Andy Zaltzman

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Andy has firmly established himself in the vanguard of British comedy with his unique brand of political satire. He can currently be seen touring his show Satirist For Hire around the country, and at his monthly show at the Soho Theatre, in which he takes audience suggestions for topics to satirise during the show.

In a corporate setting, Andy is a fantastic choice for hosting awards and after dinner stand up comedy, especially for audiences that may have been used to having political figures speak in the past. Cricket dinners are, of course, also a great fit for Andy.

Andy also hosts and curates the sell-out show Political Animal, which he conceived and originally co-hosted alongside John Oliver. Over the years, the show has had an impressive list of guests including Frankie Boyle, Daniel Kitson, Stewart Lee, Jeremy Hardy, Chris Addison, Russell Howard, and Richard Herring. Since his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2001 in which he was nominated for Best Newcomer, Andy has returned to the festival 11 times, going on to tour in India and Australia.

Andy and John Oliver co-write and present the satirical podcast The Bugle, one of iTunes’s biggest ever comedy podcasts. Since The Bugle’s inception in 2007 it has gained a worldwide fan-base – including a prominent US audience. It has aired over 170 episodes and averages 2 million downloads a month. With thousands of 5-star reviews on iTunes, it has been described as “a roaring success” by The Independent.  The podcast returns with new episodes in 2016.

Andy is a regular on Al Murray’s 7 Day Saturday/Sunday for Radio 5, appearing on upwards of 70 episodes. On BBC Radio 4, he has written and hosted Andy Zaltzman’s History of the Third Millennium, Series 1 of 100, co-wrote three series of their satirical sitcom The Department, and presented three series of his show Political Animal. He has made regular appearances on topical panel quiz show The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4) and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), was featured on The Games Celebrations (Absolute Radio), and guest co-presented on The Dave Gorman Show (Absolute Radio).

In addition to a keen interest in politics, Andy is an avid fan of sport and has hosted YesIt’s The Ashes for BBC Radio 5Live. He has also appeared on sporting punditry show Fighting Talk. Following the success of his appearance on Sky’s Cricket’s Funniest Moments, he returns in the forthcoming show Rugby’s Funniest Moments. He also regularly writes international sports channel ESPN’s online cricket blog Cricinfo and hosts CricInfo: Andy Zaltzman’s World Cricket Podcast.

Andy’s numerous and diverse TV appearances include Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Two), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), Newsnight (BBC Two), Sky NewsDaily Politics (BBC Two), CNNThe Late and Live Guide to Comedy (BBC2), The Politics Show (BBC1) and BBC News. In the US, he has appeared on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show for Comedy Central.

His first book – a satirical take on the ‘credit crunch’ entitled Does Anything Eat Bankers? – was published in November 2008 by Old Street Publishing.

“We had a fantastic day and Andy was the cherry on top! People were in stitches, I have no idea how his brain works like that but the very unique ability to mix cricket and comedy was just exceptional!” Cricketing Dinner