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 49)
London, England, United Kingdom
Spouse(s)Daisy Donovan (2005–present)

Daniel Gideon Mazer (born 4 October 1971)[1] is a British screenwriter, producer, and comedian. He is best known as the long-time writing and production partner of Sacha Baron Cohen and has worked with him on such characters as Ali G and Borat. Mazer co-wrote and co-produced the films Ali G Indahouse (2002), Borat (2006) and Brüno (2009).

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 an 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. He is currently co-writing Lost for Words with Jamie Curtis.

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.

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 Film Director Writer Producer Notes
2002 Ali G Indahouse No Yes Yes
2006 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan 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
TBA Home Alone Yes No No filming


  1. ^ Companies House
  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.

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