An accomplished comedian, author, screenwriter and television presenter, David Baddiel returned to stand up comedy in 2013 with his critically acclaimed show, Fame: Not The Musical. In Spring 2016 David premiered his newest show, My Family: Not the Sitcom, at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.Opening to a wealth of glowing reviews, the show has been described as “Baddiel launches himself into the Louis CK league of no-holds-barred comedy” (The Metro), “This is a rare production that boasts side-splitting laughs and also moves people to tears” (Evening Standard), “Universally joyful” (Chortle) and “Compelling to watch both for its unvarnished truth and complicated affection” (The Guardian). My Family: Not The Sitcom will transfer to London’s West End in September 2016, with a 5 week run at the Vaudeville Theatre.
In June 2016 David Baddiel’s first children’s novel, The Parent Agencywon the LOLLIE award for ‘best laugh out loud book for 9-13 year olds’. His second children’s book The Person Controller was published in Autumn 2015. He has also written four critically-acclaimed adult novels The Death of Eli Gold, Time For Bed, Whatever Love Means and The Secret Purposes. David also wrote the hit comedy film The Infidel starring Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Matt Lucas and Miranda Hart. The film received a glut of four star reviews and was hailed as “the Summer’s funniest film”(Andrew O’Hagan, The Evening Standard). It has since been adapted into a musical, also written and directed by David with music by Erran Baron Cohen, which ran at the Theatre Royal Stratford East in late 2014.
In 2010, David made his directorial debut with The Norris McWhirter Chronicles, a film for Sky 1 which he also wrote, with appearances from Alistair McGowan, Lee Mack, John Thomson (The Fast Show, Cold Feet) and Frank Skinner, with music by Erran Baron Cohen.
Baddiel created and presented – with Frank Skinner – Fantasy Footballand Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned, attaining three number one hits alongside The Lightning Seeds with the football anthem Three Lions. In 1992, he performed to 12,500 people with Rob Newman at the Wembley arena, in the UK’s first ever arena comedy show and was credited as turning comedy into “The New Rock’n’Roll”. This followed the hit TV shows The Mary Whitehouse Experience (BBC TWO) and Newman and Baddiel in Pieces (BBC TWO). In 2010 David reunited with Frank Skinner to exclusively present a series of shows from the World Cup in South Africa for Absolute Radio, (which attracted over 3 million downloads). His travel documentary for Discovery entitled David Baddiel On The Silk Road, aired in Spring 2016.
David presently has film scripts in development with both Bwark Productions (The Inbetweeners) and Montecito Pictures (Up in the Air) in the US.
In 2004 he created BBC Radio 4 show Heresy which sees a team of three highly opinionated guests use their wit, wisdom and verbal dexterity to argue against popular prejudice and overthrow received opinion. In 2014 he created and hosted a new radio 4 late panel show, Don’t Make Me Laugh which saw its second series air this year. And in 2015 he created and fronted a new BBC Radio 4 show David Baddiel Tries to Understand…
“Everybody loved him! I don’t think we ever had anybody on stage who managed to control the audience so well and managed to make them listen!! Job extremely well done! Would have him again anytime!”