Danielle Ward

writer, comedian

Danielle Ward started performing stand-up in 2004 after moving to London to become the economic researcher at the South Korean Embassy. Just think, if she’d never done that gig in Crouch End she’d probably be a diplomat by now. The compere that night was Russell Brand – he doesn’t do it anymore.  Danielle came runner-up in the BBC New Comedy Awards and got her first break in radio on long forgotten late night Radio 1 sketch show The Milk Run performing alongside John Oliver and other comics who aren’t as wonderful as John Oliver.

Danielle has written for The News Quiz, Mongrels, The Lee Mack Show, Not Going Out, Horrible Histories, Danger Mouse and Anna & Katy among other things. In 2007 she wrote her first musical Psister Psycho with Martin White which they took to the Edinburgh Festival. It was a cult smash and nominated for a Chortle Award. Though ‘Musical Theatre Matters’ hated it because it was too funny and not based on a thing they’d already heard of, which must have been confusing for them.

As well as being a much sought after writer, Danielle has taken three critically acclaimed solo stand-up shows, two musicals and a play about Take A Break magazine to the Edinburgh Festival, appeared on Mock the Week, Newswipe with Charlie Brooker, things that are only on freeview telly after midnight, NBC’s Last Comic Standing (in America!) and is now a regular panelist on Radio 4’s The News Quiz and Dilemma – which she also invented. And she once guested on a live Election Special edition of Newsnight. With Paxman. Sadly her quite good joke about Tony Blair wasn’t enough to stop the return of the Conservatives. She was also Dave Gorman’s co-host on his Absolute Radio Sunday Morning show for three years.

In November 2012 Danielle took a break from stand-up to appear in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Julius Caesar at the Donmar Warehouse in London and the New York transfer to St Ann’s Warehouse Brooklyn, where she went to a party at Sting’s house and politely used his toilet.

She has sitcoms in development with Radio 4, BBC3 and Hartswood Films and the screenplay version of her musical Gutted with an independent film producer. She is part of the current writing teams for Horrible Histories and Danger Mouse, and regularly performs stand-up in London and around the UK.

If that’s not enough you can now download the 6th series of  the Sony Award winning podcast Do The Right Thing which Danielle hosts (and writes and invented).  A pilot of the much loved podcast was taped in November 2016 with Claudia Winkleman as host alongside Danielle, Michael and Margaret as regulars.