From humble beginnings as a Red Coat for Butlins' holiday camps to playing the lead in successful stage musical Boogie Nights, Mark Jones loves nothing more than the sound of laughter echoing around an auditorium.
And this is something the children's entertainer has grown accustomed to, after starring in The Sooty Show Live and Rainbow Live, in which he toured with his childhood heroes, Zippy, Bungle and George.
But some of his biggest laughs have been at the Beck Theatre, where he played Muddles in last year's production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. In this year's panto, Peter Pan, he treads the boards as Smee, Captain Hook's trusty sidekick.
Mark, who lives just six miles away from the theatre in Iver, said: "I genuinely enjoy working at The Beck, and not just because it is local, although that is a definite advantage!
"Last year's panto was so successful that I had no reservations about coming back, but strictly speaking, my role as Muddles was a character created specifically to provide light comedy entertainment, similar to Buttons in Cinderella. Smee, on the other hand, is a bona fide character who is integral to the cast.
"As opposed to national productions, The Beck offers a bit more scope for creativity. My role as Smee is very organic, so I can mix things up a bit and improvise, which keeps things fresh, especially once you have done a show 40 or 50 times!"
Also starring in Peter Pan is Leslie Grantham, aka EastEnders' Den Watts, who, according to Mark, will make a suitably sinister Captain Hook.
"I know he has played the part in several other productions and it's great to work with someone who is arguably one of, if not the
biggest soap star of all time - his character will definitely get the audience going.
"I love the thrill of audience participation and that's what panto is all about.
"Children make it all the more enjoyable as they are very honest - they laugh when something is genuinely funny, and have no qualms about shouting out 'That's rubbish!' whereas adults tend to laugh along regardless, because it's the done thing."
Mark, whose own comedic heroes include Cannon and Ball and Russell Brand, has also found fame as a glove puppeteer - most notably on his own very popular show working alongside feathered friend Clive the Crow.
"I'm just a big kid at heart and love the magic of performing with puppets, which is something children appreciate more than most. They know as well as adults that the puppet isn't real, but they believe in the story - it's a fantasy."
But despite being a recognised face on the comedy and entertainment circuit, the 35-year-old feels he is yet to achieve his big break.
"I think my biggest moment so far was probably in Boogie Nights and the sequel, Boogie Nights 2, in which I played Roddy. The show toured the world, visiting places including New Zealand and South Africa, which was an amazing experience.
"But I feel that, career wise, so much more lies ahead for me and I'm waiting for an opportunity to take that next step up.
"I'm quite well known in the bubble of the entertainment industry, but would really love to achieve national recognition.
"I have just started writing for a company that produces children's shows and I really enjoy it, being backstage and behind the scenes.
I would really like to focus on making my own quality children's television shows, but I don't want to stop performing."
Mark's wife Tracy recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Poppy, and he admits he would be delighted if she followed in his footsteps - although he has a warning for anyone wishing to find a fast track into the industry.
"So many people want to work in entertainment and it can be incredibly fickle.
Shows like The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent don't help either, as they give people false hope, when there is a very minimal chance of achieving fame and fortune through a reality show - out of 100,000 people, just one or two might enjoy long-term career prospects.
"Don't get me wrong, I love those shows and always record The X Factor - I can never miss an episode and I'm rooting for Diana - but in my opinion, it just isn't a viable route to success and is more about making money for the record companies.
"My advice for anyone interested in show business is just to be passionate, determined and driven towards achieving your goal.
"It can be hard work but it's fantastic fun too."