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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


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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.

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Reader Comments (7)


March 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEnoch Powell

Oh no he is not blind, he just doesn't give a fuck.


March 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenter8==D~

Great show on 24th. Still got it. Good luck with the new material.

March 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Hi Alexei

I was part of the audience last night (it made me feel young!) and now feel a terrible pressure about commenting below the line.
But it was great seeing you live again. There was lots of excellent stuff in there and it was a privilege to see the "Work In Progress." (How do you usually prepare a show if you don't preview it?)
Keep fighting the war!

March 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

I learned a new word SCFMOFO!

April 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Miller

Any chance we northerners can laugh at your new material sometime?

April 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMr F B

Hi Alexei
Thanks for answering! I'm fascinated by the different approaches people take to the process of creating and performing, so it's especially interesting to read about yours.
(In fact, I'd love to read about it in much more detail. Would your publisher allow a sliver of non-fiction in your next collection, do you suppose? Just to keep me happy? Or an entire book?)
It was a brilliant show. For something that was almost all new it had an amazing hit rate.

April 2, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

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