Meet Andrew Zaltzman, the almost-cricketer who makes you laugh

Stressed out after a tough week at work? Time to tickle those funny bones! Stand-up comedian Andy Zaltzman is in Mumbai thisweek to entertain audiences with his deep, brash and satirical humour in a show Cricket Vs the World at the Canvas Laugh Factory. And yes, nothing is untouchable as he pokes fun at everything from sports to politics.

“My performance is dedicated to cricket-crazy Mumbaiites. The show will be a combination of cricket and global politics. We basically debate issues such as whether an asteroid strike would upset Mumbaiites more or the destruction of a cricket ground,” says Zaltzman.

Cricket and politics, says the comedian, are interlinked like never before. “Corruption has spread its wings everywhere -- be it politics or cricket. Fans get disheartened when a game is sullied by corruption and dishonesty. I dig really deep into these scandals and get seriously funny,” he laughs.

Predictably Zaltzman is an avid cricket follower and also a born comedian. “I started performing while I was a student. But after one particular disastrous gig I gave up on comedy. It was only in 1999 that my future wife persuaded me to take it up seriously again. And since then it has been a fantastic journey,” explains the 39-year-old comedian.

Zaltzman is excited about his performance in India. According to him stand-up comedy is still a novelty in India compared to Britain. “The stand-up scene is much newer in India than that in Britain. The comedians I met last year in India were full of energy, enthusiasm and ideas. I find the Mumbai audiences particularly receptive, and open to different types of humour,” says Zaltzman.

 “I would like to do more stand-up in India. I also have a goal of playing test cricket for England although the selectors seem prejudiced against me because I am nearly 40, and they feel I am not good at cricket,” he concludes jovially.

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