“outright hilarious… beautifully formed.”
Dominic Maxwell, The Times ★★★★

“Andy Zaltzman has revitalised the News Quiz… fizzes with a vitality and sense of fun that’s rare in such topical comedy warhorses.”
Steve Bennett, Chortle

“The Bugle: Silliness and laughter…Zaltzman is a sharp writer and an excellent satirist who combines political observation with daft whimsy.”
Fiona Sturges, Financial Times

Andy Zaltzman, chair of The News Quiz, host of the global hit satirical podcast The Bugle, Test Match Special statistician and just-reported future Taskmaster Series 18 star, is set to embark on his biggest UK tour to date with a brand-new show, The Zaltgeist. The 46-date UK & IRE tour will start in November 2024 and run to April 2025, including dates in Cardiff, Salford, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Belfast and London.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on Friday 7th June. Full dates and tickets available at www.andyzaltzman.co.uk

With the 3rd millennium almost 2.5% complete, The Zaltgeist sees one of the UK’s leading satirical comedians assess the state of Planet Earth and its most famous and controversial species – the human race. Andy will attempt to concoct vaguely plausible answers to perennial questions such as What?, Who?, Where?, and above all Why?  He will also try to harness the unharnessable power of technology to find solutions for the world’s various problems and ailments, as requested by the audiences at each show.

A regular presence on BBC Radio 4 over the last two decades, Andy became host of The News Quiz in 2020.  He has brought his inventive brand of satirical comedy to Radio 4’s long-running flagship topical comedy show, earning the show multiple awards, critical acclaim and a growing listenership in “an unheralded revolution” (Chortle).

Andy is also unquestionably amongst the very best of the one-person list of Satirical Stand-Up Comedians Who Are Also Professional Cricket Statisticians.  Since 2016, he has been a key member of the Test Match Special team, adding his distinctive blend of knowledge, expertise, humour and numerical inquisitiveness to the BBC’s legendary cricket broadcast.

Andy has hosted The Bugle, one of the world’s longest-running and best-loved comedy podcasts, since 2007. Renowned for its unique cocktail of up-to-the-minute global satire and premium-grade hogwash, and listened to by hundreds of thousands around the world, The Bugle recently passed the 600-episode mark, and has clocked up around 100 million total downloads. Andy co-hosted with John Oliver for the show’s 293-episode, eight-year first season, since when a selection of guest co-hosts from around the world – including Nish Kumar, Alice Fraser, Hari Kondabolu, David O’Doherty, Aditi Mittal and Mark Steel – have entertained The Bugle’s worldwide audience. Andy took The Bugle Live show on a successful 12-date American tour in 2019, which followed sell-out performances in the UK, Australia and Ireland. In 2022, Andy toured The Bugle to sold-out crowds across the UK to celebrate the podcast’s 15-year anniversary. This year will also see Andy host a Bugle Live Election Special show at London’s Bloomsbury Theatre on 23rd  June.

Due to appear on the latest series of Taskmaster (Channel 4) later this year, elsewhere Andy’s extensive TV, radio and podcast appearances include  Unspun with Matt Forde (Dave), Pointless Celebrities (BBC), 8 Out Of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC), Politics Live (BBC), WTF with Marc MaronJohn Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show (Comedy Central), The Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), The Weekly with Charlie Pickering (ABC), 7 Day Sunday (BBC Radio 5 Live), and The Now Show (BBC Radio 4).  Alongside Anuvab Pal, he wrote and presented the BBC Radio 4 shows Empire-ical Evidence and Future Empire-fect, which addressed Britain’s past and future relationship with India. In 2017, he presented My Life As… also on BBC Radio 4, in which he explored ancient philosophies such as Stoicism and Epicureanism.

Andy’s live stand-up has drawn audiences and critical acclaim around the UK and the world. He has toured extensively in the UK and Ireland, as well as in North America, India, New Zealand and Australia, where he has appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He is also one of the few British comedians to have performed stand-up in Bangladesh. Andy has also been a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe throughout the millennium, building his reputation as one of the most inventive satirists in the world, and his annual Certifiable History review-of-the-year shows at the Soho Theatre were a fixture in the satirical calendar in the late 2010s.

In 2008 his book about the Credit Crunch, Does Anything Eat Bankers?, was published by Old Street Publishing. He has also written for ESPNcricinfo, The TimesThe i, and The Guardian.

“Setting the world to rights, one joke at a time… a laugh-packed hour”
Veronica Lee, The Arts Desk ★★★★

“Political satire at its most enjoyable”
Dominic Maxwell, The Times ★★★★ 

“much more than clever, dextrous wordplay… An evening of wit and wisdom, profanity and profundity”
Bruce Blacklaw, The Scotsman ★★★★ 

“Probably the best satirical comic we’ve produced in the last two decades. Intelligent, biting and silly”
Ben Williams, Time Out London

“Political comedy at its best”
Stephen Armstrong, Sunday Times 

Fiendishly sharp satirist”
Bruce Dessau, Evening Standard

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