold, such as Amy Winehouse's infamous second appearance - though he did find the time to mock her in the same show as well as during Mark Ronson's appearance.

Noel Fielding

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"I'm loving this show this week, 'cause I'm usually the weird one."
(2007), 2009-2014

Rhod Gilbert

"I'll take you down into battle right now! Go on, you start!"
(2006, 2009, 2011), 2014

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