David Baddiel is one of the country's most successful post-alternative comedians and is responsible for some of the most memorable and groundbreaking comedy achievements of the last twenty years.
An accomplished comedian, author, screenwriter and television presenter, David Baddiel returned to stand up comedy in 2013, following a several-year hiatus, with his critically acclaimed show, Fame: Not The Musical. In Spring 2016 David premiered the second instalment of a running theme, My Family: Not the Sitcom, at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. So successful was the show, it transferred to London’s West End in the autumn that year, with a 5-week run at The Vaudeville Theatre.
David’s first brush with comedy was in 1982 when he wrote and performed in the sixth form revue at The Haberdashers Aske School Elsetree, which nearly got him expelled. At Cambridge, where he graduated from King's College with a double-first in English Literature, he was vice president of the Footlights. On leaving, he performed stand-up on the London circuit while working on a PhD entitled 'Seductive Innocence: The Little Girl in Victorian Sexuality'.
He then started performing stand-up routines on the London comedy circuit where he befriended Rob Newman. The pair began writing sketches for Weekending on BBC Radio Four which led to TV fame for the both of them with The Mary Whitehouse Experience.
David Baddiel met Frank Skinner in 1990 at Jongleurs comedy club in London. They shared a flat in Hampstead for several years and starred together in the very successful Fantasy Football League.
This led to them joining forces with The Lightning Seeds to record Three Lions for Euro ‘96 which reached No. 1 in the charts. The song was re-released in 1998. Dave and Frank starred on TV together once again in Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned on ITV. In 2001, he wrote and appeared in his own sitcom Baddiel's Syndrome on Sky One.
David reunited with Frank Skinner to record a new series of podcasts for Absolute Radio throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup, four years after they launched the World Cup's first ever podcasts which were downloaded by over 1 million listeners and nominated for a Sony Radio Academy Award.
2010 also saw the release of David's long-awaited film, the critically acclaimed feel-good comedy The Infidel. Starring OMID DJALILI, RICHARD SCHIFF, MATT LUCAS and MIRANDA HART, The Infidel followed Mahmud Nasir, loving husband, doting father and something of a "relaxed" Muslim who's world is turned upside down when his birth certificate which reveals that not only was he adopted at birth…but he's Jewish, and his real name is Solly Shimshillewitz.
After four critically acclaimed adult novels he released his third children’s book, The Boy Who Could Do What He Liked, which was written especially for World Book Day and followed the hugely successful The Person Controller and The Parent Agency.
In February 2021, David Baddiel wrote Jews Don’t Count, a book for people who consider themselves on the right side of history. People fighting the good fight against homophobia, disablism, transphobia and, particularly, racism.
In his unique combination of close reasoning, polemic, personal experience and jokes, Baddiel argues that those who think of themselves as on the right side of history have often ignored the history of anti-Semitism. He outlines why and how, in a time of intensely heightened awareness of minorities, Jews don’t count as a real minority: and why they should.