David is a writer, comedian, film-maker, parent, and fundamentalist atheist
DAVID BADDIEL is currently preparing to direct his first feature film following the success of the critically acclaimed feel-good comedy The Infidel. Starring OMID DJALILI, RICHARD SCHIFF, MATT LUCAS and MIRANDA HART, The Infidel follows 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. The film received a glut of four star reviews and was hailed as “the Summer’s funniest film” (Andrew O’Hagan, The Evening Standard).
David’s forth novel The Death of Eli Gold was published this March, following his three critically acclaimed previous titles Time For Bed, Whatever Love Means and The Secret Purposes. Last summer, David reunited with Frank Skinner to record a brand 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. Together with Frank, David created and presented Fantasy Football (BBC Two and ITV 1) and Baddiel & Skinner Unplanned (ITV 1) while also, alongside the Lightning Seeds, attained three number one hits with the football anthem ‘Three Lions’. In addition, he wrote and starred in his own sitcom, Baddiel’s Syndrome (Sky One).
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. He has made three documentaries, Horizon: How Bright Do You Want Your Child To Be?, Who Do You Think You Are? and Baddiel And The Missing Nazi Billions.
David 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. In 1992, he 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