Dane Baptiste

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Dane Baptiste (born 1984) is a British stand-up comedian, writer and presenter. He was the first Black British act to be nominated for the "Best Newcomer" award at 2014's Edinburgh Comedy Awards and his comedy series Sunny D premiered on BBC Three in Spring 2016.[1] He has made numerous TV and radio appearances, and hosts his own podcast Dane Baptiste Questions Everything. In January 2021, Baptiste’s comedy pilot Bamous launched on BBC Three / BBC One.[2]

Early life[edit]

Baptiste is from Hither Green,[3] South East London.[4] Prior to becoming a comedian Baptiste worked in media sales.

Stand up career[edit]

Baptiste started performing stand up comedy in 2012.

Baptiste was the first Black Briton to be nominated for the 2014 "Best Newcomer" Edinburgh Comedy Award.[5] After the success of his debut stand up show Citizen Dane, he completed two sold out runs at London’s Soho Theatre (with additional dates added due to phenomenal demand).

He was nominated for a Chortle award in 2015.[3]

His second stand up show Reasonable Doubts sold out and was met with huge critical acclaim at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with his first nationwide solo tour following in 2016.

In 2018 Baptiste set out on a massive world tour, covering numerous territories including Australia and New Zealand, with his smash hit third stand up hour G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs.) about worldwide pursuit of wealth, power and pleasure.

In 2021, Baptiste launched his brand new show and international tour, The Chocolate Chip. 

Television career[edit]

Baptiste has made various television appearances on Sweat the Small Stuff,[6] Virtually Famous,[7] Celebrity Squares,[8] Safeword,[9] Live at the Apollo,[10] Live from the BBC,[11] Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled,[12] Mock the Week,[13] 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown,[14] Pants of Fire,[15] Stand Up Sketch Show,[16] Pointless, Comedy Central's Roast Battle, Comedians Giving Lectures,[17][18] Comedians Solving World Problems, Gagging Order, Elevenish[19], CelebAbility,[20] Black, British and Funny,[21] Frankie Boyle's New World Order,[22] and Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled.[23]

He has hosted Live At The Apollo (BBC Two), Live from the Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and Tonight at the London Palladium (ITV1).

In December 2018 he won a week-long series in the BBC's House of Games.[24]

In 2016 Baptiste created, wrote and starred in sitcom Sunny D, which was then purchased for an American remake in 2018 by Lionsgate Pictures.

During the 2020 lockdown Baptiste performed on The Big Night In for Children in Need and Comic Relief.

In January 2021, Baptiste's BBC pilot Bamous premiered on BBC Three / BBC One[2]

Writing career[edit]

In 2016 Baptiste wrote his first sitcom Sunny D. Baptiste was the first black comedian to write a commissioned pilot for the BBC that went to series.

Baptiste wrote for Idris Elba at the 2018 FIFA Awards.

In 2020, Baptiste created and wrote BBC pilot Bamous.[25]

Other work[edit]

Baptiste hosts his own podcast Dane Baptiste Questions Everything,[26] is a member of comedy collective Quotas Full and is currently working on numerous scripted projects for both the UK and US.

He has also appeared on other podcasts including Evil Genius with Russell Kane,[27] West: Word - The Westworld podcast for Sky TV, Geoff Lloyd's Hometown Glory on Union Jack Radio, FRANK with Olivia Lee and Maria Shehat, The Gaffer Tapes: Fantasy Football Podcast,[28] and Mo Money, Mo Problems with Mo Gilligan.


  1. ^ Logan, Brian (20 March 2016). "Dane Baptiste: 'If we lived in an equal society, I wouldn't need to do comedy'". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Bamous - BBC Three". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Reasonable Doubts?". Sutton Guardian. Newsquest. 19 November 2015. p. 23.
  4. ^ "Comedy at the Fringe". BBC Three.
  5. ^ "Best Newcomer". Edinburgh Comedy Award.
  6. ^ Sweat the Small Stuff. 12 November 2014. BBC Three.
  7. ^ Virtually Famous. 11 May 2015. ITV2.
  8. ^ Celebrity Squares. 24 May 2015. ITV.
  9. ^ Safeword. 27 August 2015. ITV2.
  10. ^ Live at the Apollo. 23 November 2015. BBC Two.
  11. ^ Live from the BBC. 23 March 2016. BBC Three.
  12. ^ Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled. 14 June 2016. Dave.
  13. ^ Mock the Week. 16 June 2016. BBC Two.
  14. ^ 8 Out of 10 Cats. 6 December 2016. Channel 4.
  15. ^ "Pants On Fire". fulwell73. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  16. ^ The Stand Up Sketch Show - Watch episodes, retrieved 14 July 2020
  17. ^ UKTV. "Comedians Giving Lectures on UKTV Play". UKTV Play. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Comedians Giving Lectures - Dave Comedy". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  19. ^ "@elevenish - ITV2 Sketch Show". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  20. ^ Iain Stirling's CelebAbility - Watch episodes, retrieved 14 July 2020
  21. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Mo Gilligan: Black British & Funny - C4 Documentary". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  22. ^ "BBC Two - Frankie Boyle's New World Order, Series 4, Episode 4". BBC. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  23. ^ Hitler & Jingle (Comedy), Alan Davies, Lolly Adefope, Dane Baptiste, David Mitchell, 14 June 2016, retrieved 13 January 2021CS1 maint: others (link)
  24. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bvk9j5/richard-osmans-house-of-games-series-2-episode-50
  25. ^ "Dane Baptiste brings brand new entertainment show Bamous to BBC Three". Pressparty. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  26. ^ Bennett, Steve. "Podcast deal for Dane Baptiste". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  27. ^ "BBC Sounds - Evil Genius with Russell Kane - Downloads". BBC. Retrieved 14 July 2020.
  28. ^ Week 31: Train Baptiste FPL 16/17 The Gaffer Tapes, 6 April 2017

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