David Baddiel: Comedy & Cabaret
Co-creator of Fantasy Football League, David Baddiel is a well-known comedian, presenter and awards hosts. As well as turning comedy into 'The New Rock'n'Roll' on the stage, he has produced several books; hosted topical Radio 4 show Heresy; and written extensively for the screen, including his long-awaited film 'The Infidel' and his own sitcom ‘Baddiel's Syndrome’ (Sky One).
Writer, comedian , and co-creator of Fantasy Football League, David Baddiel was known for hosting the popular British TV show (BBC Two and ITV 1) and is responsible for some of the most ground-breaking comedy achievements of the last twenty years; he is ideal for comedy, awards hosting and presenting.
In 1992, David performed to 12,500 people with Rob Newman in the UK's first ever arena comedy show and was credited as turning comedy into 'The New Rock'n'Roll' long before arena comedy gigs became commonplace. This followed the hit TV shows 'The Mary Whitehouse Experience' and 'Newman and Baddiel in Pieces'.
Alongside F rank Skinner , Fantasy Football League allowed David to talk about football for a living for over 10 years (1994 to 2004). In 2000, the pair created the hit ITV show ‘Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned’, which went out live and unscripted for over 60 episodes; and they reunited throughout the 2010 FIFA World Cup to record a brand-new series of podcasts for Absolute Radio, 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.
They also teamed up with The Lightening Seeds to write the iconic unofficial England anthem ‘Three Lions’, which has been number one three times and is still heard at games around the world.
The release of David's long-awaited film in 2010 - the critically acclaimed feel-good comedy The Infidel – starred Omid Djalili, Richard Schiff, Matt Lucas and Miranda Hart. Following its success, and a Kickstarter campaign, a stage version premiered at Theatre Royal Stratford East in autumn 2014. He has also written and starred in his own sitcom, ‘Baddiel's Syndrome’ (Sky One).
Away from the screen, David has been writing for nearly 20 years. He has published seven books to date; ‘Time for Bed’ (1996), ‘Whatever Love Means’ (2002), ‘The Secret Purposes’ (2006), The Death of Eli Gold (2011), ‘The Parent Agency’ (2015), ‘The Boy Who Could Do What He Liked’ (2016) and ‘The Person Controller’ (2016).
David has also hosted two series of his topical Radio 4 show Heresy, which saw a team of three highly opinionated guests use their wit, wisdom and verbal dexterity to argue against popular prejudice and overthrow received opinion; and in November 2007, screened his documentary Baddiel and the Missing Millions on BBC One.
After nearly 15 years away from the stage, David returned in 2013 with his critically acclaimed show 'FAME: Not The Musical'. The show discussed David’s strange relationship with celebrity and what it is like to live a life in (and out of) fame. In 2016, he premiered his new show 'My Family: Not The Sitcom' at the Menier Chocolate Factory.