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 – one of only five women to hold it in its 30 year history. 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 me). After a ridiculously successful short run at the Free Fringe in Edinburgh she started performing 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 just finished recording the fourth series of her Radio 4 panel show ‘Dilemma’ which she created and writes. It will air in April 2015 in the sexy old duffers Monday 6.30pm slot (with a repeat on Sunday lunchtimes). Danielle is also currently writing for an exciting CBBC show that’s out in 2015, and has several projects in development including a horror film, two sitcoms and a sci-fi drama series. No wonder she always looks a bit tired.
And if that’s not enough you can now download the fourth series of the Sony Award Winning podcast Do The Right Thing which Danielle hosts (and writes). Fifth series out in 2015 – hopefully – if Ben Walker ever gets round to editing it.
*This probably doesn’t count. But hey, a girl has to take it where she can get it.