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Plumbing Politics and the Crazy State of the World for Comedy with Andy Zaltzman

Andy Zaltzman is best known in the States as half of the excellent satirical podcast The Bugle, which he co-hosts with long-time collaborator John Oliver. A lover of all things satire, he's hosted his "Political Animal" show for years, and his new show, "Satirist for Hire", adds a twist to the format. For each show, audience members request topics for him to satirize with his sharp, pun-loving wit; topics range from war and government policy to sports and fashion trends. I caught up with him at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to talk about audience suggestions and why The Bugle will last forever.

You’ve been coming up to the Fringe for 15 years. What’s the [...]

A Look Back At John Oliver's Pre-'Daily Show' Work

John Oliver has been killing it as the guest host of The Daily Show this summer. He’s tackled major intelligence scandals, game-changing legal decisions, and untimely power outages so perfectly that it’s hard to believe this isn’t his full time job (…yet). Undoubtedly, part of the reason he’s such a natural is his length of time with the show – he joined the cast of The Daily Show in July 2006, and the writing staff the following year. He’s now beloved in the US, hosting his own Comedy Central standup show, recurring on Community, and co-hosting the excellent satirical podcast The Bugle. But when he crossed [...]

Tompkins Does Many Characters, Lizz Winstead Visits 'The Dork Forest', and More

The Comedy Awards aired last weekend and with that came the announcement of the winner of Best Comedy Podcast. The nominees were WTF, How Was Your Week, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Sklarbro Country, The Nerdist – a hell of a list, if I ever seen one (and, trust me, I've seen lists). You know your art form has really made it, when a 2-year-old award show tapes someone on the red carpet reading the winner to be posted online. Making it even better is when that red carpet someone uses half of his time to belittle the whole thing (thx Col Q). And who picked those clips? Marc Maron [...]

The Bugle Takes On News Corp….From Inside News Corp.

During the closing of The News Of The World, The Bugle podcast somehow managed to rip on the beast from inside the belly of that same specific beast. Published by the Times of London, a part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., the news satire podcast run by Andy Zaltzman, John Oliver and editor Chris Skinner went to town over the folding paper, which they noted “would not be missed at all" and the subsequent hacking scandal. “It was comedian’s gold, but an editor’s nightmare,” Skinner recalls. After an episode spent gloating over Murdoch getting hit with a shaving cream pie, a disbelieving John Oliver wondered, “Should this [...]

Inside John Oliver's Other Weekly Satirical News Show, 'The Bugle'

John Oliver's new late night show, Last Week Tonight, premiered yesterday on HBO. It’s obviously a big step for the British expat, formerly of The Daily Show, but in practice, it might not be as big of a challenge for Oliver than you might think. That’s because, on top of being a correspondent for The Daily Show, he’s already been doing a weekly satirical news roundup for nearly seven years now on his podcast, The Bugle.

The Bugle is one of the longest-running and most consistently hilarious podcasts on the internet. Launched in 2007 under the auspices of Rupert Murdoch’s London newspaper The Times, it’s a delightfully cheery review of the [...]

'Comedy Bang Bang,' 'The Bugle,' 'Who Charted?' and More in This Week in Comedy Podcasts

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy.  Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

Who Charted? #102 – Todd Glass

ROGER: Todd Glass tends to take [...]

This Week in Comedy Podcasts

Last week the AV Club asked, “Are we nearing comedy podcast overload?” To which the writer not surprisingly asserted we were. I both entirely agree and totally disagree. Sure, there are more well-produced comedy podcasts than one would ever have imagined. The fact that there are many sustainable podcast networks (Earwolf, Nerdist, ACE, etc.) is particularly astounding. There is no shortage of good podcasts but there is a shortage of great podcasts. Just like television or movies or whatever, there is plenty of worthy content out there but the amount that is transcendent is always lacking. The same podcast overabundance argument could have been made six months ago [...]

A Fairly Comprehensive Guide to Comedy Podcasts: The Bugle

It was clear in reading through the comments section of the first Guide to Comedy Podcasts that I had inadvertently ignored a lot of tenderly beloved examples of the format. In an effort to rectify the oversight, I’m now taking a weekly look at which of these are worth your valuable time and which ones are ruining it for everybody. This week’s featured podcast is The Bugle.

The conceit of The Bugle is laid out right in the tagline: “An audio newspaper for a visual world.” Basically it’s the podcast equivalent of The Daily Show and The Onion, but British, and with a little Monty Python-style absurdity thrown [...]

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Paul F. Tompkins, John Oliver, and More

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

The Bugle #243

MARC: I’ve been enjoying John [...]

Tig Notaro is All Over the Place in This Week's Podcasts

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy.  Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

BRADFORD: A Bit of Chat with Ken Plume #200 – Andy [...]

This Week in Comedy Podcasts

This space is usually reserved for some A-Class shoehorning of a current event into the world of podcasts. Instead, I wanted to earnestly state how great a week it was for the medium. There were some remarkably funny episodes, four appearances by Paul F. Tompkins, and an episode of WTF that will go down as one of the most affecting episodes of anything, across any medium, of 2012. Sometimes it’s difficult in a given week to find five particularly noteworthy shows, while this week there were enough to fill three columns. Podcasting is a volatile medium and that is why its fans are so attracted to it—at any moment [...]