David Baddiel showed a keen eye for comedy even at school, writing a sixth-form play which allegedly almost got him expelled.
At Cambridge he became Footlights Vice-President and after graduating with a double first in English became a stand-up comedian.
Soon he was writing jokes for several TV and radio shows, including Spitting Image.
Teaming up with Rob Newman in 1988, the pair's writing talent was soon spotted by the BBC, who matched them with Steve Punt and Hugh Dennis to create The Mary Whitehouse Experience on Radio 1.
Its mix of sketches and edgy stand-up quickly transferred to BBC TWO and was a cult hit, eventually attracting over 5 million viewers.
After Baddiel's next series with Newman (…In Pieces) they became the first comedians to play (and sell out) Wembley Arena, before splitting acrimoniously.
In 1994 Baddiel was asked to front a new show capitalising on the Fantasy Football craze, with flatmate and new comic partner Frank Skinner.
Fantasy Football League (BBC TWO) was another cult hit, transferring to ITV for the 1998 World Cup and then to podcasts in 2006.
Their next format: Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned, featured improvised question-and-answer sessions and was a hit-and-miss affair.
Baddiel has since starred in his own sitcom (Sky's short-lived Baddiel's Syndrome) and writes novels.
He also hosts Heresy on Radio 4, inviting top comedians to challenge received opinion.
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