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.


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]


  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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