What’s On Stage Nominee 2014 (As part of the cast of Julius Caesar)*
Sony Award Winner 2012
Chortle Award Nominee 2012
Chortle Award Nominee 2008
Time Out Award Winner 2006
BBC New Comedy Award Runner-up 2004
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 performing on long forgotten late night Radio 1 sketch show ‘The Milk Run’ .
In 2006 she won the Time Out Best Newcomer award and was given the prestigious BBC Radio Writers Bursary. Danielle took a break from stand up to concentrate on writing, though she did go on tour with Robin Ince’s Book Club where she pretended to be Andy McNab, Adam Ant, David Bowie or Heather Mills.
Danielle has written for The News Quiz, Mongrels, The Lee Mack Show, Not Going Out, The Day the Music Died and Look Away Now among numerous 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.
After two years off the circuit writing insane musicals, a couple of TV pilots and a whole single joke for Harry Hill’s TV Burp, Danielle made a much anticipated returned to stand-up taking two critically acclaimed solo shows to the Edinburgh Festival, appearing on Mock the Week, Newswipe with Charlie Brooker, things that are only on digital telly after midnight, NBC’s Last Comic Standing (in America) and is now a regular panelist on Radio 4’s The News Quiz. She also 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 took another break from stand-up for 18 months 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.
2014 saw Danielle start performing as alter-ego Dani Frankenstein, described as a white, female, East Midlands Kanye West (by herself). After a sell out run at the Edinburgh Fringe 2015 she now performs as D-Frank on the live circuit, but only at gigs where she didn’t get paid. No one needs that kind of pressure.
Danielle 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 has written an episode of Danger Mouse that will air in 2016 as well as being part of the current Horrible Histories writing team.
And if that’s not enough you can now download the fifth series of the Sony Award Winning podcast Do The Right Thing which Danielle hosts (and writes). Series 6 out in early 2016.
*This probably doesn’t count. But hey, a girl has to take it where she can get it.