Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, broadcaster and author, who has firmly established himself in the vanguard of British comedy with his unique brand of political satire.
He is the writer and presenter of 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. The podcast averages 1 million downloads a month. With thousands of 5-star reviews on iTunes, it has been described as “a roaring success” by The Independent. Initially co-written and presented with John Oliver (host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight), the podcast has now been relaunched with Andy joined by a revolving group of regular co-hosts including Alice Fraser, Hari Kondabolu, Nish Kumar, Wyatt Cenac and Helen Zaltzman.
Andy made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2001, when he was nominated for Best Newcomer, and is now a Fringe regular. Since its debut in Edinburgh in 2013, Andy has regularly performed his hit live show Satirist For Hire, where each night he satirises topics sent in by the audience. He has toured the show all over the world, including the US, India and Australia.
Previously, Andy and John Oliver hosted and curated the sell-out show Political Animal. 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.
His numerous and diverse TV appearances include Unspun with Matt Forde (Dave), Celebrity Mastermind (BBC1), John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Central), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three), The Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), Newsnight (BBC Two), Sky News, Daily Politics (BBC Two), CNN, The Late and Live Guide to Comedy (BBC2), The Politics Show (BBC1) and BBC News.
Andy wrote and hosted the three-part BBC Radio 4 series My Life As A… where he explores the teachings of three ancient schools of philosophy. He also wrote and hosted Andy Zaltzman’s History of the Third Millennium, Series 1 of 100 and The Department, which he hosted with John Oliver. He makes regular appearances on topical panel quiz show The News Quiz (BBC Radio 4) and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).
In addition to his comedy work, Andy is well known as the BBC’s cricket statistician. Along with being the statistician for BBC’s Test Match Special, he also commentated on the BBC’s coverage of the World Cup. In addition to covering cricket for the BBC, Andy has covered the sport for The Guardian and writes a regular cricket blog for ESPN entitled CricInfo and hosted CricInfo: Andy Zaltzman’s World Cricket Podcast. He has co-hosted two series of ABC’s Urnbelievable podcast with Felicity Ward covering the Ashes. Andy hosted Yes! It’s The Ashes for BBC Radio 5Live and has appeared on sporting punditry show Fighting Talk. He has appeared in Sky’s Cricket’s Funniest Moments and Rugby’s Funniest Moments.
“Political comedy at its best”
The Sunday Times
“Zaltzman has the kind of whip-smart, sophisticated brain that makes Stephen Fry seem dim.”
The Evening Standard
“Topical satire that manages to be both thought-provoking and uproariously funny”
“Fiendishly sharp satirist”
“Probably one of the finest satirical comedians this country’s ever produced.”
Visit Andy’s website: www.satiristforhire.com
Follow Andy on Twitter: @ZaltzCricket