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David Baddiel

David Baddiel is a comedian, author, screenwriter and television presenter. He rose to fame in the late 1980s as a London-based stand-up comedian.
David Baddiel

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David Baddiel

In 1992, David Baddiel 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 (BBC2) and Newman and Baddiel in Pieces (BBC2).

David Baddiel later created and presented – with Frank Skinner – Fantasy Football and Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned. Alongside The Lightning Seeds, the pair also wrote the seminal football anthem Three Lions. David has made several acclaimed documentaries, including the 2016 travel documentary David Baddiel On The Silk Road (Discovery) and in 2017, The Trouble with Dad (Channel4). More recently he created and presented Confronting Holocaust Denial and Social Media, Anger and Us on BBC2.

Following the publication of his bestselling polemic Jews Don’t Count, David Baddiel has been at the forefront of tackling antisemitism in the media, sport, and more broadly, the progressive left. The book became The Sunday Times Politics and Current Affairs Book of the Year, 2021 and enjoyed critical acclaim in the UK, Europe and US. He has been invited to speak on antisemitism for audiences in Berlin, New York and around the UK.  In 2022, Jews Don’t Count was adapted into a documentary for Channel 4.

David Baddiel has published ten hugely successful children’s books (The Person Controller, AniMalcolm, The Boy Who Could Do What He Liked, Birthday Boy, Head Kid, The Taylor Turbochaser, The Parent Agency, Future Friend, The Boy Who Got Accidentally Famous and Only Children) and critically-acclaimed adult novels (The Death of Eli Gold, Time For Bed, Whatever Love MeansThe Secret Purposes), as well as writing the hit comedy film The Infidel. His latest polemic The God Desire, was published in April 2023.

David Baddiel has created and starred in a several returning radio shows, including Heresy (BBC Radio 4), Don’t Make Me Laugh (BBC Radio 4), and David Baddiel Tries to Understand (BBC Radio 4).

David Baddiel returned to stand-up comedy in 2013 with his critically acclaimed show, Fame: Not The Musical. In Spring 2016 David premiered My Family: Not the Sitcom, which ran on London’s West End for 15 weeks and was nominated for an Olivier Award. His latest show, Trolls: Not the Dolls, toured in 2020 and 2021.

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