Original and provocative, Baptiste is hailed as one of the most exciting acts to break in years. The London born stand up made comedy history in 2014 as the first Black British act to be nominated for a comedy award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his debut stand up show Citizen Dane. Following this nomination, the show enjoyed incredible success at London’s Soho Theatre completing two sold out runs with additional dates added due to phenomenal demand. His second stand up show Reasonable Doubts was again met with huge critical acclaim and performed to sold out audiences at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe, with his first nationwide solo tour following in 2016. In 2018 Dane set out on a massive world tour, covering numerous territories, with his smash hit third stand up hour G.O.D. (Gold. Oil. Drugs).
His extensive TV credits include Live at the Apollo (BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC Two), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV2), Black, British and Funny (Channel 4), Frankie Boyle’s New World Order (BBC Two), Roast Battle (Comedy Central), Comedians Giving Lectures (Dave), Hypothetical (Dave), Tonight at the London Palladium (ITV1), Live from the BBC (BBC Three), Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled (Dave), Comedians Solve World Problems (Comedy Central) and more. During the 2020 lockdown Baptiste performed on The Big Night In (BBC One) for Children in Need and Comic Relief. He has also hosted Live At The Apollo (BBC Two), Live from the Comedy Store (Comedy Central) and created, wrote and starred in his own sitcom Sunny D (BBC Three/One), which was the first black sitcom commissioned by the BBC in 20 years and is now being reformatted for US markets.
Dane also hosts his own hugely successful podcast Dane Baptiste Questions Everything, which was recently acquired by Acast in 2020.
In 2021 Dane launched his brand new comedy entertainment format Bamous on BBC Three to huge critical acclaim. I News said “Baptiste was a livewire host for a comedy special that felt like a British riff on American political comedies such as The Daily Show”. Joe.co.uk said “ Bamous feels exciting, prescient and overdue. A genuinely subversive and grown-up comedy show that is undeniably black and uniquely British”. The pilot’s BBC One repeat pulled in over 700K viewers and became one of the Top 10 rated comedy shows. The format’s social clips racked under hundreds of thousands of views and were shared by the likes of Naomi Campbell and Dawn French.
Dane’s brand new tour show The Chocolate Chip begins Autumn 2021.
★★★★★ “A comical genius”
★★★★“A striking set”
★★★★“Observational comedy at its finest”
★★★★“Powerful and persuasive”