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Hello everybody sorry I haven’t posted for a while but I’ve been taking some time off so I’ve had nothing to say.

However I am performing at the Glasgow comedy festival on the 19th of March and in preparation I’m doing some work in progress gigs at the Museum of Comedy 13th-17th March.  Come along.

Also Imaginary Sandwich Bar has been nominated for Best Radio Comedy at the Chortle Awards 2018, it won’t win, some arsehole with a huge online presence will win but Vote For Me anyway!


Blog 101a


The Palestinian-led movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize!

Bjørnar Moxnes, the Norwegian Member of Parliament who formally made the nomination, said:

“Awarding this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the BDS movement would be a powerful signal, emphasising the international community’s commitment to support a just peace for the Palestinian people... the Israeli people and all people in the Middle East – and the world at large.”

In partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace, Palestinian Solidarity is launching a petition seeking 15,000 signatures urging the Nobel Committee to grant the Peace Prize to the BDS movement.

BDS stands in the same proud tradition of nonviolent resistance as the Montgomery bus boycotts, the United Farm Workers grape boycott, the boycott against South African apartheid, Gandhi’s boycott of British goods, etc. 

Sign the petition and tell the Nobel Committee: the movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions deserves recognition— because Palestinians deserve to be free.

Today— as was the case with all those other boycotts, in their time— not everyone sees BDS for the principled movement that it is. Every day, BDS activists are attacked by those devoted to defending Israel’s apartheid system. 

The Nobel Committee will publish a shortlist of nominees by the end of September. We need to lift our collective voice as high as we can today, and seize this opportunity to take a meaningful step towards justice.

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Reader Comments (12)

Hi Alexei
I'm voting here.

February 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterParker Milady

Has anyone tried selling Dr Martens boots in Israel or Palestine.

February 16, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMr FB

I love how this is important but still gets Blog 101a, rather than Blog 102. Because it still isn't as important as shiny new award!
Keep fighting the fight, Alexei.

February 21, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

Just bought Dave Gorman's 'Googlewhack Adventure'. On my account it said 'People who shopped for this item also looked at' and then underneath: 'No recommendations found for your selection.'

RIP Ken Dodd. I'm glad I went to see him in the 80s. Traditional yes, but I don't think he was one of those slimy comedians Alexei described who can't hold a normal conversation. Did you ever meet him Alexei?

March 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Thomas

and I will lay me down Doreen

Thank you

Tatty bye, Doddy. The most famous resident of Knotty Ash, wielder of the tickling stick and creator of the Diddymen, has died. Sir Ken Dodd's widow said: "He just wanted to make people happy". He was both of his time - described as "one of the last music hall greats" - and timeless. From his debut at the Nottingham Empire in 1954 as "Professor Yaffle Chucklebutty: Operatic Tenor and Sausage Knotter," he never failed to reduce his audiences to tears of helpless laughter. For some, there could be no higher moral purpose of comedy than this. Yet we don't all agree about what is funny or even about what comedy is for. There will always be those who think that some subjects are beyond humour. Others will say it's the target of the humour that's important. Should comedy reinforce or challenge the moral consensus of its audience? When is mockery offensive and when is it satire? Where is the line between challenging bigotry and reinforcing stereotypes? Are comedians as important as pundits or politicians to the health of democracy? Or has comedy dumbed down debate and trivialised issues we should be taking seriously? Was Molière right when he said that the function of comedy is "to correct men's vices"? Or should we just stick a cucumber through next doors' letter box and tell them the Martians have landed?

The Morality of Comedy


March 14, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Just finished listening to Stalin Ate My Homework on audiobook. Absolutely loved it. Imagine my disappointment when I went to download Thatcher Stole My Trousers only to find that it isn't available on audiobook. My wife suggested that rather than whinging endlessly about it I should just read the paper version. Well I tend to listen to books when I'm driving, so I'm going to see how she likes it when I whip out the paper version of the book and start reading when I'm driving her and the kids down the outside lane of the M56.

March 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPete




If you can answer YES to all of these questions, then an exciting opportunity awaits you as a member of the BBC Radio 4 comedy audience.

We're looking for people like you who can guffaw at anything that sounds like it might be a joke to join our successful team of weekday teatime comedy show audience members.

The successful applicant will have a proven track record of audibly splitting their sides at fifteen second intervals for up to thirty minutes a day, bursting into applause at the end of very hastily written topical comedy songs on The Now Show, and pissing themselves every time Susan Calman mentions her cats.

An ability to shout 'Hooray!' or 'Woo!' just after the announcer says the name of the show would be an advantage.

NB: We are only looking for people who are very very very very easily amused. People who are only very very very easily amused need not apply.

March 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterVIZ

Not as funny as it used to be, is it.

March 26, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

Is it true Ken Dodd and Bobby Chariot had the same dentist?
And is there a link to the petition for those too lazy to google?

April 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAnthony Miller


Today I am launching an appeal on behalf of a former British comedian called...


April 25, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBart

The BDS movement is not nonviolent nor does it seek a peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It’s clearly stated goal is the destruction of Israel and the eradication of a Jewish presence in the Middle East. They no more deserve the Nobel peace then Obama, Arafat, Donald Trump, or Pol Pot

May 1, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBruce Ackman

Hi Alexei and co.

I'm listening to The (Young Ones) Reunion on Radio 4. I'm enjoying your Robin Williams.
Good to get all of you round the table, but I wish it could have been longer.

May 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterRussell Jones

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