Friday
Mar102017

Blog 96

Hi everybody I'm doing five nights work in progress at the Museum of Comedy 23rd, 24th, 30th, 31st March and 1st April.  Come along!

The Undercroft,

St Georges Church,

Bloomsbury Way,

London, WC1A 2SR

 

Blog 96a

Since you ask.  I have never needed to do previews before.  In the 80s I would simply slip new bits into my show until over time it was pretty much a new 90 minutes.  (With a few all time "classics"). When I returned in 2012/2013 about half of the material had been worked in in the 15 or so years I'd been doing book readings so again I didn't need previews, although I did do a low key tour before going into Soho Theatre.  This is the first time ever I've done a more or less 100% new show, hence the Museum of Comedy which I have to say is a lovely little venue (thanks Josh Howie for the suggestion).  Also I must say the response has been phenomenal and I guess I will be moving to bigger venues in time.

Saturday
Feb182017

Blog 95

No you can't vote me anymore at the 2017 comedy Awards which was won by the Now Show amazingly!   But you can vote for Sandwich Bar for Best Radio Comedy at the Chortle Awards.  Yay!  

C'mon I want an award.

http://www.chortle.co.uk/news/2017/02/15/26884/vote_in_the_2017_chortle_awards

Tuesday
Jan172017

Blog 94

Happy new year everybody!  Great news! Sandwich bar has been nominated for best entertainment radio show in the British Comedy Awards so if you feel like voting for me please do.  I’d like an award, I didn't use to like them but I do now, I haven't won one for years and anything would do.

https://www.comedy.co.uk/awards/2016/

Blog 94a

Somebody asked about an old column I wrote concerning railway station trollies.  I do remember it vaguely, I think it was prompted by me finding a luggage trolley from the Gare Du Nord in Paris at the top of my street.  I'd be happy to make it available but unfortunately though I do still have all my old columns on my computer they were written in such an ancient version of apple works that I can no longer open them.   I am convinced though that they contain tons of brilliant material that I could use again if only I was able to access these files.

 

Blog 94b

Good news!  Our code breakers have found a way to unlock all those old files with my ancient columns in them and there is definitely some good, if out of date material in there, so expect the second series of Sandwich Bar to contain a lot of jokes about Roy Hattersley and The Rover 800.

 

Blog 94c

Bad news!  The columns I had decoded were all from 1996 and I had mined them comprehensively for material when I did my TV show merrygoround so no good stuff there.  And I still haven't found that column about trollies but the search goes on.

Sunday
Oct232016

Blog 93

Just to let you all know Radio 4 have moved the transmission of "Sandwich Bar" back a couple of weeks so it will now begin on Tuesday the 15 of November but excitingly a second series is already in the works for all you fans of non-existent sandwiches and imaginary rolls.

And yes thanks for reminding me, I didn't know my edition of "Stars and Cars" is going out this week.  It'll be interesting to see how much of the Landrover stuff they use, when I turned up at the rural location I saw the producers had ordered up an ambulance and paramedics to be standing by and it turned out they were very nearly needed!

 

BLOG 93a

I saw one of those old "Comedy Roots"  things about the Pythons on London Live last night.  The quality of the video tape used for the interviews makes it look like it was shot about a hundred years ago and most of the contributors labelled "comedian" you have never heard of but as somebody mentioned for some reason I am there.  I have no idea when I shot those interviews or for what purpose but what struck me is that I am being the most unbelievable ponce! Speaking in a slow affected manner, making bizarre hand gestures and slumped in my seat in a way that is frankly insulting to whoever was interviewing me.  I said to Linda  "If I saw that I would have thought 'what a terrible git that bloke is'."  And she replied.  "A lot of people did think that..."

 

Whoever asked what political party I support.  I do honestly think that its important that as a political comedian you do not give support to any one party as you have to be free to criticise everyone.  On the other hand I think with the election of Jeremy Corbyn there is an epochal moment to make a fundamental change in the way politics is done in this country and I get very impatient with any of my friend who don't get on board with that idea.  A lot seem to be looking for ways to dismiss him and what he represents, either swallowing that he was somehow responsible for brexit crap or the anti-semitism bollocks.

Wednesday
Sep072016

Blog 92

Hi Jay.  Yes do go ahead and upload "Cak" and "Fish People".  Maybe people could give a donation to Medical Aid To Palestine or St Mungos if they do, perhaps suggest that.


“Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary Sandwich Bar” will go out every Wednesday in November on radio 4 starting on the 1st.  I think it wiIl be in the 11 p.m.slot though Producer Joe said he was sure he could do an edit and it might transmit at 6.30 as well or maybe that will be later.  Still it was great making the show and I do feel that we created something really special there, its nice to hear from those who were in the audience that they felt the same.  Those Saturdays at BH felt like truly special nights.


And yes I am in Australia.    Finished recording on the 27th, then flew to Melbourne for the Writer’s Festival on the 29th of August.   Then on to Sydney for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas followed by Brisbane Writers Festival where I am now.  Though sadly neither Linda or Wilf are with me.


It was an astonishing experience to fill the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, though I was feeling slightly trippy because I’d got up at 4.30 a.m. to fly from Melbourne that morning and Quantas had temporarily lost my luggage so I couldn’t do all my magic stuff because the tricks were in the bag along with the re-creation of the battle of the River Plate for similar reasons.


Actually I was saying to my PR in the car from Sydney Airport that I couldn’t do my magic because the rabbit was in the lost luggage and about ten minutes later the driver asked in a nervous voice “It’s not alive is it your rabbit?” I replied that no the rabbit was not alive, the doves were but they were flying to Sydney under their own steam.

Oh and Linda said I was trending in Australia on Twitter the day after the Opera House event though quite a few people got worried because they thought I was dead and that's why I was trending.