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Hi Russell.  Sorry I’ve been away for too long.  Yes much coming up in the New Year.   On Febuary and March Radio 4 will be broadcasting some of my short stories in the 11.30 a.m.slot.  The series is called “The Absence  Of Normal” and it is a dramatisation rather than a reading and there are already some big name actors on board so I’ll keep you all updated about that.  Series 3 of “Sandwich Bar” is also planned for next year scheduled to be transmitted in October and November and I guess we’ll be recording in the summer.  Again I’ll keep you posted.  As to standup I don’t have any plans right now except that I will be doing both the Southport and Chester comedy festivals in 2019 but two gigs really isn’t enough is it? I really do feel I should be doing more standup especially as the few I have done in the past years have all gone really well its just hard to find the right venues.  I performed at a couple of benefits this year and they all went well but I felt like they weren’t quite right for me to work out new material so need to find something better.   Adam Buxton just emailed to ask if I’ll be on his podcast so I guess that’ll be happening in the new year too.

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Reader Comments (5)

Thanks Alexei!

See, I'm all happy now.

So much is coming.
Yes you certainly should do more stand up. The gigs I went to were excellent. And you should film them with Go Faster Stripe or at the O2 or something.

Adam Buxton's podcast is great. I'm very happy about this.

This morning I was listening to Rule of Three (Jason Hazely and Joel Morris's podcast featuring people in the comedy industry discussing their favourite comedy.) I'd love to hear you on it, but I've got no idea if you've got a comedy you can "geek out" about for the requisite amount of time.

November 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

I just realized I missed the second series of Sandwich Bar. I hope it's still there on the site.

November 29, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHenrik

Have you looked at Birmingham? The Fat Penguin comedy club runs Wednesdays out of a pub called the Patrick Kavanagh in Moseley - it might be the right size and type of audience to test material...

November 30, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRob McD

I've just read Thatcher Stole My Trousers which was brilliant. (I bought it in hardcover but I was saving it for a time I could really savour it, which made sense to me at the time.) Then, because I loved it so much, I started to re-read Overtaken. And I'm noticing all the autobiographical bits in Overtaken, which is adding to my self-congratulatory enjoyment. (The Van Gogh in the hall in Rome; Sage Pasquale/Linda's ability to not tread in dog shit etc.) But I also noticed a description of Florence as having a body like a beautiful dress she had just that minute put on, and that "For the ordinary civilian, their body was merely something to go down to the shops in." Which made me think of Mister Roberts!
I'm writing this here because I'm having difficulty keeping it to myself, but I don't know anyone who would tolerate my level of smugness as I told them.

January 10, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

This blog turned ten years old recently.
To celebrate, I'm writing this here.
I'll also mention that I'm reading Great Bus Journeys of the World for the first time, and that I'm hoping to spot which bit David Stafford wrote when he was tripping off his tits. As yet my search has been inconclusive. I'd appreciate any help.
Oh and thirdly, I listened to a lovely interview with Arthur Matthews during which he said Alexei was always very good to him and Graham Linehan. So I thought I might as well ask, Alexei, if you ever want another writer who is willing to bend to your voice, I'd do it for a bag of balloons and a pencil.

January 20, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

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