Andrew Maxwell

Andrew Maxwell

Dublin-born stand-up who was named comics' comic in the 2005 Chortle awards (where he was also nominated for best headliner). In 2007 he was nominated for the if.comedy award for the best show at the Edinburgh Fringe.
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Radio 4's answer to John Oliver?

Andrew Maxwell pilots in-depth satire show

Andrew Maxwell has landed a late-night, topical news pilot for Radio 4.

Late Agenda is described as being ‘for fans of The Daily Show and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’, and pledges to dig deep into the week’s big talking points.

A self-declared ‘news junkie’, the Irishman will perform stand-up on breaking stories alongside longer, more considered, magazine-style pieces.

The satirical show will record in front of a live audience at the BBC Radio Theatre on March 20 and air the following night at 11.30pm.

Maxwell said: ‘I’m delighted to be back on the airwaves, spouting my opinions and spreading my world view on Radio 4 – the station that saved my mind from melting in many a motorway traffic jam.’

A regular on The News Quiz, Maxwell has previously hosted the show Public Enemies on Radio 4, in which he explored such slow news ‘bugbears’ as the food industry, drugs trade, internet and nationalists.

Late Agenda’s producer is Sam Bryant, whose credits include The News Quiz and Mark Steel’s in Town.

- by Jay Richardson

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Published: 23 Feb 2016

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