David Baddiel is a British comedian and television presenter. First known as one of the stars of The Mary Whitehouse Experience and then Newman and Baddiel In Pieces. In 1992, alongside Rob Newman, Baddiel performed to 12,500 people in the UK’s first ever arena comedy show. Baddiel is credited with making comedy the new rock and roll. In 1994, David and Frank Skinner created Fantasy Football League. The pair, along with The Lightning Seeds, wrote the iconic unofficial England anthem Three Lions, which has seen its fair share of success, reaching number one an impressive three times. Three Lions is still heard around football grounds across the world.
In the year 2000, David and Frank created the hit ITV show Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned, going out live and unscripted for over 60 episodes. The pair joined up again, in 2006 and 2010 to record one of the first hit podcasts, Baddiel and Skinner’s World Cup Podcasts, live from Germany as well as South Africa. The show was downloaded over a million times and was one of the first podcasts to be nominated for a Sony award. Away from the screen, Baddiel has been writing for nearly twenty years – he has published several books to date.
After nearly fifteen years away, Baddiel returned to the stage in 2013, with his critically acclaimed show, FAME: Not The Musical. The show discussed Baddiel’s strange relationship with celebrity and what it is like to live a life in fame. In 2016, Baddiel premiered his new show, My Family: Not The Sitcom at The Menier Chocolate Factory.
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