Political Animal (radio show)

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Political Animal is a performance and radio show created by British comedians John Oliver and Andy Zaltzman in which various stand-up comedians perform political material.

Political Animal began at the 2004 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has returned every year since, it was initially co-hosted by Zaltzman and Oliver but since 2006 hosted by Zaltzman alone except for some of the 2011 fringe where Oliver returned. In 2007 Political Animal also became a radio series on BBC Radio 4. It returned for a second series in 2008, running for 10 episodes.[1] The series took the form of a stand-up show, with Zaltzman and Oliver performing in between the acts they introduced.[2]

Previous guests have included Frankie Boyle, Daniel Kitson, Stewart Lee, Richard Herring, Jeremy Hardy, Marcus Brigstocke, Robert Newman, Chris Addison, Russell Howard and Russell Brand.

Controversy[edit]

In 2010, BBC apologised for Frankie Boyle's joke in which comedian compared Palestine to a cake being 'punched to pieces by a very angry Jew'.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Political Animal - Radio 4 Sketch Show - British Comedy Guide". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2018-06-26. 
  2. ^ BBC. "BBC Radio 4 - Political Animal". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-06-26. 
  3. ^ Jones, Sam (30 Apr 2010). "Frankie Boyle criticises 'cowardly' BBC for Israel joke apology". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 May 2018. 

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