Andy Zaltzman Swears to Tell the Truth, Half the Truth, and Everything But the Truth (3 stars)

Slightly patchy, highly politicized stand-up

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This article is from 2010.

Andy Zaltzman Swears to Tell the Truth, Half the Truth, and Everything But the Truth

‘I’m sorry folks, this second half’s been a bit ropey.’ Whatever else you say about Andy Zaltzman, you can say this: the man tells the truth. He’s suffering with a debilitating cold and a show that’s still in need of some serious polishing; after a really strong first half hour, things become a bit scattershot.

This would make for a truly awful watch-checking experience were it not for Zaltzman’s frankness about the situation. ‘I’ve got about five endings, and none of them have worked so far,’ he says, brazenly pulling out cue cards and seeing how he wants to tackle closing this particular show. ‘Umm… Oh, I missed a bit out, a really good bit. Alright, cast your minds back ten minutes…’ In that moment, he gets us on side: he’s just a guy, trying to do his job even though he’d rather be at home with a duvet and some Lemsip, and his candour and honesty (in spite of the show’s title) mean the whole crowd is cheering with him when he triumphantly leaves the stage.

The Stand III, 558 7272, until Sun 29 Aug (not 16), 4.10pm, £9 (£8)

This article is from 2010.

Andy Zaltzman Swears to Tell the Truth, Half the Truth, and Everything But the Truth

  • 3 stars

The star of 'The Bugle' podcast, Radio 4’s 'Andy Zaltzman’s History Of The Third Millennium' and (sporadically) 'The Now Show', and 'Yes, It’s The Ashes' (5Live), returns to Edinburgh under oath, and on a mission. 'How much truth about the world can a 21st-century human being healthily stomach?' he wonders. 'Don’t know,…

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