Blog 82

It seems if I wake up and my phone has loads of messages on it these days it means somebody has died.  Either a comic like Robin Williams or Rik or hundreds of people as in Gaza.

My friend Josh Howie, (who got five stars in Edinburgh from Kate Copstick in the Scotsman Hooray!) suggested I start stockpiling obits of my friends.  In a quiet moment I could work on a eulogy to somebody I know because who knows?  I might be talking about them on 5 Live in a few weeks time or doing a piece about them for the Telegraph.


Blog 82a.

It's like the mid 90s all over again from Sunday because I'm on the TV twice! Sunday on BBC4 is "The John Moores Prize with Alexei Sayle" which is the documentary I've been making about this prestigious painting prize.  Then on the 23rd I am guest lead on Holby City, playing a failed comedian with a heart defect and an illegitimate son! I don't know why they chose me.  My friend Siobhan Redmond who was in Holby for two years says every episode would be 30 seconds long if all the patients just said to the staff "Mind you own fucking business"

On the dead comic front.  When Joan Rivers died I did get offered Newsnight and a couple of other things so now I'm wondering if there'a an agent who specialises in comedian's obituaries.


Blog 82b

As my friend David Stafford pointed out, Sir Kenneth Clarke never did a Holby City in the same week as one of his fancy-pants arts programmes went out did he?  I bet if he was still alive he'd feel like shit now.  Same goes for Andrew Graham Dixon.


Blog 82c

 Yes Tony Visconti.  Not many people know about my part in the creation of the Ziggy album.


Blog 81

Yes I’ve written a piece for tomorrow’s Independent about Rik but though radio and TV have been phoning I’m too upset to speak coherently.


Blog 80

Blimey I’m all over the Saturday Telegraph this week (5th April)!  There’s me stunt driving in the motoring section then there’s me visiting Hull with Matthew Norman in the Weekend section.   It’s an Alexei Extravaganza!

I got knocked off my bike this week by a taxi driver turning left across me, this is the first accident I’ve had in ten years.   Somebody called an ambulance but I cancelled it, though I’m still in a bit of pain today, (it happened on Tuesday)  but what shocked me was how unpleasant the cabbie was, he’d hit me and he hadn’t been indicating but he still was really obnoxious.  I always think it’s easier when you’re driving or cycling to think that people are just trying to get about and not to assume that other road users are hateful but this guy really tested that belief.

With regard to your question Anthony on Critical Race Theory.  Interestingly a  few years ago at a bookreading a woman asked me a question about identity politics, I said I was more used to people asking me about working with the Daleks and she replied that in fact the Daleks were a prime example of identity politics since they were a single race trying to advance their own agenda.  Without seeking to devalue CRT (which I don’t know enough about) the thing that I always found liberating about Marxism is that it puts people’s economic relationship with each other above all else.  So white oppression in the United States is a function of the white ruling class and not of white people and any race is capable of oppressing any other race or its own race if it becomes the economic ruling class.


Blog 80a

The stories on the internet that I am going to take over from Sir Bruce Forsyth on "Strictly..." are premature.  Let's just say we are in talks with the BBC but that's as far as I can go right now.


Blog 80b

I'm on the TV tonight, Channel 4 in "For The Love of Cars" with Philip Glennister driving to Paris in a Triumph Stag.  Don't you all envy me?


Blog 79

Somebody asked for a new photo so here's a nice one of me and Wilf.


Blog 78

Happy New Year everyone.  Since the tour ended one I haven’t really felt like posting because I haven’t got anything to say but it was a remarkable experience and I’ve only got a couple of regrets-that we didn’t fit in a Liverpool gig and as one of the OGs on this site that Evelyn didn’t get to see the tour.

I’m not sure that I want to tour again though not single gigs anyway, certainly until say the summer I want to carry on writing.  At the moment the volume 2 of the memoir is going well- provisional title “Thatcher Stole My Trousers”.  Then maybe I was thinking of a longish residency in London.  Starting out with the old material from this tour plus working out new stuff then maybe I could see me doing sort of five day stints in small venues in towns out of London but it is all theoretical at the moment.