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Andy Zaltzman

Andy has firmly established himself in the vanguard of British stand-up with his unique brand of political comedy.

Andy Zaltzman

In 2007 Andy performed an award winning Melbourne Festival debut, winning the Piece of Wood Award as the comedian's comedian; and took both new solo show and a sell-out Political Animal run to the Edinburgh Festival.

Alongside long term writing partner John Oliver, Andy has co-written and hosted the BBC Radio 4 show Political Animal; based on their satirical live stand up show, a second series is due for broadcast in 2008.

Andy has co-written and starred in three series of BBC Radio 4's satirical show, The Department with John Oliver and Chris Addison and has written for several series of Bremner, Bird & Fortune on Channel 4.

Following Edinburgh 2007, Andy began working with John Oliver on The Bugle; an ongoing series of satirical news podcasts, in association with The Times newspaper. Written and performed weekly by Andy and John, and available to download on iTunes, The Bugle was named as one of iTunes podcasts of the year 2007. It remains a firm fixture at the top of the iTunes chart.

In February 2008 Andy flew out to New York to perform on John Oliver's one hour Comedy Central stand up special Terrifying Times, for which he also wrote.

In November 2008 his first book, entitled Does Anything Eat Bankers?: And 53 Other Indispensable Questions for the Credit Crunched, was published.

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