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Dan Schreiber
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Schreiber presenting at Wikimania 2014
Daniel Craig Schreiber

1984 (age 39–40)
Occupation(s)Podcaster, producer, writer
Notable workNo Such Thing as a Fish,
The Museum of Curiosity

Daniel Craig Schreiber (born 1984) is an Australian radio producer, writer, podcaster, and comedian based in London. He co-created the BBC Radio 4 panel show The Museum of Curiosity with host John Lloyd and co-producer Richard Turner[1] and co-hosts the podcast No Such Thing As A Fish.[2]

Early life


Schreiber was born c. 1984 in British Hong Kong to an Australian father and a British mother, both of whom worked as celebrity hairdressers.[3][4][5][6][7] He became proficient in Mandarin.[8] The Schreibers moved to Sydney, Australia around the time Hong Kong changed from British rule to Chinese rule.[7] He moved to the UK at age 19 after QI creator John Lloyd offered him a job while Schreiber was visiting family in Oxford.[7] He has a sister, Chyna, and a brother.[9][10]



Schreiber began at the television panel game show QI as a researcher, or "elf", shortly after moving to England.[11][6] He co-created and co-produces The Museum of Curiosity starting in 2008;[6][12] co-hosts the cryptozoology-focused podcast The Cryptid Factor with Rhys Darby, David Farrier and producer Leon 'Buttons' Kirkbeck starting in 2013;[13][14] and co-created, co-hosts, and co-produces the podcast No Such Thing As A Fish alongside James Harkin, Andrew Hunter Murray and Anna Ptaszynski starting in 2014.[15][16] Schreiber also appeared as a panelist and presenter on the BBC panel show No Such Thing as the News, a spin-off of the No Such Thing As a Fish podcast. The program's two series aired in 2016.[17][18] While staying at his in-laws' house during the COVID-19 pandemic, Schreiber created Show Us Your Shit (also known as Show Us Your Shit (or: Some Shakespeare, A Pair of Pyjamas & A Mutton Chop)), an Instagram Live series. Each episode features a different guest who shows Schreiber and the audience a selection of interesting objects from around their home.[19] On 6 June 2020, Schreiber was featured on the BBC Radio 4 series Loose Ends to discuss Show Us Your Shit.[19] In 2021, The Tournament, a show devised by Schreiber along with James Rawson and Simon Urwin, aired on BBC hosted by Alex Scott.[20][21]

After five seasons working for QI, Schreiber started as head of development for ComedyBox,[22][23] an online channel from Warner, which financially supported comedy projects and provided a forum for comedians to share their content.[24][25][26][27] There, he executive produced Ken Russell's short Christmas film A Kitten for Hitler[28] and Flight of the Conchords star Rhys Darby's ComedyBox clips[29] and stand-up DVD Imagine That! As a stand-up comedian in his own right,[30] Schreiber has toured with FolkFace from Radio 1's Chris Moyles Show and was a regular panelist on the E4 show Dirty Digest. Schreiber's comic debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was his show Cockblocked From Outer Space in 2014.[31] In 2015, he was the presenter in the Channel 4 documentary The Great UFO Conspiracy, which examined beliefs about aliens in the UK.[31][32] Since hosting the cancelled pilot of his own radio show, which featured guests Rhys Darby, John Lloyd, Ismo Leikola, and John Gribbin in 2009[33] Schreiber has also been a guest on BBC Radio 4's Don't Make Me Laugh with David Baddiel and Fresh From The Fringe as well as a variety of podcasts including Judge John Hodgman and Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast.[34][35][36][37]

Schreiber has also contributed to a number of books, including The Naked Jape by Jimmy Carr; the QI spinoffs The Book of General Ignorance and G Annual; and No Such Thing as a Fish's The Book of the Year series.[38][39][40] He released his first stand-alone book, The Theory of Everything Else: A Voyage Into the World of the Weird, in October 2022.[41][42]

Personal life


Schreiber and his wife Fenella have three sons named Wilf, Ted and Kit.[43][44]




  1. ^ Wolf, Ian. "The Museum of Curiosity – Production Details, Plus Regular Cast and Crew". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 12 August 2009.
  2. ^ O'Riordan, Lizzy (4 October 2021). "Co-host Dan Schreiber on the No Such Thing as a Fish Podcast and Upcoming Tour Nerd Immunity". Left Lion. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  3. ^ @Schrieberland (13 June 2010). "@ianwolf I am also, I should add, a Hong Kongian from birth-12. Is Hong Kong in the world cup?" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ @Schreiberland (13 June 2010). "@ianwolf I'm an Aussie. My dad is Australian & I grew up there from 12–19 (high school) family still live there" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "Dan Schreiber". Fresh From the Fringe. 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  6. ^ a b c Jacques, Adam (19 December 2015). "Dan Schreiber and James Harkin: How we met". Independent. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  7. ^ a b c Smith, Cameron (10 April 2013). "Jack of all trades: Dan Schreiber". Honi Soil. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  8. ^ Carling, Andy (7 September 2014). "Odd facts, being an elf and Chinese stand up comedy". New Europe. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  9. ^ @Schreiberland (28 April 2015). "He's dying to get 100 likes. And my mum and brother are dying of embarrassment" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  10. ^ @Schreiberland (17 April 2011). "My little sister, Chyna, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl this morning. #bestdayever" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "The People Behind QI". QI. Archived from the original on 25 March 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2009.
  12. ^ "The Museum Of Curiosity". British Classic Comedy. 8 November 2019. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  13. ^ "The Cryptid Factor".
  14. ^ Sagers, Aaron (2 March 2022). "Our Flag Means Death Makes a Gentleman Pirate of Rhys Darby". Den of Geek. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  15. ^ Hassett, Julie (8 October 2021). "Podcast Review - No Such Thing As A Fish – Hilariously Informative". HeadStuff. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  16. ^ Brandel, Christine (4 April 2017). "CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?: THE 'NO SUCH THING AS A FISH' PODCAST". Pop Matters. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  17. ^ "No Such Thing As The News". BBC Two. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  18. ^ "No Such Thing As the News". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 23 September 2022.
  19. ^ a b "BBC Radio 4 - Loose Ends, Annie Mac, Winsome Pinnock, Dan Schreiber, The Last Poets, LA Priest, Emma Freud, Clive Anderson". BBC. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  20. ^ "Alex Scott and Ross Kemp to host new BBC Daytime Quiz formats made in Scotland". BBC. 9 July 2021. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  21. ^ "The Tournament". UK Game Shows. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  22. ^ British Comedy Guide (13 August 2014). "Why comedy video websites fail". comedy.co.uk. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  23. ^ "Warner Music Entertainment launches comedy channel". econsultancy.com. Archived from the original on 12 November 2016. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  24. ^ "John Lloyd launches Comedybox". Blackadder Hall. 13 October 2007. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  25. ^ "Writing Comedy with QI's Dan Schreiber". WayWord Festival. 24 September 2021. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  26. ^ "Warner to Launch Comedybox". awn.com. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  27. ^ "Jack of all trades: Dan Schreiber". Honi Soit. 10 April 2013. Retrieved 12 November 2016. Honi Soit is the weekly student newspaper of the University of Sydney.
  28. ^ Russell, Ken (27 September 2009). "My Kitten for Hitler is all in the best bad taste". The Times. London. Archived from the original on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  29. ^ Pipe, Bob (17 March 2014). "Comedy Box (playlist)". Retrieved 12 November 2016 – via youtube.com. I was in-house producer/director at Warner's ComedyBox.tv from 2007-2009. We later became MySpace Comedy. I shot, edited, produced and/or directed hundreds of comedy sketches. Here's a few of them
  30. ^ "Review: Stand Up for Ugly Animals". bristol247.com. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  31. ^ a b "Comic to front alien conspiracy film". Chortle. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  32. ^ Ling, Thomas (3 January 2018). "9 fascinating facts about the QI Elves". RadioTimes. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  33. ^ "My Radio Show". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 12 August 2009.
  34. ^ "Podcast Festival special: Dan Schreiber". Podtail. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  35. ^ "Episode 311: Live From the London Podcast Festival". Maximum Fun. 3 May 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  36. ^ "Don't Make Me Laugh". British Comedy Guide. 22 December 2015. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  37. ^ "Fresh From The Fringe". British Comedy Guide. 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  38. ^ "Dan Schreiber: C*ckblocked from Outer Space". British Comedy Guide. 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  39. ^ "Dan Schreiber". Champions. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  40. ^ "No Such Thing as a Fish". QI. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  41. ^ The Theory of Everything Else. Audible. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  42. ^ "The Theory of Everything Else by Dan Schreiber". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  43. ^ "Mr D. Schreiber and Miss F. Bates". The Telegraph. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  44. ^ @Schreiberland (29 August 2022). "Bought a vintage 1980s SuperTed poster for my two boys, Wilf (4) and Ted (2). Lot of debate happening in the Schreiber household tonight about who this present is really for" (Tweet) – via Twitter.