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Trevor: "What's your talent? Huh? I mean, aside from love and sex."
Lazlow: "Dude, haven't you seen my show? It's not live, it's not funny. That's my genius. I got no fucking talent."
―Lazlow, after being chased by Trevor and Michael.

Jeffrey Crawford "Lazlow" Jones is an American talk show host who is involved in writing and producing Grand Theft Auto games. He voices a character of the same name in many GTA games. The in-game Lazlow is an insecure, ill-mannered, and perverted radio host who has nonetheless managed to retain work across the GTA rendition of the United States for nearly 30 years as of Grand Theft Auto V.

In the GTA series

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Lazlow's career began in the early 1980s as an intern for the V-Rock radio station based in Reddick, Florida. Some time between 1984 and 1986, V-Rock moved to Vice City.

Lazlow's profile on the Fame or Shame website claims he was a teenager when his career began. He was the sidekick of then-DJ Couzin Ed circa 1984, as heard in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. They frequently despised each other on air, Couzin Ed had a rawer rock lifestyle and got the job writting his resume on rolling paper, while Lazlow just got his broadcaster degree and sent a resume in manuscript and with a bouquet of flowers.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Lazlow quickly moved up the radio hierarchy and became the head DJ of V-Rock. Couzin Ed would call him to the station in Grand Theft Auto Vice City, revealing that Lazlow's lower wage was the reason he took his job away from him.

During his tenure as the DJ of V-Rock, he began exhibiting a bad boy attitude and a greatly inflated ego, the latter of which came back to bite him.

He was fired from the radio station after the events of GTA Vice City, sometime between 1986 and 1992. An exclusive dialogue not featured in the game, and featured instead on a bonus track in the V-Rock CD from the 7-CD Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Official Soundtrack Box Set, shows that Lazlow was fired for complaining about his wage, getting his big ego the best of him, and breaking a glass in the studio. On the contrary, on Integrity 2.0, he implies he was fired from V-Rock for having sex with a young female intern.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

At one point, he became so desperate, Lazlow called the radio show I Say/You Say begging for work. Lazlow re-emerged in 1992 on the national scene as the new host of the Los Santos-based syndicated West Coast Talk Radio show Entertaining America, replacing the original host Billy Dexter after his untimely accidental death at the hands of a roid-raging Jack Howitzer.

He seemed to be somewhat out of touch and confused about the new media trends at this point, as in his interview with OG Loc he tought that contemporary rappers still did windmills and other '80s breakdance moves, and when his misunderstandings make OG Loc so angry that he points a gun at him, Lazlow, clearly panicked, tries to fix things claiming he is "just coming down from the 80s".

Judging by his comments later on the radio, it is implied that in between 1986 and 1992 he developed problems with drugs and alcohol, and that he did something to his mother that is illegal in most states.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Lazlow lost his WCTR job due to alcoholism and possibly drug abuse sometime after the events of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

It is hinted by some of the comments he makes on Chatterbox FM in Grand Theft Auto III that in between his job in GTA: San Andreas and his appearance in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories circa 1998, he was working in Malaysia digging sewage ditches just outside of Kuala Lumpur.

In 1998, Lazlow lived in Liberty City and hosted "Chatterbox", a talk show on Liberty City Free Radio where he took calls from random listeners and interviewed eccentric guests, as featured in GTA: Liberty City Stories. It is mentioned that he had been run out of Vice City and San Andreas, although Lazlow at one point gets nostalgic over working in Vice City back in the 1980s. At one point, Lazlow also makes a cryptic statement about himself and someone called "Donald" having big plans for LCFR.

Grand Theft Auto III

By 2001, during the events of GTA III, Lazlow and Donald (now revealed to be Donald Love), had taken over the operation of LCFR, which was now renamed Chatterbox FM. It is revealed during his tenure here that sometime between his time in Vice City and here, Lazlow married an unnamed woman, which he would occasionally mention on radio.

Although this is Lazlow's fifth appearance in the in-universe chronology of the GTA games, as GTA III was the first 3D Universe game to be released this is his first real-life appearance in a Grand Theft Auto game. Thus, some "early installment" features of his personality that were later scrapped are shown.

Lazlow in GTA III was a sane, calm, composed, rational and down-to-earth man, who would respond with an "only sane man" attitude to the crazy and eccentric remarks of his callers. This comes across as shocking when seeing how his personality changed and became exagerated through later games in the Grand Theft Auto series.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Lazlow lost his Chatterbox FM job a year later, in 2002, because of a payola scandal he was involved in, and his wife divorced him shortly afterwards when he drugged a woman and brought her home requesting a three-way; On Integrity 2.0, he also implied his wife left him because she found out about the affair he had with the young female intern back in Vice City. Lazlow's ex-wife then married his former best friend, causing him to obsess over her for several years following their divorce, which he also later claims creeped out the women he dated following his divorce.

He was arrested multiple times over the next several years, including an arrest for publicly urinating at a Liberty City Swingers game in 2002, and another for exposing himself to old women on the streets in 2005. Deciding to try and make a comeback as a radio personality, he returned to Liberty City. Lazlow raised enough funds by 2008 to start up a new radio station in Algonquin, named Integrity 2.0. His program on the station involved himself exploring Algonquin and interviewing people on the streets. Unfortunately, his interviewing manner was now poorer than it used to be and nowhere near the composed and down-to-earth attitude he indicated in GTA III. It also seems that his popularity had waned since he was last on the air; the people on the street whom he interviews often show disdain for him, and for radio in general (even "Radio 2.0", as Lazlow calls this new approach for radio).

By that time, Lazlow had become notably more unhinged and prone to violence than previous depictions, as he openly expressed a desire to rip people's heads off or bite them on the cheek for doing things that annoyed him. He ended up being incredibly rude to the few people he interviewed who do not initially show any disdain for him, even going as far as to push a hot dog vendor's face into a pot of boiling hot water for joking about Lazlow's name and appearance (calling Lazlow a "clown" and a "hippie"), and spitting in the back of a cab because the driver suggested he bring back some of his old Chatterbox FM guests, which Lazlow took as an insult. He also allowed a man implied to be a pedophile to masturbate as he talked about schools while on the air. During the show, he also made a references to his real-life show, The Lazlow Show. He always introduced Integrity 2.0 as "The Lazlow Show", he also made a particular comment: "...when sixteen year olds could drink and listen to metal music, you could smoke in bars, and get into high speed accidents..." which was a reference to the intro of his real-life "The Lazlow Show" in late 2006.

Lazlow was briefly sponsored by ZiT, a program that identified songs playing on the radio. He was the voice of the company's automated greeting messages, but the ZiT adverts still made fun of his need to be in the public eye, referring to him as "...our needy, washed up celebrity".

Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City

In the two DLCs, The Lost and Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, ZiT had dropped sponsorship for him and he took a brief hiatus to find a sponsor for his show. He apparently got sponsorship from his step-father, who runs a funeral service called "Isaac Hammerstein and Daughters Funeral Services". Lazlow apparently does not like his step-father, making fun of his profession and his daughters (which Lazlow describes as "ugly" and "obese") and he called his step-father a "cockface" on radio, while also implying he dislikes his step-sisters because they rejected his sexual advances. He also got a sidekick that he called "Georgie", who was an illegal immigrant from South America. "Georgie" often laughed in Lazlow's face when he got insulted by people, prompting Lazlow to threaten to have him deported.

He also has an LCPD record but the LCPD apparently doesn't know his surname, claiming that the mystery of his surname is still unsolved and claiming the stupidity of the LCPD officers who arrested and booked him, as they never asked Lazlow his surname. However, oddly, he is still listed alphabetically under the letter "J".

Grand Theft Auto V

By 2013, he returned to Los Santos, and started working for WCTR again. He now co-hosts a show called "Chattersphere", in reference to Chatterbox, with much younger female host Michelle Minx. He is also presenter of the reality show "Fame or Shame", and is constantly mocked by the judges and polls made by the program. He seems to have a rivalry with Hugh Harrison, as the two constantly trade insults and are shown to have been in physical altercations in several previous episodes. It is also revealed at one point, Lazlow accepted sex from an obese Irish woman in exchange for advancing her to the finals.

In the Grand Theft Auto V mission Fame or Shame, Tracey is trying out for the show with a sexually suggestive dancing routine. Trevor and Michael arrive at the Maze Bank Arena and see Lazlow dancing inappropriately with Tracey. Unable to watch any more, Michael loses his temper and pushes Lazlow to the ground, who calls security and runs away, causing Michael and Trevor to chase after him. Lazlow's car eventually loses battery life leaving him trapped in the Los Santos Storm Drain. Michael and Trevor catch up to him, with Trevor forcing Lazlow to remove his pants and to dance in his underwear while he video records it on his phone. As Lazlow is running away, Trevor then announces that he plans to post the video online and that "the world is gonna see your shit".

Lazlow appears later on in the mission Reuniting the Family at Blazing Tattoo, with Tracey trying to get back on the show Fame or Shame after Michael and Trevor ruined her first audition. He agrees to let her back on the show in exchange for a blowjob, which Tracey's father, Michael, hears and proceeds to pierce his eyebrow, nose, and ear, tattoo a penis on his chest or back and snip off his ponytail before demanding he put Tracey on his show without anything in return. Lazlow initially claims he was assaulted by a deranged fan, but later claims it's his new look.

He is later seen interviewing a few celebrities at the premier of Michael's new film "Meltdown" at the Oriental Theater, where he seems to now have a job as an interviewer for Weazel News, as his mic flag has the Weazel logo on it, as well as the game showing the interview airing live on Weazel during the mission. Upon seeing Michael, he nervously and hastily retreats inside, pulling the cameraman along with him. This sudden reaction of his is likely because Tracey had lost Fame or Shame despite Lazlow's efforts to secure a win for her, or simply because he had already been physically assaulted by Michael twice and is afraid of him.

Personality

In earlier games in the 3D Universe, Lazlow was depicted as one of the more "sane", stable, and seemingly decent people in the Grand Theft Auto universe, especially on the radio. He was often shocked and fed up with the various eccentrics and con-men he interviewed.

This is especially notorious in the first game of the 3D Universe and the first game in where Lazlow appeared, GTA III, when he was a sane, calm, composed, rational and down-to-earth man, who would respond with an "only sane man" attitude to the crazy and eccentric remarks of his callers on the Chatterbox FM radio. Players used to Lazlow's later eccentric personality might be shocked when seeing how Lazlow was actually a nice guy in GTA III and how his personality changed drastically through subsequent games (and also in-universe years).

Over the games, Lazlow began developing his own eccentric, deviant, and sometimes illegal behaviors. This resulted in him being fired from or forced out of a series of hosting jobs under cloudy circumstances.

By the time period depicted in the HD Universe, Lazlow has become a washed-up former radio "star" in denial of how far he has fallen. As a result, his personality flits between self-loathing, nervousness and desperation on the one hand, and excessive arrogance and self-aggrandizement on the other.

In GTA V, Lazlow is written more specifically as a parody of American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, hosting vote-in talent show Fame or Shame alongside his radio gigs. By this time, Lazlow's personal life has reached its nadir. His inappropriate sexual urges have cost him several jobs, he struggles unsuccessfully to maintain a youthful appearance despite his obvious aging, and he is constantly belittled and mocked by those around him, including his much younger and already more successful radio co-host, Michele Makes. This results in a breakdown during a radio interview with Brother Adrian, the founder of the cult "Children of the Mountain", causing Lazlow to rant about his decline in popularity and difficulty keeping work, the shame he's brought to himself and his family, and his ever-increasing desperation to stay on the air leading him to less-and-less dignified work.

Lazlow is also somewhat of a hypocrite when it comes to cults as during a broadcast of Chattersphere, Lazlow makes comments about creating his own cult if he ever went to Mars, this is mentioned not long before Brother Adrian calls, whom Lazlow then immediately makes disparaging comments regarding cults.

LCPD Database Record

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Surname:?[1]
First Name:Lazlow
Age:46
Place of Birth:Midwest
Affiliations:
  • N/A
Criminal Record:
  • 1994 - Stalking
  • 1998 - Forcible Touching
  • 2001 - Bribery
  • 2002 - Public Lewdness
  • 2004 - Bribery
  • 2005 - Exposure Of A Person
Notes:
  • Hosted popular radio show on Chatterbox.
  • Twice charged for payola scandals in 2001 and 2004.
  • Arrested for public urination at a Liberty Swingers game in 2002.
  • History of exposing himself to old women when down on his luck.
  • Attempting to raise funds to launch a new radio station in Liberty City.

In real life

Behind the scenes, Lazlow is one of the writers of the game's script, providing political and cultural satire on the radio, and writing dialogue for street NPCs. Lazlow arranged voice cameos in the Grand Theft Auto games for several key figures, many of whom are real life friends of his, such as Reed Tucker, Big Wayne Oliver, Fred Armisen, Frank Chavez, Anthony Cumia, Patrice O’Neal, Bill Burr, Wil Wheaton and Couzin Ed. He even arranged voice cameos for members of the hacker magazine "2600: The Hacker Quarterly", including Emmanuel Goldstein, Bernie S., and Kevin Mitnick.

Grand Theft Auto III was Lazlow’s first GTA game. He produced, scripted and hosted the popular Chatterbox FM radio station. He co-wrote the other radio station dialogue with Dan Houser of Rockstar Games.

After gaining great popularity for his GTA III work, Lazlow took a larger role in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Rockstar hired Lazlow's production company, Radio Lazlow, to co-write and produce all the radio stations in GTA Vice City, as well as minor character and pedestrian dialogue. He was also the host of Vice City radio station V-Rock, referring to a comment made offhand in GTA III, that he only worked at Chatterbox FM "because [he] got kicked off the rock station".

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, he co-wrote and produced all of the in-game radio, as well as hosting Entertaining America on WCTR and being caller on I Say/You Say.

He also returned as host of the Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories version of the Chatterbox radio show, although this time, his role was smaller — during the setting of the game, Chatterbox is merely a single show on a station, not an entire station on its own.

Lazlow returned in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories as an intern at V-Rock, working for his real life friend, Couzin Ed. Earlier in Lazlow's and Couzin Ed's real-life radio careers, Lazlow was the sidekick of Couzin Ed.

As Lazlow was involved in writing the radio content for all the 3D Universe games, he was able to create continuity between the games, even though they were released out of chronological order. This continuity built through the many games of the series is one of the few direct links between the 3D and the HD Universes, as the two do not otherwise share much continuity.

For example, in GTA III, Lazlow and Donald Love are said to be in charge of operating Chatterbox FM, a situation established in dialogue written for LCFR in Liberty City Stories. And characters mentioned in passing might later appear in a later game (such as Crow, who is referenced in a passing-by manner in GTA San Andreas, and appears on the air in Liberty City Stories).

Another example of this continuity is when in Grand Theft Auto IV Lazlow is referred to on other channels as the host of the "long-defunct" Chatterbox FM, and who is raising money for a new venture.

Mission Appearances

GTA V

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Trivia

General

3D Universe

  • On the Chatterbox FM show, one of the callers asks if he's Hungarian. "László" is a common name in Hungary.

HD Universe

  • Lazlow's appearance in Grand Theft Auto V contradicts a description of him on Integrity 2.0 in GTA Episodes From Liberty City. Lazlow has a full head of hair in GTA V, but on Integrity, a passer-by mentions that he is bald. This could possibly mean he either has a wig, managed to grow his hair back, or that indeed Lazlow had hair and the passer-by just wanted to taunt him by saying that he was bald.
    • A caricature artist also implies he is bald by drawing his head with a "helicopter landing pad" but Lazlow yells at him, saying not to focus on the bald spot.
  • Lazlow sponsors the Karin Dilettante and drives one during the mission Fame or Shame.
  • The way Lazlow getting chased in his Karin Dilettante might be related to the 2010 film The Other Guys, where one of the scene shows the main characters of the film, in a red Toyota Prius (the vehicle parodied by the Dilettante) also getting chased and finally stopped after the car has severely been damaged.
  • On two occasions, Lazlow admits that he doesn't actually perform live radio. In Grand Theft Auto IV, he says that Integrity 2.0 doesn't have the equipment to broadcast live, and makes a point of telling Michael and Trevor that he doesn't broadcast live during their confrontation in "Fame or Shame".
  • During the Vinewood Star Tours, the tour guide shows the place where Lazlow was arrested for masturbating with an eggplant and shouting at women.
  • It is very likely that one or more of the protagonists could call or receive calls/texts from Lazlow in the early versions of GTA V, as there's a contact picture for him in the game files.
  • It is also possible that his appearance as a host on Fame or Shame is supposed to parody the appearance of Howard Stern (another controversial radio host) as a judge on America's Got Talent. Stern began appearing on America's Got Talent in 2012 however it is unknown when Lazlow began his tenure as the host of Fame or Shame. It is also possible that it is supposed to parody the appearance of chat show host Jerry Springer as the host of the same show. Springer served as the host from 2007 until 2009 when he was replaced by Nick Cannon.
  • All the things that Lazlow does in the 3D Universe are also canon in the HD Universe according to the intro of the Episodes from Liberty City version of Integrity 2.0. [2]

References

  1. LCPD Database screenshot
  2. "He started as an intern on Vice City's V-Rock (GTA: Vice City Stories), then a fulltime DJ, (GTA: Vice City) before turning to Los Santos-based "Entertaining America", (GTA: San Andreas) and then "Chatterbox"... (GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA III)"

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