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Hi Mick C.  No I'm not deliberately ignoring the NorthWest its just that this tour was put together quickly just so I could see whether it is still possible for me to do standup and we had to take whatever venues were available and none were in the NW.   But if this works out I will do another tour next year which will be planned more in advance and will take in all parts of the country.

As it is I found myself performing in what looked like a pizza oven in Camberley last night but nevertheless it is all going unnervingly well. I find that the energy when I'm on stage is exactly the same as twenty years ago but what is much harder is the travelling, I find myself fantasising about getting some sort of camper van, perhaps done out as a replica of my bedroom, so that I can sleep while I am transported home. Then it could park outside my house and I could stagger across the pavement in my pyjamas and climb into my real bed.

I haven't listened to my comedy controller yet but I had fun doing it.

 

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Dear SM, I am sorry you didn't enjoy the show in Edinburgh but you have completely misunderstood what I am about.  It is nothing to do with working for the Telegraph but being of the left myself I have always felt greater hatred for those who betray the left such as New Labour than for the right.  If you look at my old material you will see exactly the same thing.

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Great gig tonight in Colchester :-)

October 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark Watson

Thanks for fantastic gig at Colchester last night. Loved the comparison of Stalin and Father Christmas in Lewis's! Good to hear Lewis's getting a shout out.
Applauding numbers now ....... Lol.

Hope the rest of the tour goes well.

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCybarev

never minding applauding numbers, a few years ago on one 'light entertainment' programme they wheeled on a trifle on a hostess troelly, and the audience applauded that!

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark Watson

Loved your stand up last night,saw you many years ago! you still have the audience in your pocket.Nice comment on Ben Elton!

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicki

...Tantalising snippets...!

I'm just about to listen to the Comedy Controller thing. I'm especially looking forward to hearing the ISIRTA stuff (and your opinion of it). I've never heard it before; I've only read transcripts of bits in a Roger Wilmut book.

October 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

ISIRTA (and The Goonshow (and ISIHAC)) were the reason God gave us radio.
Yours sincerely
Angus

October 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngus Prune

I liked 'ISIRTA' but I found The Burkiss Way more enjoyable, generally. And, ironically, I thought it was more like Python.
Are you a fan of Hitchhikers as well, Angus? And Hancock? I feel like I've missed out on all those shows.

It was a good interview with Lenny as well. Is he a National Institution yet?

October 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Excellent night in Kendal, laughed all the way through as did the woman sitting next to me who was slowly tying herself in knots through the night. I was actually crying with laughter at one point (Penguins I think).

The strange thing was that I laughed a whole lot more on the way back aftewards as what you had been saying started to sink in. I wonder if this is the thing with your comedy, you have to think about it for a period to get the full benefit. It seemed that all the lay bys on the A590 were full of people who had pulled over suffering from late onset hysterics.

I'm now getting funny looks in the office as I set here chuckling about penguins

I hope you do another tour next year. I will go through fire and flood to get to a gig

Cheers Man - it's been well worth the wait.

October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris P

We really enjoyed the show in Kendal last night. Thank you!

Hovis ! :))

October 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKJ

Apologies Alexei. I have just accosted you at Glasgow Central and shouted Write More Books. Please forgive my rudeness. Hope you had a good time.

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGari

Was at your Edinburgh show and had been anticipating it for months. It was poor stuff. Disappointing that you reserved your ire for Labour politicians when it is the Tories that are doing major damage to our country here and now. Has taking the Telegraph's shilling turned you?

November 1, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSM

Chris P, I saw AS back in 83 or thereabouts at the Reading Hexagon. and you are quite right, loads of lines would come back to me in random order for months afterwards. Good to know it's still happening.

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMark G

Thanks for the gig in Reading last night. Laughed for an hour solid. Come back soon.....

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Hello Alexei, unconnected and random but my blog this week about The Weeping Women Hotel, thought you might like a look.

November 11, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGarry

Went to the gig in Epsom last night. Great material delivered by a great comic. Not sure it was the right audience which is a very arrogant thing to say as it suggests that I am but others weren't. However, I felt that the delivery was excellent and, hopefully, I can be there for the next tour and the next. Thanks too for the brief chat afterwards.

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjimmysmate

Saw you at Epsom last night Alexei. A very memorable & joyful night. I've been a fan for years. I missed out on seeing you back in the day. For me it was a bit like getting tickets to see the beatles. And you were very, very good. Welcome back.

Don't give up the novels though. I am reading weeping woman hotel at the moment which is a real treat. I read Overtaken from cover to cover at the hospital when my son was born (There was a lot of time spent waiting for contractions with nothing going on at all) and I have re-read it since. I couldn't believe it when you introduced us to the main characters and then killed them off straight away!

I'm afraid that your warm up man was not too hot though. I am not easily offended but comics that come on stage and try to wing it with no prepared material at all, that does offend me. Take pride in what you do!

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSimon Cobham

It was a real treat to see you last night in Cheltenham - from the second row I was taken back 30 years - to June 9th 1982 - when your show was the stag night treat before my wedding the next day!
You are still as challenging and edgy as you aver were and my wife (same one!) and I had a great time - and I think I still rmember some of the jokes from first tmie round .... though you did use my favourite one - about the reason wine bars are so called?
I will make a point of dropping in on your next visit to Cheltenham - though I do not expect it to be in such an intimate venue. Your stage presence is strong and I really hope you get the portable bedroom sorted!
You are younger than me by the way - at 60 life is a breeze!

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerry

Fantastic show in Cheltenham last night. The master is back. Don't stop writing the books though.

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Tunbridge Wells was very nice. Cheers. Take it easy.

November 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Cunningham

When me and my other half heard you were coming to Tunbridge Wells we were so excited we bought tickets straight away as we are both big fans. Thankyou for an amazing show last night at the trinity(sorry for interrupting your flow to use the loo). Have not laughed that much in ages, our lass was in pain she laughed so much. Pleas come back soon.
The very best regards Paul Foot.

November 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Foot

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