Andy has firmly established himself in the vanguard of British comedy with his unique brand of political satire.
Andy hosts and curates the live format of Political Animal which had previously been co-written and hosted with fellow comedian John Oliver as a live stand-up show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and later as a BBC Radio 4 broadcast. The shows impressive list of guest appearances includes Frankie Boyle, Daniel Kitson, Stewart Lee, Jeremy Hard, Chris Addison, Russell Howard and Richard Herring and has previously sold out on numerous occasions.
Andy and John also co-write and present the ongoing and widely popular satirical podcast The Bugle. Since The Bugle’s inception in 2007 it has gained a worldwide fan-base – including a prominent US audience – and now averages 500,000 downloads a week.
In addition to a keen interest in politics Andy is an avid fan of sport and has hosted Yes! It’s The Ashes for BBC Radio 5Live. He is also a regular on Radio 5’s 7 Day Sunday with Al Murray and has appeared on sporting punditry show Fighting Talk, as well as regularly writing for international sports channel ESPN’s online cricket blog Cricinfo, as well as hosting CricInfo: Andy Zaltzman’s World Cricket Podcast.
Andy’s numerous and diverse TV appearances include Alternative Comedy Experience (Comedy Central), Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Newsnight (BBC Two), Sky News, stand-up on Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three), Daily Politics (BBC Two), CNN, The Late and Live Guide to Comedy (BBC2), The Politics Show (BBC1) and BBC News.
As a writer Andy regularly collaborates with Rory Bremner on a number of his television and radio projects and helped write several series of Bremner, Bird & Fortune (Channel 4). He has written and hosted Andy Zaltzman’s History of the Third Millennium, Series 1 of 100 and has made regular appearances on topical panel quiz show The News Quiz and The Now Show for BBC Radio 4. He co-wrote three series of the same station’s satirical sitcom, The Department. On Absolute Radio, Andy co-hosted two Alternative Euro 2012 Commentaries, featured on Johnny Vaughan’s The Games Celebrations and was also a guest co-presenter on The Dave Gorman Show.
Additionally, his first book – a satirical take on the ‘credit crunch’ – entitled Does Anything Eat Bankers? was published in November 2008 by Old Street Publishing.
Since being nominated for the Perrier Best Newcomer Award in 2001 Andy has been a regular at the Edinburgh Festival. In 2007 he performed an award-winning Melbourne Festival debut, winning the Piece of Wood Award as the comedian’s comedian. He can currently be found touring his latest stand up show, Satirist For Hire, which will soon be available on DVD.
”The best political comedian in the business, Zaltzman lets loose a veritable torrent of jokes, facts, observations, very short stories, silly remarks and inspired asides… Zaltzman is breathtakingly good.”
“Probably one of the finest satirical comedians this country’s ever produced.”
Visit Andy’s website: www.satiristforhire.com
Follow Andy on Twitter: @ZaltzCricket