“The best political comedy gig out there” Time Out
Host of the global-hit podcast The Bugle, ANDY ZALTZMAN will return to London’s Udderbelly festival to perform three Political Animal election specials with guests later this month. Taking place on 19th April, 5th May (the eve of nationwide elections including the Mayor of London and London Assembly) and on the 21st June, just two days ahead of the EU referendum, these shows will oversee one of the most exciting and potentially catastrophic periods in UK political history. Originally conceived and co-hosted alongside JOHN OLIVER, Political Animal has had an impressive array of previous company including FRANKIE BOYLE, DANIEL KITSON, STEWART LEE, JEREMY HARDY, CHRIS ADDISON, RUSSELL HOWARD and RICHARD HERRING.
In addition to performing Political Animal, ANDY will continue to perform his unique and ever-evolving “deliciously daft and occasionally Pythonesque” (Evening Standard) one-man show Satirist for Hire to a full houses in a monthly residency at the Soho Theatre.
ANDY is known for starring alongside JOHN OLIVER in the topical 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. After a brief hiatus the podcast has recently returned with a new monthly version.
Previously ANDY AND JOHN have co-written and starred in two BBC Radio 4 series, The Department and Political Animal. Separately ANDY has written and starred in his own BBC Radio 4 series Andy Zaltzman’s History Of The Third Millennium (Series 1 of 100) and conceived and hosted Yes! It’s The Ashes for BBC Radio 5Live. He is a regular panelist on 5Live’s 7 Day Sunday (and 7 DaySaturday) and has made a number of guest appearances on TV and radio, including two series of The Alternative Comedy Experience(Comedy Central), The Now Show and The News Quiz(BBC Radio 4), and Bremner, Bird & Fortune (Channel 4), for which he also wrote for several years. ANDY has also appeared on JOHN’s Comedy Central stand-up special Terrifying Times, and performed on John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show.
Known internationally as well in the UK, ANDY performed two sell-out tours in Australia and New Zealand in 2015 which followed a debut tour with Cricket Versus The World in India in 2013 where the ESPNCricinfo writer bowled over audiences in search of an answer to the ultimate question: which is better – cricket, or The World? At Melbourne Festival in 2007, ANDY won the comedians’ comedian Piece Of Wood Award.
ANDY has been a regular at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe since being nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award in 2001, and in 2011 performed his seventh one-man show,Armchair Revolutionary, at The Stand. In 2004 and 2005, ANDY and JOHN performed sell-out Edinburgh Fringe runs as a double act. ANDY will return to the Fringe this August with a new stand-up show, Plan Z.
What The Press Has Said About Andy Zaltzman:
“Zaltzman is breathtakingly good… Probably one of the finest satirical comedians this country’s ever produced.” Time Out
“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” The Telegraph
“Political comedy at its best” Sunday Times
|Satirist For Hire||Monday||18-Apr||Soho Theatre|
|Political Animal||Tuesday||19-Apr||Udderbelly, Southbank|
|Political Animal||Thursday||05-May||Udderbelly, Southbank|
|Satirist For Hire||Monday||09-May||Soho Theatre|
|Satirist For Hire||Monday||13-Jun||Soho Theatre|
|Political Animal||Tuesday||21-Jun||Udderbelly, Southbank|
|Satirist For Hire||Monday||11-Jul||Soho Theatre|