Blog 92

Hi Jay.  Yes do go ahead and upload "Cak" and "Fish People".  Maybe people could give a donation to Medical Aid To Palestine or St Mungos if they do, perhaps suggest that.

“Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary Sandwich Bar” will go out every Wednesday in November on radio 4 starting on the 1st.  I think it wiIl be in the 11 p.m.slot though Producer Joe said he was sure he could do an edit and it might transmit at 6.30 as well or maybe that will be later.  Still it was great making the show and I do feel that we created something really special there, its nice to hear from those who were in the audience that they felt the same.  Those Saturdays at BH felt like truly special nights.

And yes I am in Australia.    Finished recording on the 27th, then flew to Melbourne for the Writer’s Festival on the 29th of August.   Then on to Sydney for the Festival of Dangerous Ideas followed by Brisbane Writers Festival where I am now.  Though sadly neither Linda or Wilf are with me.

It was an astonishing experience to fill the Sydney Opera House on Sunday, though I was feeling slightly trippy because I’d got up at 4.30 a.m. to fly from Melbourne that morning and Quantas had temporarily lost my luggage so I couldn’t do all my magic stuff because the tricks were in the bag along with the re-creation of the battle of the River Plate for similar reasons.

Actually I was saying to my PR in the car from Sydney Airport that I couldn’t do my magic because the rabbit was in the lost luggage and about ten minutes later the driver asked in a nervous voice “It’s not alive is it your rabbit?” I replied that no the rabbit was not alive, the doves were but they were flying to Sydney under their own steam.

Oh and Linda said I was trending in Australia on Twitter the day after the Opera House event though quite a few people got worried because they thought I was dead and that's why I was trending.




Blog 91

Hello everybody here is a link for you to get tickets to the recordings of my radio show.

Do come along it'll be fun-ish.


Blog 91a

Hi Jay,

Alexei Sayle's Imaginary Sandwich Bar will go out on Radio 4 every Wednesday in November (beginning on the 1st)  I think the time slot is 11.00 or 11.30 in the evening.

I'm glad you enjoyed it and you were a great audience.  I was quite nervous because a lot of that stuff had never been performed anywhere live before (apart from to Linda and Wilf) so it was good to see that so much of it worked.  Hopefully we can keep in as much of the stuff I improvised as possible.


Blog 90

I used to think there was some force in the universe which meant that anybody who crossed me would suffer.  Years ago I travelled to Birmingham to do the BBC 1 lunchtime show “Pebble Mill At One” suffering from a very bad cold.  Just before we were about to go live the woman who was hosting it turned to me and said, “those are my scripts on that chair I know you think it would be funny to mess with them but don’t alright!”   Of course I had no intention of doing any such thing but I was feeling too ill to make a fuss.  On the way back all the trains were cancelled and I had to take a taxi at my own expense to London.  Over the years I have watched as that woman’s career has slowly declined from daytime TV, the last I heard of her she’d just had her show cancelled on Radio Devon.    The only place that seemed immune to the force in the universe that avenged me was a sandwich bar in Southwark London that had been converted to a cafe from a toilet.  For some reason I went there twice and both times they short changed me.  I confidently expected the place to burn down or be closed by the health people but it is still going strong to this day.  The only conclusion I can come to is that the people who own this ex-toilet cafe are in touch with more powerful darker forces that me.

During the last murderous Israeli assault on Gaza I fell out badly with a pro Israeli woman on the Jeremy Vine show on Radio 2  who threatened to sue me for libel.   Then a while ago I was listening to Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 and I thought to myself “who’s that horrible snide person hosting the show?”  It was her!  So then I thought maybe she was in league with same dark forces as the Southwark Toilet/Sandwich bar but she hasn’t been on for a while so maybe she isn’t.


Blog 90a

With regard to audio books apparently Bloomsbury spoke to Audible and others but they weren't interested in an audio book from me even with my lovely voice and everything so I don't know what to do really.


Blog 89

I see Metro chose "Thatcher Stole My Trousers" today as one of their picks for 2016 which is a good start.  Now that the holiday break is over we will be ramping up publicity ahead of the launch on March 10th.  I will let you know about readings etc.  There is one in Wanstead that sold out in an hour!  (admittedly the place only holds 80 but still...)



 Blog 89a

There's a nice quote in an interview with Paul Merton in the Guardian today.

"So, after leaving school, he worked for seven years as a clerical officer at Tooting employment office. “I remember I was 19 and they were already advising me to consider my pension options.” Then he saw Alexei Sayle. “People go on about seeing the Sex Pistols live. He was my Sex Pistols.” Inspired, Merton quit the civil service and gave himself five years to make it."

 Blog 89b

Reading the recent obituaries I was reminded of a joke David Stafford wrote for me that B.B. King's first names were actually Boutros Boutros.

Also every time I drive up the Kilburn High Road I am reminded of his play on the remark of Louis XIV "L'etat cest une cinema a Kilburn"


Blog 89 c

Hi Rich.  At the moment there's no audio of "Thatcher..." but funnily enough I just emailed Bloomsbury asking why earlier today.  Maybe we'll do one.


Blog 88


Well interestingly enough me and Clive James didn’t get on in my early years, he didn’t appreciate my style of humour but later on things got better between us and he actually compared my short stories favourably with De Moupassant  which was nice.  Funny you remember that night at the 100 Club it was weird us both being there.  I tried to out dance him but he had an advantage. He did an interview with me for Sky Arts, I think it was at his flat on the river and I saw he had his own dance studio with a sprung floor and everything.

And Russell you mention all the writers I’ve worked with but say not John Sullivan.  In fact round about 1992 Sullivan wrote a pilot script starring me and we actually made the pilot.  It was called I think something like “A Small Island” and I had a VHS but I’ve lost it.   So if anybody has one I’d love to see it  which is unlikely because I think the BBC probably had all the tapes destroyed.  I won’t go on about all the many things that were wrong with it right now but maybe one day...