“Political satire at its most enjoyable”
“The best political comedian in the business… Zaltzman is breathtakingly good”
Following a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe and his second US tour earlier this year, critically acclaimed satirist and host of international hit podcast The Bugle Andy Zaltzman will head out on his latest nationwide tour from February, following a run at London’s Soho Theatre from 18th December to 6th January.
The Soho shows will see Andy performing his end-of-year review show 2017: The Certifiable History, satirising the year’s most major, minor and made-up news stories, as he attempts to find the funny side of one of the least amusing news environments in living memory. Andy will then perform at venues across the country with his interactive stand-up show Satirist for Hire, following previous critically acclaimed performances of the show on tour in the UK and US, and at the Edinburgh Fringe. The show invites audience members to submit topics in advance for bespoke satirical takedowns, ranging from national and international politics, via local gripes, to petty personal grudges, encompassing news, history, economics, sports and whatever else happens to be grinding the gears of Andy’s audience.
From its inception in 2007 until 2016, Andy wrote and presented The Bugle with his long-term collaborator John Oliver (host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight). Andy relaunched the podcast in October 2016 as part of the Radiotopia network, where it resides alongside 99% Invisible, Criminal, The Allusionist, and many other leading podcasts. Since its relaunch, Andy has been joined by an evolving group of co-hosts from around the world including Tom Ballard, Alice Fraser, Hari Kondabolu, Nish Kumar, Al Murray, Anuvab Pal, and Andy’s multi-award-winning sister Helen Zaltzman (host of The Allusionist). During its decade-long existence The Bugle has achieved a huge global fanbase, regularly appearing in the iTunes Chart Top Ten, and totalling over 70 million downloads across more than 300 episodes. Since the relaunch, it has regularly achieved over 250,000 downloads a week, totalling more than 12 million a year.
Andy is a regular correspondent on Unspun with Matt Forde (Dave), and his extensive TV and radio credits also include Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three), and The Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central). He has recently written and presented BBC Radio 4’s My Life as a…, made regular appearances on The Now Show (BBC Radio 4), and was a core member of the team on 7 Day Sunday/Saturday (BBC Radio 5 Live) throughout its existence. He has also performed stand-up around the world, with appearances at the Melbourne, Sydney and New Zealand Comedy Festivals, as well as tours of the USA and India. Internationally, he has also performed on John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Central), as well as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s flagship satirical shows The Weekly and The Great Debate.
Also regarded as one of the funniest and most distinctive voices in the cricket media, Andy’s writings include a major article in the most recent Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. He has contributed blogs, podcasts and videos to ESPNcricinfo since 2008, and in 2016 joined the BBC’s Test Match Special commentary team as an expert statistician. He has also hosted Andy Zaltzman’s Summer of Sport, a non-football sports comedy podcast for The Guardian.