Lazlow Jones is a real-life American talk show host who is involved in writing and producing Grand Theft Auto games, widening his influence and recognition far beyond that of a local radio host.
In the GTA series
In real life
Behind the scenes, Lazlow is one of the writers for the game's script, providing political and cultural satire on the radio and when passing by pedestrians on foot.
Grand Theft Auto III featured Lazlow’s first appearance, in which he produced, scripted and hosted the popular Chatterbox FM radio station made famous for comic sketches, political satire and clever wit. He co-wrote all of the radio stations with Dan Houser of Rockstar Games.
After great success 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 bystander scripting. 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 "because fired from the rock channel".
In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, he also co-wrote and produced all of the in-game radio, as well as hosting Entertaining America on WCTR after the original host was killed by game character Jack Howitzer on air.
He also returned as host of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories' version of the Chatterbox radio show, although in a much smaller role as the in-game chronology has Chatterbox as merely a show on a channel, not an entire channel 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 and Couzin Eds' real-life radio careers, Lazlow was the sidekick of Couzin Ed.
Lazlow returns as a member of the cast in Grand Theft Auto IV. He is referred to on other channels as the host of the "long-defunct" Chatterbox FM, and is raising money for a new venture. This new idea, the channel Integrity 2.0 (wherein Lazlow wanders Algonquin and interviews random pedestrians), goes on-air when the player gains access to Algonquin.
Lazlow also arranged voice cameos in the Grand Theft Auto games for several key figures from the hacker magazine 2600, including Emmanuel Goldstein, Bernie S., and Kevin Mitnick.