Marcus Jones has been acting in, producing and directing theatre productions for more than 20 years, with roles including Oscar in The Odd Couple, Proctor in The Crucible and Billy Bibbit in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Originally studying drama at Box Hill TAFE, Marcus played Bob Franklin’s thug bouncer “Charlie” in Jimeoin’s 2005 feature film The Extra and Nicolas Cage’s heavily-tattooed “Team Blaze” mechanic in Ghost Rider (2007).
Marcus started doing stand-up comedy in 2003, including gigs in Edinburgh, New York, Los Angeles and New Zealand, and over 150 gigs opening for Jimeoin on three national Australian tours, which he also Tour Managed (2003-05).
Marcus currently produces and hosts HOODWINKED at festivals including the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Moomba Waterfest & The Famous Spiegeltent. Since 2006, the live game show has been contested by a rotating panel of A-List comedians including Glenn Robbins, Jimeoin, Akmal Saleh, Red Symons, Bob Franklin, Lawrence Mooney, Fiona O’Loughlin, The Umbilical Brothers, Jason Byrne (IRE), Charlie Pickering, Glenn Wool (CAN), Maria Bamford (US), Lehmo, Greg Fleet, Tom Gleeson, Rod Quantock, Harry Angus (The Cat Empire), Eddie Ifft (US), Dave Johns (UK), Michael Chamberlin, Cal Wilson, Daniel Townes, Claire Hooper, Pommy Johnson, Josh Thomas, Heath Franklin, Jordan Raskopoulos and Erik the Dog.
Marcus pops up occasionally as guest chef on Jimeoin & Bob Franklin’s The Cooking Show, has appeared in various sketches on the Nine Network’s Comedy Inc. and hosted a weekly Sports & Mutterings segment on Melbourne radio 3AK (2002-3).
Marcus also cooks 2-minute noodles in 90 seconds.
2008 - Short Film: Daddy Left Me Alone With God (Pittot Films). Role: Dad
Directed by Jonty Reason. Digifest (Italy) Winner, Cornwall Film Fest (UK) Winner, The Indy Gathering (USA) Honourable Mention, Swansea Life Film Fest (UK), International Film Festivals (UK & South Africa)
2007 - Feature Film: Ghost Rider (Columbia) – Role: Team Blaze #3
Director: Mark Steven Johnson. Starring: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Wes Bentley, Sam Elliot, Peter Fonda, Donal Logue
2005 - Feature Film: The Extra (Macquarie/Hoyts) Role: Charlie (Marko’s Bouncer)
Director: Kevin Carlin. Starring: Jimeoin, Rhys Muldoon, Bob Franklin, Colin Lane & Shaun Micallef
2007 – The Community (Pilot. Not screened). Role: The Director
2007 – Champagne Comedy (Channel 31) Role: Stand-up
2004-07: Comedy Inc. (Nine Network/Crackerjack) - Assorted sketches.
2006 - 9AM with David & Kim (Network Ten) - Guest
2006 - Cam & Charlie’s Comedy Festival Experience (Comedy Channel) - Guest.
2006 - Action Indooor Sports “Responsible Tracky Dacks”.
2004 - GIO
2003 - CBus Superannuation Role: Architect
2002-03 - 3AK w/Yvonne Adele. “Sports & Mutterings”, weekly segment.
Guest interviews included Sir Richard Branson, Kevin Sheedy, Tim Watson, Peter Brock, Allan Moffat, Larry Perkins, Andrew Gaze & Shane Heal
2003-05 - Support/MC: JIMEOIN - 150+ shows, 3 x National+ Tours.
2003-09 - OTHER NOTABLE SUPPORTS: Bob Franklin, Akmal Saleh, Matt King, Lawrence Mooney, Gary Eck & Jo Starr (US)
STAGE & MC
2006–09 – HOODWINKED (hoodwinked.com.au)
2009 - Hex and the City (Geraldine Quinn. Melbourne Comedy Festival) Guest role: Jesus
2007 - Erik & Derek’s Late Night Variety Show (Adelaide Fringe) Role: Stand-up/Improv/Guest
2006-07 - Book Launches: Shane Warne, David Boon, James Hird, The Chaser, Tara Moss. Role: MC/Host
2005-06 - The Cooking Show with Jimeoin & Bob Franklin - Role: Guest Chef.
2006 - Prison Break Live - Interactive Scare Experience, Luna Park - Role: Psych patient/guard.
2004 - La Clunk (La Clique Parody with Jimeoin. Edinburgh Fringe)
2004 - Jimeoin & Friends Comedy Gala - Flinders Medical Centre fundraiser, Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide Role: MC/Stand-up.
1999 - MS Impossible Dreams Ball, with Tammy Van Wisse (Crown Casino 1999) Role: MC.
1991 - One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest - Valley Players - Role: “Billy Bibbit”.
1988 - Wogs in Love - Melbourne Writers’ Theatre - Role: David (Lead)
1988 - The Assessment - Melbourne Writers’ Theatre - Role: Supporting
1988 - Virtue Victorious - Yarra Valley Players - Role: Producer/Director
1987 - The Odd Couple - Yarra Valley Players - Role: Oscar (Co-Lead)
1985 - The Crucible - Yarra Valley Anglican School - Role: John Proctor (Lead)
TRAINING & AWARDS
2004 - Grand finalist - Angling for a Laugh Stand-Up Comedy competition
1985 - James & Jean Hemphill Drama Award - Yarra Valley School