Sky Arts to air David Baddiel stand-up trilogy

Monday 6th November 2023, 3:51pm by Jay Richardson

David Baddiel

Sky Arts is to air its first original stand-up specials, with a trilogy of shows from David Baddiel.

The comic is appearing at The Lowry theatre in Manchester tonight, tomorrow and on Wednesday to warm up for recording his 2013 show, Fame, Not The Musical, My Family: Not The Sitcom (2016) and Trolls Not The Dolls (2020), to air early next year.

"I have to try to remember them, that's basically what I'm doing" Baddiel told Lorraine Kelly on her ITV morning show. "I'm going on stage just to try and remember them at my advanced age so I can put them on tape next year."

Sky Arts has previously aired comic short films as showcases for upcoming comedians through strands such as its Urban Myths and Christmas-themed seasons and occasionally broadcast stand-up specials. But Baddiel's trilogy will be the first original run stand-up commission for the channel.

In Fame, Not The Musical, Baddiel explores the evolving nature of celebrity, while My Family: Not The Sitcom reflects on his late father's struggle with dementia and his mother's affair with a golf salesman. In Trolls, he shares the abuse he's attracted on social media.

Baddiel was appearing on Lorraine to promote the Belgian animated film My Father's Secrets, based on the Auschwitz survival story of Henri Kichka, which the comic will introduce for its UK premiere at the UK Jewish Film Festival on 16th November.

Alongside Baddiel, the English language version also features the voices of Miriam Margolyes, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Hollywood screen legend Elliot Gould.

Meanwhile, Channel 4 is repeating his documentary, David Baddiel: Jews Don't Count, on Wednesday night.

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