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David Schneider

David Schneider on The Day Today

David Schneider was making audiences laugh as early as his college days at Oxford in the early 1980s, when his physical comedy act was a refreshing contrast to the stand-up boom at the time.

It was there he met friend and future collaborator Armando Iannucci, who in 1991 recruited him as a key cast member for Radio 4's news parody On the Hour and its TV transfer, The Day Today, as well as for the spin-off spoof chat show Knowing Me, Knowing You, starring Steve Coogan's alter-ego Alan Partridge.

Schneider consistently breathed life into a remarkable variety of memorable characters, most memorably as BBC Commissioning Editor (and Partridge's nemesis) Tony Hayers, a role he was to reprise hilariously in the later sitcom I'm Alan Partridge.

A gifted writer, Schneider gained further on-screen fame in the mid-Nineties when co-presenting topical satirical series The Saturday Night Armistice with Iannucci and Peter Baynham, which again demonstrated his versatility as a comic performer.

He has since appeared in a number of feature films, including Mission Impossible and 28 Days Later, and has branched into writing books, drama and a witty regular newspaper column.

Appearances by David Schneider
Start YearAliasProgramme BrandCountry

As an Actor

Alan Partridge 1997

As a Performer

The Day Today 1994

As a Performer

The Saturday Night Armistice 1995

As a Performer

The 99p Challenge 2000

As a Performer

On The Hour 1991

As a Writer

The Day Today 1994

As a Writer

The Saturday Night Armistice 1995

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