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Warning.  Sorry to disappoint you but that's not the real me on twitter.

 My friend Nigel Planer was telling me that a while ago the man pretending to be him was having an argument with the man pretending to be Ricky Gervaise.


I would completely agree with G about The Shadowline.  Though it was relatively engaging in the early parts in the end it amounted to nothing because the story was not convincingly resolved.  Its not just the BBC who do this though, C4s Utopia suffered from the same problem, the end made no sense whatsoever which really makes all the time you've invested in it a waste.  Basically C4 and Kudos Productions owe me six hours, so I'd like Elizabeth Murdoch to come round and paint my stairs. 

However re my BA 13 OON piece in the Telegraph there was a good car smash up in Utopia, I think it was a silver MK 2 Mondeo but they shot it from the side from which angle it looked like a brand new car that they were destroying.  So well done Kudos car smash up department,  boos to everyone else apart from the actors who did their best.  Incidentally Stephen Rea was in both Shadowline and Utopia-maybe he's the problem.

Mr Heath, since nobody else bothered I'd recommend, Barcelona Plates, Mister Roberts and Stalin Ate My Homework.

Also I don't know if I've said but I'm doing 10 extra dates at Soho from the 2nd of April and I'm playing two nights at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on July 4th and 5th though I'm insisting they re-name the venue Hugo Chavez Hall or Nohm Chomsky Hall for the duration of my residency.

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HA! Please come and do a gig in Manchester/North we NEED YOU! :):)

March 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershiveringgoat

An unsatisfactory resolution is the problem I find with all drama. That's why I wait until a series is finished and reviewed (by friends) before I start watching. I was late to Deadwood but I love it... And I will probably never watch Lost. I'd recommend it as a technique for avoiding disappointment. You might be labelled a twat, though.

I like all Alexei's books but, Mr. Heath, Barcelona Plates is a great place to start if you like short stories. Because it's short stories. Mister Roberts is a great novella. Actually, Overtaken & Weeping Women aren't very long... Perhaps Alexei isn't a fan of chunkier fiction?

Alexei, will you write a follow up memoir specifically about your years in comedy and literature? Or for those of us who'd love a quick fix, you could do a podcast. You should try listening to The Comedian's Comedian by Stuart Goldsmith if you'd consider doing that? It's very good.

March 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

i hope your posting will be useful for everyone

March 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjudi bola

I have the same problem as Russell. That's why I'm having a hard time living with a 20 year student from France at the moment.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKel_Solaar

Landed on this blog coz I mentioned you the other day to a colleague. Management has decided to send us for group therapy as we (a group of Brits working in the Low Countries) keep complaining about their indecision and racial intolerance. We will face the following to stop us asking questions:

<<co-active coaching and leadership, presencing and Theory U from Otto Scharmer, systems theory, group dynamics, mental models, management drives, value systems, improvisation theater, music, art, martial arts, dance. >>

Made me think of Leotards and Dire Straits. Then thought of you in a headband but can't remember the sketch.

Bring your tour to Europe - if Eddie Izzard can do it, I am sure you can

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike

"since nobody else bothered I'd recommend" ...

Well I've only read Mr Roberts so cannot compare with the others so said nothing.
I'm half way through the Weeping Woman Hotel ... it's a very different kind of novel to Mr Roberts.
Well, Mr Roberts has a very physical McGuffin which drives the plot along and is clearly telegraphed to the reader whereas in the Weeping Woman Hotel you have to get quite a long way in till you discover what's really driving events and then all the seemingly unrelated strands start to knit together - which is a really nice trick to pull off. I like them both in different ways.

As a recovering dyslexic I find the whole process of reading very tiring so I am glad the books are not long. The book should be as long as the story - not as long as some publishing house or editor or convention has decreed.

The trouble I have with novels in general is if you read a bad one or a boring one it's a massive mis-investment of time and you feel so drained and cheated. Yet at the same time I always feel as though I have to finish them because I want to know what happened - or if I get into the last 1/3 there will be a plot turn which I wasn't expecting which will make up for the tedium. Slightly ashamed to admit the obvious truth that if this website wasn't here I wouldn't have given the novels a go...

A lot of British novels seemed to be all introverted and self obsessed to me. "British films look backwards never deal with modern ways and pander to the snooty critic strictures" was very true of British films in the 80s. And sadly it was true of a lot of novels as well. Maybe I just read the wrong books. As I say I haven't actually read that much but I like Mr Sayles novels. At least they have lots of charecters and a plot. Stalin Ate My Homework reads like a novel in places...

So they seem like good books to me but then I'm quite ignorant ... but maybe that's an inferiority complex....

March 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Miller

dislexi sayle :)

March 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKel_Solaar

Another weird reference link. This time to something calling itself 'Taruhan Bola'.

Some good interviews with AS on the London Is Funny website. Interesting to learn about the early days.

I can't believe how lucky we all are that Alexei is back doing stand up. And he isn't shit! He's brilliant!

March 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Shadow Line was very very poor. The dialogue astonishingly mannered, and the plot as thin as Mr Creosote's last bite. In toto, a heap of dog shit.

March 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

My memory can be weird, coming up with stuff out of nowhere. I recently saw an ad for Virgin Airlined which had a scene of Richard Branson leaving a woman's bedroom, while she says "well, that was fast". Her voice got me thinking that this is the grown-up version of the little girl who asks "Who is that fat bastard?" at the end of the openers for "Alexei Sayles' Stuff". That show was only 20-some years ago, so the ages would be about right. Does anyone know? Alexei?

March 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJimB

Hello Mr Sayle,

This probably isn't the prefect way to respond but here goes. You were quoted in the paper today as saying that an independent Scotland would mean permanent Tory government for the remaining UK. Actually if you take out the Scottish votes it makes little difference. You can read a list of how the votes would have turned out here:


Some important things have never been united. We always has a Scottish NHS and it's not being privatised in the way the English one is. If we stay part of the UK then over time the Barnett formula will make it more difficult for us to maintain the NHS and free education.

Anywho, to more important matters, if you're in Scotland you might enjoy a visit to Wheelcraft. It's a bike shop at the bottom of the Campsie fells about 10 miles north of Glasgow. It's run by Big Al.


Don't go in a hurry as Al will talk to you. The video at the bottom has a view in side the shop. Al is sitting at the wheel jig as usual.

Heck, if you're in Airdrie you can try my tricycle but it's only a 20" frame so a bit wee for you.

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraedan

Off topic, my apologies. Following your comments on Scottish independence in today's Glasgow Herald, I'm sure you have already discovered that Scottish votes have never had any bearing on which government is elected at Westminster. If you continue to have Tory governments after Scottish indepndence it will be because most of you vote for them, just as you have done in the past.

I'm inferring from what you say that you consider yourself to be somewhat left-leaning, so here's a different take on the constitutional issue. Be aware you'll get no more interviews with the Glasgow Herald if you base your opinions on this silly factual stuff, though.


April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVronksy

Saw the show at Soho Theatre last night -
very nice...

April 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteralternativescousers

Re the warning. I wonder what the man pretending to be Ben Elton thinks of all this. If there is one.

April 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

Dizzee Rascal is dead!!

April 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

What do you mean Dizzee Rascal is dead?

April 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKel_Solaar

It's a reference to Alexei's Soho show. If you haven't seen it - I'd recommend going. It's ace.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRussell

People say you knew where you were under Dizzee Rascal
Yes, you knew where you were. You were ------

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Miller

Saw the mench inter view and comented on it. as biker jon1... poor delude lass... I hope to meet you again sometime,

Meby I could do a workshop? Stand up or material stuff....

DING DONG////// tramp the dirt down. Sorry, but a german house guest once burnt my Swastika poster and this was 50 years after the event.... When MAGGIE died, I fully understood my german pal. Some folk forfeit their right to respect. eh not? Im also on Facebook as BJ CHELA, near Accrington town. Shite, even billy elliots dancin!

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJon frodsham

Thanks for that Mr Frodsham, the Mensch interview was hilarious. I loved the way she said she loved almost every single 1980s comedy program as if to try and prove she has a sense of humour - cramming in as many names as possible. This is a woman so controlling she actually started her own social networking site to cut out all the nasty people who disagreed with her and called it Menshn? Even Mrs Thatcher wasn't vain enough to actually name things after herself. Yes, most amusing. Talk about trying too hard. I almost expected her to tell us how many years ago to the day Allo John You've Got A New Motor ...

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Miller

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