English comedy writer, journalist, radio DJ and screenwriter who has worked for a wide range of publications and broadcasters including NME, LWT, the BBC and Talk Radio.
Danny Baker left school in 1972 at the age of 14 and initially worked in One Stop Records, a small but fashionable record shop in South Molton Street in London’s West End.
In 1977 he started writing for the punk fanzine Sniffin’ Glue which was founded by his old schoolfriend Mark Perry. He then began working as an office receptionist for NME, but was soon contributing regular articles, reviews and interviews. He often refers to these times during his radio shows, regularly citing examples of the ridiculous behaviour exhibited by his rock star interviewees.
Baker started his TV career in 1980 at London Weekend Television (LWT), as the presenter of Twentieth Century Box – a series of regional documentaries on elements of youth culture in London, produced by Janet Street Porter.
Baker’s first mainstream break was as roving reporter-presenter on The Six O’Clock Show alongside former Mastermind winner and former London black cab driver Fred Housego.
He began writing for television programmes in 1992 after being asked to prepare a piece for one of the first clip shows: TV Hell, which was a collection of the worst TV programmes ever. Since then he has presented television shows such as Win, Lose, or Draw, Pets Win Prizes and TV Heroes.
Danny later took his likeable persona and presenting talent to advertising, starring in TV commercials for Daz washing powder and Mars bar confectionery. During this period he began presenting on BBC Radio 5’s 6-0-6 football related phone-in programme as well as the job of presenting Match of the Eighties, a six-part BBC series of football during the 1980/81 and 1985/86 seasons.
Baker was a writer on Chris Evans’ TFI Friday show, as well as contributing material for presenters such as Angus Deayton and Jonathan Ross.
In 2007 Danny Baker launched the All Day Breakfast Show, a podcast to reach listeners beyond BBC London’s FM radio reach. Regulars Amy Lamé, Baylen Leonard and David Kuo all contributed and the first show featured an appearance by comedian and actor Peter Kay.
In 2009, he released a book co-written with Danny Kelly entitled Classic Football Debates Settled Once and for All, Vol. 1.
His passions range as widely as the USA, progressive rock, Steely Dan, Disney, the Marx Brothers and P.G. Wodehouse. Danny Baker has a large collection of vinyl records and a collection of redundant laserdiscs that his family refer to as ‘Baker’s folly’.