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Hi everybody, it’s been a while.  So I did five nights at Soho theatre of my new standup show then ten nights at Edinburgh and that all went very well.  Especially since the room I was playing was a really difficult space.  Now we are thinking about how I can do more perormances both in London and around the country, I don’t have an answer yet but we’re working on it.

The Sandwich Bar Book is mostly the scripts from series one with a few new bits specially written I’ve thrown in and some illustrations.  It’s a nice little book.

Series 2 of Sandwich Bar starts recording on Sept 30th.  I think all the tickets are well over booked but I guess there may be returns I don’t know how the BBC works it.  I’ve recorded two new songs for the show written and produced by Tim Sutton and they are both magnificent, particularly the Jaques Brel style one.

Russell I don’t think I had anything against Frank Skinner when I wrote that bit in Overtaken it was just he seemed to be the comedian those people would be going to see at that time.  Also one radio show I always try and listen to is Frank’s show on Absolute radio on a Saturday morning and I like his side kicks too Emily Dean and Alan Cochrane.

Blog 99a

I didn't notice this at the time but somebody pointed it out to me last week from an article written by Sir Chris Hoy in GQ magazine-"It might seem ludicrously simple, but the obvious answer to what to wear on your bike is whatever that helps you enjoy cycling. Of course, the reality is a little more complicated, especially for us Brits. If you look at nations where cycling has been popular for years, such as Denmark,

Holland and Germany, it really isn't an issue. And yet in the UK, we are still in that awkward phase of finding ourselves in an unfamiliar situation and feeling uncomfortable. So we overthink things and end up assuming to ride a bike in any way seriously you need to be wearing a full Team Sky racing kit. Of course, that it makes most cyclists look as ridiculous as an overweight football fan wearing the shirt of his favourite club for a pub five-a-side game. Hence the popularity of the famous acronyms of Manil ("middleaged men in Lycra"), and the less well known but much funnier Puffin (comedian Alexei Sayle's "pathetic unfit fat f***ers in nappies")."

Blog 99b

Hello everybody I'm filling in for Jarvis Cocker this Sunday on 6 Music.  4p.m.  Don't pretend you didn't know.

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Reader Comments (9)

PUFFIN has just made my day. Thanks Alexei!

September 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterBGC75

I hope you get opportunity to tour again (selfishly, as I've just returned to Nottingham and the Soho and the Museum of Comedy etc aren't as easy to get to.)
Thanks for answering the question about Frank Skinner. If you miss a show there's always the podcast. No songs or adverts. I listen to his podcast all the time. It's great to hear you're a fan, too. A fellow reader.
(You should stick a lead and a false beard on Wilf and ask to do Emily's dog walking podcast.)
Good luck with the book and the new series.

September 27, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

I heard you (on something) talk about the possibility (or lack of it) of there being a 3rd book to follow up Stalin/Thatcher.

I remember you saying it would just be about going to Waitrose.

Just to be sure, does that mean there deffo won't be one?

(for the record, given how great the first two were, I'd read about about your trips to Waitrose).

Good luck.

PS: If you ever decide to make a film of one of your short stories, I suggest the one about the old feller who ends up as a hitman. That was boss.

September 29, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterEugene Ruane

Exciting to see mention of a Sandwich Bar book!
I'm guessing the writer in the Obeah story last blog was Pauline Melville. Anyone who enjoys Alexei's fiction should definitely check out her brilliant novels "The Ventriloquist's Tale" and "Eating Air".

October 5, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

So happy a second series of sandwich bar is coming. BBC needs more Alexi, less John Finnimore.

October 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDan

So, Alexei, if you're the godfather of alternative comedy, what is Sean Hughes. At least the "non-resident parent" of it. He did take it away from straight stand up and into the direction of a small, funny, one man play. Didn't he?
I remember he cited Linda's "diluting the legacy" phrase as one he was fond of. (On the comedian's comedian podcast, I think.)
I'm not asking you to make his death the subject of your 100th blog, but I wondered if you had any thoughts about him.
Sad, isn't it.

October 17, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

Great to read that you are looking into the logistics of touring. If you come up to Newcastle I'll be there!

November 10, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Hey Alexei
Is there any way, any way at all, of getting the whole of the What's on in Stoke Newington sketch??
As a teen I found it bloody hilarious and it would be so great to hear the whole thing now. There are so many fantastic images from it. "I went blind for a fortnight it was ffing amaaazing!"
I'd pay good money for it!!!

September 28, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterLouisa

Hi Alexei, just read your book TSMT, And thoroughly enjoyed it. I was there at the Albany Empire, great stuff you bastard (could’ve been worse!).
What a great time.....
Cheers, Bob

October 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBob L

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