Dan Mazer

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Dan Mazer
Mazer looking to the camera
Mazer in Paris at a premiere of I Give It a Year, April 2013.
Born (1971-10-04) 4 October 1971 (age 51)
London, England
Known forLong-time writing and production partner of Sacha Baron Cohen
SpouseDaisy Donovan (m. 2005)

Daniel Gideon Mazer (born 4 October 1971)[1] is a British director, screenwriter, producer, and comedian. He is best known as the long-time writing and production partner of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen and worked with him on his three unorthodox characters Ali G, Borat, and Brüno. He also co-wrote and co-produced the films based on Baron Cohen's characters such as Ali G Indahouse, Borat, and Brüno.

Early life[edit]

Mazer attended The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, where he met Baron Cohen.[2] He went on to read Law at Peterhouse, Cambridge University, and graduated in 1994. He was an active member of Cambridge Footlights while at university and was vice president from 1993 to 1994.


His early work includes production roles on The Word, The Big Breakfast and The 11 O'Clock Show.

In 2007 he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for co-writing the film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. He shared his nomination with Sacha Baron Cohen, Ant Hines, Peter Baynham, and Todd Phillips. They ended up losing to The Departed.

In 2013 he made his feature film directing debut with the British comedy I Give It a Year. He followed it with the 2016 American comedy Dirty Grandpa.

In 2020 he co-wrote the script for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, for which he was again nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and also won a Writers Guild Award.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to television personality Daisy Donovan, with whom he has two daughters, Maisy[3] and Mini Ivy.[4]

Mazer is Jewish.[5][6]


Year Title Director Writer Producer
2002 Ali G Indahouse No Yes Yes
2006 Borat No Yes Executive
2009 Brüno No Yes Yes
2012 The Dictator No No Executive
2013 I Give It a Year Yes Yes No
2016 Dirty Grandpa Yes No No
Bridget Jones's Baby No Yes No
Office Christmas Party No Yes No
2020 Borat Subsequent Moviefilm No Yes No
2021 The Exchange Yes No No
Home Sweet Home Alone Yes No No
TBA Untitled Big Jim film[7] Yes No No


  1. ^ "Daniel Gideon MAZER - Personal Appointments (free information from Companies House)". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk.
  2. ^ Andrew Anthony (7 June 2009). "Sacha Baron Cohen: The comic who is always in your face". The Observer. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  3. ^ Louise Cohen (20 October 2007). "Daisy Donovan and her dead lucky break". The Times. London. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  4. ^ Jones, Alice (27 January 2016). "Dan Mazer interview: Sacha Baron Cohen's partner in crime on Dirty Grandpa and the new Bridget Jones film". The Independent. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  5. ^ Applebaum, Stephen (7 February 2013). "A romcom from the man who brought you Borat". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Jews in the News: Ben Feldman, Lauren Cohan and Dan Mazer". Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation. 16 January 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  7. ^ Donnelly, Matt (28 January 2022). "Barbie and Beyond: How Mattel Studios Executive Robbie Brenner Brings Beloved Toys to Screen". Variety. Retrieved 24 April 2022.

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