Dominic Frisby

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Dominic Frisby
Born1969/1970 (age 50–51)[1]
EducationSt Paul's School
Alma materManchester University
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationAuthor, comedian and voice actor
Known forco-host of Money Pit
Spouse(s)Louisa Haye, divorced 2003
Parent(s)Terence Frisby
Christine Doppelt
RelativesDavid Haye (brother-in-law)

Dominic Frisby (born 1969) is a British author, comedian and voice actor. He is best known as co-host of Money Pit.

Early life[edit]

Dominic Frisby is the son of the playwright and novelist Terence Frisby, and Christine Doppelt.[2] He was educated at St Paul's School, Manchester University and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art,[3] studying Italian and drama.[4]



Frisby is a prolific voice actor, voicing film trailers and adverts since he left university.[4] Frisby has performed at The Sitcom Trials,[5] voiced series 5 and 6 of How Do They Do It?,[6] provided many voices for Valhalla,[7] narrated Extreme Universe,[8] and voice-acted Moomins on the Riviera.[9] In 2001, he was in the sitcom Sam's Game with Davina McCall, and he played Captain Rimming alongside Pam Ann in Mile High Club, part of Comedy Lab.[4] In 2005, he played gay salsa teacher Jez in an episode of Murder in Suburbia.[10] He narrated the documentary Four Horsemen, which he co-wrote,[11] editing after the film was shot and writing the narration.[12]


He began performing live comedy in 1997, with the Upper Class Rapper.[5] He began as a character comic, before also doing observational comedy and compering.[4] In October 2001 he presented a radio show pilot at the Bracknell comedy festival.[13] He appeared on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2016.[14] Steve Bennett reviewing for Chortle in 2000 said his character comedy, including Upper Class Rapper and Ludwig the Bavarian, was a string of one-liners.[15] The show had "inspired gags", but was "sadly patchy".[16] Bennett's review three years later, calling his work "pleasant enough" but lacking an edge, noted he had moved on from being a character comic and decided to instead base his comedy on real life.[17] In 2001, he took part in an attempt to get into the Guinness Book of Records at Edinburgh as one of 45 comics onstage in 45 minutes.[18] He created the website Perrier Bets in 2004 to take bets on who would win the Perrier Award at Edinburgh.[19][20]

He began compering in 2003, including at Downstairs at the King's Head in Crouch End, which he called his "favourite venue".[4] He compered for Fulham F.C. in 2004, briefly replacing David Hamilton before Hamilton was reinstated.[21]

In 2016, he returned to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his show "Let's Talk About Tax"; FringeReview called the show a "well-researched, engagingly delivered and thoroughly enlightening hour of education and entertainment".[22] The Times said "it's not very funny. Rather, it's jaunty".[23] The List found it "took stamina" to keep up with.[24] Steve Bennett argued it is "better described as a lecture rather than a show" and it was "something of a stretch to pitch it as a comedy show".[25]

He piloted a show for Radio 4, More Money Than Sense, in May 2017.[26]


Frisby co-hosted Money Pit.[27] He is a MoneyWeek contributor[28] and writes for The Guardian.[29] He appeared on Simon Evans Goes to Market on Radio 4 to discuss gold.[30] He is a non-executive director of cryptocurrency startup Coinworks.[31]

Frisby has published two books. The first, Life After the State, berates the perceived failure of state to cater to people's views of it, and has been described variously as "a rollicking defence of anarcho-capitalism [and] a fantastic read" by The Idler's Tom Hodgkinson[32] and "a deadly serious dismantling of the way societies are run in the west" by[33] His second, Bitcoin: The Future of Money, details the online currency Bitcoin and includes research on its creator Satoshi Nakamoto.[34] Critical reception has been mixed: The Spectator's Michael Bywater called it "a magnificent job", further commenting that "since reading Bitcoin I have been thinking about money ... with the same sort of intensity that atheists reserve for their relationship with God",[35] however The Economist mused that "for any book on bitcoin to be worth reading, though, it has to delve further".[36]

Frisby has previously expressed his support for Brexit[37]and in 2019 was announced as the Brexit Party's parliamentary candidate in Old Bexley and Sidcup.[38]


  • Life After The State, Unbound (2013). ISBN 978-1-908717-894
  • Bitcoin: The Future of Money, Unbound (2014). ISBN 978-1-783520-770


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  2. ^ "Life After The State – Acknowledgements". Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Association of Mining Analysts, WIM (UK) & Applied Earth Science Division of IOM3 – Debate Gold: the Bulls vs the Bears (London) 15 May 2013". Women in Mining. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e Kasriel, Alex (6 December 2005). "Come fly with Frisby". Times Series. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Dominic Frisby, comedian news". Chortle. Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  6. ^ "How Do They Do It?". Dominic Frisby.
  7. ^ "96. Valhalla Review".
  8. ^ "National Geographic: Extreme Universe review (DVD)".
  9. ^ "'Moomins on the Riviera' Sets Theatrical Run". Animation World Network.
  10. ^ "Murder in Suburbia, S2-E4 Salsa". Radio Times.
  11. ^ Sheehan, Courtney (19 December 2011). "Approaches to End of the World Docs". The Independent Magazine. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  12. ^ Shaw-Williams, Hannah (14 March 2012). "Making Finance Sexy With Dominic Frisby and the Four Horsemen". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  13. ^ "Berks laughs". Chortle. 1 October 2001. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Dominic Frisby – Tour/gig dates". Chortle. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  15. ^ Bennett, Steve (13 August 2000). "Dominic Frisby – Original Review". Chortle. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  16. ^ Bennett, Steve (2000). "Dominic Frisby". Chortle. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  17. ^ Bennett, Steve (2003). "Truth and Bullshit". Chortle. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  18. ^ "Record Breakers". Chortle. 27 August 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  19. ^ "What are the odds?". Chortle. 7 August 2004. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  20. ^ "What are the odds..?". Chortle. 12 August 2005. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  21. ^ "Diddy Hamilton Back Behind the Mike". Fulham Web. 25 August 2004. Retrieved 21 April 2017.
  22. ^ Wilcock, Tim (8 August 2016). "Dominic Frisby : Let's Talk About Tax". FringeReview. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  23. ^ Maxwell, Dominic (12 August 2016). "Edinburgh Comedy: Dominic Frisby at Gilded Balloon Teviot". The Times. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  24. ^ Sawers, Claire (16 August 2016). "Dominic Frisby: Let's Talk About Tax". The List. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  25. ^ Bennett, Steve (9 August 2016). "Dominic Frisby: Let's Talk About Tax". Chortle.
  26. ^ "Two comedies in development for Radio 4". Chortle. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  27. ^ Doyle, Pat (22 October 2015). "The Money Pit, Dave". Broadcast. (subscription required)
  28. ^ "Dominic Frisby". MoneyWeek. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  29. ^ "Dominic Frisby". The Guardian. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  30. ^ "Gold". Simon Evans Goes to Market. Radio 4. 22 February 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  31. ^ "Coinworks Presentation" (PDF). 6 May 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  32. ^ "Life After the State by Dominic Frisby". The Idler. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  33. ^ "Dominic Frisby". Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  34. ^ Cuthbertson, Anthony (12 November 2014). "Bitcoin Creator Revealed? Satoshi Nakamoto's True Identity Unmasked". IB Times. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  35. ^ Bywater, Michael (29 November 2014). "The book that made me (almost) believe in bitcoins". The Spectator. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  36. ^ "Much more than digital cash". The Economist. 10 January 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  37. ^
  38. ^ "CANDIDATE ANNOUNCEMENT". 5 August 2019. Retrieved 6 August 2019.

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