Andy Zaltzman Denotes 70 Minutes of Unbridled Afternoon - SkinnyFest 2

Zaltzman's observations are well crafted and excellently considered, a thoughtfully scripted show for those who don't mind their comedy with a political slant.

Article by Xavier Toby | 14 Aug 2006
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Humour that is thick, fast and intellectual, Andy Zaltzman's observations are well crafted and excellently considered. This is a thoughtfully scripted show for those who don't mind their comedy with a political slant, and the polar opposite of many of the popular comics who rant, rave and scream obscenities. Sometimes Zaltzman's superbly observed comedy is even too subtle, and many punch-lines slip past a crowd that only appear to warm to his style towards the end of the show. His delivery is not overly animated, either. To create more interest his jokes could have been better 'sold' to the audience, but then this is missing the point of this type of comedy. With material so intelligent and intricate, the wonder is in the words themselves. Zaltzman's language is so well crafted doesn't need need trimmings. Without ever sounding preachy he points out blatant inconsistencies on topics such as war and terrorism, the kind so ingrained to our everyday experience of the world that we no longer notice them. At the same time he often takes flights off into the ridiculous and absurd, always returning to a brilliant punchline. Andy Zaltman deserves your full attention. (Xavier Toby)

Andy Zaltzman Denotes 70 Minutes of Unbridled Afternoon, The Stand, Until August 28, 14.50, £8/£7