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...


Blog 87

A friend pointed out the other day that in all of the dictionaries for Cockney rhyming slang on the internet they all state that an email is an "Alexei Sayle".  For example "I'll Alexei Sayle you later."

Then they pointed out in the explanation it said.  "Alexei Sayle used to be a comedian in the UK."

So swings and roundabouts really.


Blog 87a.

Yes he was a lovely man and you're right all the Alf bits are Graham and Arthur apart from that bit at the end of the show where we're improvising (it went on for ages but in the end we only used a tiny portion) and I say about how "dollies are pure..."

He was also briefly in Merry Go Round. 

News at Ten did call yesterday but that was the only one and nobody called me about Cilla at all.


Blog 86

I went to see Jethro Tull at the Fairfield Halls in Croydon last night. Not the 60s band but the agriculturalist and inventor of the horse drawn seed drill in 1701.  He rocked!


Blog 86A

I have begun buying some of my clothes at a branch of High & Mighty in central London.  I know I once typified these sort of shops as "Mister Fat Bastard" but they do stock the larger sizes of fashionable brands such as Gant and Ralph Lauren, sometimes I buy just 1x or 2x.  However on Saturday I thought there was something odd about the bloke who served me.  Just as opticians who have perfect sight often wear spectacles of plain glass so as to reassure their customers that they are like them.  In order to reassure his shoppers I suspected that this guy was wearing a false stomach.


Blog 85

Hi Russell and everybody else, sorry I have been away for so long, I couldn’t think of anything to write to be honest.  The book reading tour even though it was only about 20 plus dates in four months sort of came to dominate everything, whenever I wasn’t driving somewhere I was mostly sitting in a chair quietly humming to myself.   I did enjoy doing the readings and meeting all the audiences, though I’ve put on about five kilos.  Me and Linda resolved to eat healthily yet after the very first date we found ourselves in the chip shop following the show.

On the writing front I’ve finished a second draft of “Thatcher Stole My Trousers” and my editor’s looking at it right now.  Once I get her notes I’ll need to spend a couple of months polishing a third draft then it will be published next year.  When that happens I’ll be thrown into a maelstrom of publicity.

The only live event I have at the moment this year is “Talking Comedy”  12.00.  Assembly Rooms.  Edinburgh 20th Aug. which is an interview type thing with Prof Olly Double of the University of Comedy in Kent.



Sometimes there's two men who sit parked outside my house or over the road all day in a Range Rover.   Sometimes they have the engine running sometimes not.  Occasionally one goes and gets coffee for them both from the Costa on the corner.  I wonder what they are doing.  Sometimes I think that possibly there is literally no reason why they are there at all.



Funnily enough we had a meeting about Thatcher Stole My Trousers today. I've moved publishers to Bloomsbury (which is even nearer my house than Hodders) and they have great plans for next year.  The period the book covers is from 1971 and me coming down to London and ends in 1985 round about the end of the Miners Strike so includes the the Comedy Store and the two series of the Young Ones. I think publication will be April next year but I'd like to get the final draft done by the end of August.